Elijah Shumate is heading to Philadelphia later this week for the Penn Relays, one of the biggest high school track events on the east coast. Shumate will participate in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, representing Don Bosco Prep.
While track season has kept him busy this spring, Shumate is also able to balance that track schedule with the continuous interest for football that comes his way. The four-star safety recently picked up offers from Michigan State, Maryland, USC and Alabama. There's a number of other schools he would like a chance to visit to once track season is over.
"Michigan State was just on the phone with me, and they just offered," Shumate said. "I was trying to get out to Maryland and Virginia maybe next week. I might head over to Syracuse in another two weeks, so that's it for now."
Pittsburgh was also one of Shumate's first offers. When Todd Graham was hired, the Panthers lost a big in with the state of New Jersey, when Jeff Hafley—who has been in charge of recruiting several New Jersey standouts to Pitt—joined the Rutgers staff. Paul Randolph, Pitt's associate head coach who also coaches the defensive line, is working to keep those Jersey ties open, and it sounds like he's off to a good start with Shumate.
"Pittsburgh actually came out on Monday," Shumate said. "I talked with them, and it went great. I talked to coach Randolph and he was telling me he wants me, and he was really interested in me."
Any chance of adding Pittsburgh as one of those unofficial visits?
"There's a big chance of me getting out there (for a visit)," Shumate said. "They said they really like me, so I'm definitely trying to get out there; me and (Don Bosco corner) Yuri Wright."
Shumate finished his junior season with 65 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. He helped the Ironmen to a Group IV Non-Public State championship in 2010 as well.