Ohio Star Gains PSU Offer

Scout.com recently finished up its 11-city combine tour with a stop in Akron, Ohio. The MVP of the combine was Columbus, Ohio, native Jeff Cumberland. Cumberland posted some truly remarkable numbers at the event. Upon completion of the combine we spoke with Cumberland to get an update on his recruitment.

At 6-foot-4 and 221 pounds, Columbus (Ohio) Brookhaven athlete Jeff Cumberland is a physical specimen. On Saturday (May 28) he did more then just look the part. Cumberland not only was the most impressive at Akron, he may have been the best kid we’ve tested, period.

Cumberland tested lights out he ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash, 4.28 shuttle, 7.23 L-Cone, posted a 34-inch vertical and a 9-8 standing broad jump.

Playing in a run-oriented offense, Cumberland told Scout.com that he had 19 receptions for 375 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. He earned All-City and All-District honors. Cumberland currently claims offers from Penn State, Minnesota, Michigan State, Akron, Marshall, Illinois and Michigan State.

“Penn State coach Jay Paterno came into the school on Thursday or Friday, but I wasn’t there,” Cumberland said. “He called and told me that he would like to offer me a scholarship. They want me as a tight end or like a flex tight end because of my speed.”

The athletic tight end has taken a handful of unofficial visits this spring to Indiana, Michigan State, USC and Ohio State.

Indiana: “The team looked kind of small. It was all right.”

Michigan State: “It was nice; they have a real nice facility.”

USC: “It was pretty good, they have a small campus.”

Ohio State: “It was pretty nice. I was at a spring practice and it was well organized.”

Cumberland is taking his time in making a decision, but he is looking at five schools right now.

“I would say I’m interested in Miami, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and USC,” Cumberland said.”

One thing is for certain: After his performance in Akron, Cumberland should pick up quite a few new offers in the upcoming weeks.


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