He doesn’t have some long checklist for the schools he’s visiting this summer. Actually, Bumphus said he’s only interested in find the school that “would be the best fit for me.” And Ole Miss is up there among the schools he likes a lot.
“It’s going pretty good,” Bumphus said of his recruitment. “I’m talking to pretty much everybody. I’ve got several I like a lot — Ole Miss, probably Mississippi State, Alabama, Tennessee and a couple of others. Ole Miss, I like how they get their tight end involved a lot. They switch them up pretty much, and they get the ball to them. They spread it out.”
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Bumphus holds a bevy of offers ranging from the SEC with Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky, to the Pac-12 with USC and Oregon. Bumphus, a member of the recruiting class of 2017, said he has — so far, at least — visits to Tennessee, Mississippi State, Alabama and Clemson scheduled for the summer.
“I’m going to start narrowing things down pretty soon,” he said. “The decision will probably be sometime after football season, or somewhere around there.”
Ole Miss will graduate four-year starter Evan Engram following the 2016-17 season. Engram is the all-time Ole Miss leader in receiving yards by a tight end (1,298), and he’s second all-time among Ole Miss tight ends with 91 catches and seven touchdown catches.
The Rebels signed a pair of tight ends last recruiting cycle, headlined by four-star Octavious Cooley, who reported to campus late last month.
“I like their position coaches,” Bumphus said of Ole Miss. “Me and (Ole Miss tight ends coach) Maurice (Harris), we talk pretty often. We’ve gotten pretty close. I’ve been coming up here for about two years now, so we’ve built a bond.”
Bumphus is ranked the No. 19 tight end in his class by Scout.com.