When Elorm Lumor was simply an aspiring Pop Warner athlete, he saw a comment from hometown hero Anthony Davis that stuck with him. When Davis committed to Rutgers as a five-star offensive lineman in the 2007 class, he told anyone that would listen about what it means to represent a home town on the big stage.
Ten years later, New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy linebacker and former Piscataway Chief Lumor remembered what Davis started.
“Anthony Davis once had a quote where he said, ‘if you have a chance to play for your home town and you don’t, then I don’t know what’s wrong with you,’” Lumor said. “I got that chance and I’m taking it.”
Lumor was not on the Rutgers radar out of high school but new head coach Chris Ash quickly identified him as an early-enrollment target.
“They called me, coach Ash and [defensive line coach Shane] Burnham and told me they liked my film,” Lumor said. “I’ve always been interested in Rutgers, in playing at home. This is a great opportunity to play on the right stage with a great new head coach from Ohio State who knows how to win. I believe in him and his philosophy. I think we’re going to be successful real soon, if not this year.”
Lumor makes the short move from his Piscataway home to the Rutgers Busch campus on Sunday. He begins classes Tuesday.
“Wherever they want to put me, I’ll play, but I spoke with them about playing outside linebacker and a little nickel,” he said. “I could play outside linebacker, nickel, safety, defensive end, doesn’t matter. Wherever they want me, I’ll play and I’ll play hard.”
Ash’s reputation at Ohio State was more than enough as a relationship builder.
“I used to look up to Ohio State when they were winning championships and I loved their defense,” he said. “He was a part of that and now he’s my head coach. It’s a great situation for me, especially getting to represent my home state.”
Lumor flipped to Rutgers from Temple and also earned a Maryland offer after he completed his post-grad workload. He becomes Ash’s first commitment since he took over the program at Rutgers.
“My message [to the fans] is this program is about to turn around,” he said. “We have a great coaching staff, a great leader. Just for them not to give up, just for them to believe and stay true to Rutgers because Rutgers is coming stronger than ever. I believe so. We have strong leaders that are going to lead us. We have strong players coming in that are going to lead us. We’re going to build a strong team.”