After Title, Shumate Ready for Recruiting

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. -- Four-star safety Elijah Shumate of Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) was a member of the state title-winning 4X400 relay team at Monday's Meet of Champions. Afterward, he spoke to about the upset win, the work put in to get there and recruiting, including his weekend visit to Rutgers, and a few schools he thinks will make his Top 10.

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. -- Lightning caused Elijah Shumate and his Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) to wait four days to run in the 4 x 400 at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions, but it was well worth it.

Shumate, a four-star safety, ran the second leg for the title-winning Ironmen, who were seeded fifth but pulled off the upset to win in a time of 3:15.87 Monday at the Track and Field Complex.

"When we run this, everybody usually runs inconsistent times," Shumate said. "We all said we wanted to run a strong, consistent time, and we all just said if we put our mind to it, we can beat any team out there."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Shumate trimmed more than a half-second off his usual time in the event, finishing his leg in 49.6 seconds, and another high-profile recruit, four-star receiver Leonte Carroo, ran a 47.2 in the final leg to overtake top seed Oakcrest High and win the title.

"As soon as he hit the 200 (meter) mark, I said, ‘It's a wrap. He has it,' " Shumate said. "It feels so good because now we're going to end up all-state. We went from 3:20 to 3:15. That's a big drop. It comes from hard work and pushing each other at practice."

With track over, Shumate is ready to focus on football recruiting, and 7-on-7 with Don Bosco.

On the recruiting front, Shumate said he was at Rutgers over the weekend for a get together with some recruits.

"I was down at Rutgers on Saturday," said Shumate, who is's No.7-rated safety. "It was beautiful. The coaches showed us a great time. We had fun, cooked out and I just chilled with the players."

It is something that can play heavily in Shumate's recruitment.

"It helps a lot, getting that connection with the coaches," he said. "It's a big thing where I want to be. I want to get cool with a lot of the coaches. I want to feel like I can be part of it, and it could be like home when I go there."

Shumate holds more than two dozen offers, and his focus in the next few months is to trim his list to a Top 10. And he knows the Scarlet Knights will be on it.

"Of course, Rutgers and Notre Dame will make my Top 10. (And) Georgia, Michigan," he said. "I haven't really decided, but I know Notre Dame probably will and maybe South Carolina will get two of my officials."

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