Shumate Looking At Visits, Talking Rutgers

RAMSEY, N.J. -- Don Bosco Prep four-star safety Elijah Shumate is looking at official visits, and he spoke about two schools he is trying to visit in the next month. He also discussed where Rutgers stands in the process, as well as Don Bosco Prep's season-opening throttling of Mission Viejo (Calif.) High.

RAMSEY, N.J. – Four-star safety Elijah Shumate was a key member of Don Bosco Prep's stingy defense in a dominating 35-7 win for the top-ranked Ironmen against No. 9 Mission Viejo (Calif.) High on Saturday, and for good measure added an 11-yard touchdown run in the closing minutes.

Whether it was playing linebacker or safety, Shumate was physical in the middle of an Ironmen defense that held the Diablos scoreless until late in the fourth quarter.

"It's a big win to start things off, to set the pace, and tell everybody that Bosco is here and we want this national championship," Shumate said. "Our fast-paced offense …they push our defense every day, and we go hard."

Don Bosco's pace, particularly its no-huddle offense, wore Mission Viejo down in the first half. It also helps the Ironmen don't have a many two-way players.

"We don't know anything but going hard every day," Shumate said. "We talk to each other, we make sure each other are in the game, and make sure everybody is doing their 1/11th."

The schedule doesn't get easier as Don Bosco travels to Brandeton (Fla.) for a Friday game against Manatee High, but the post-game afforded Shumate an opportunity to talk about his recruitment, and the prospects of official visits.

And while he is not yet saying he will take an official visit to Rutgers, a school he knows very well from his multiple visits, he holds the Scarlet Knights in high regard. "Rutgers is a great school," he said. "I talk to (assistant) coach (Jeff) Hafley every day. Coach Hafley is the man. I love coach Hafley. I tried to watch them a little bit (Saturday), and I saw (Mohamed) Sanu's catch, and then I had to go to practice. Rutgers is a great school, and they're definitely high on my list."

Shumate is listing Rutgers, Michigan, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma in his top six, but the school he is most familiar with is Rutgers.

"Hopefully, I'm going to South Carolina in October," Shumate said. "I think maybe the second week of October, after we play our Ohio game. I'm trying to get out to Notre Dame in two weeks. I'm seeing if I can do that.

"Notre Dame, there is definitely a high interest level. I communicate with the coaches a lot. They want me to go out and see the campus, and I want to go out and see it."

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