Scarlet Knights Offer Speedy Fla. Receiver

Rutgers continues to mine South Florida for talent, especially speed, and an offer went out last week to a receiver at Christopher Columbus High of Miami. The player recently clocked in at 4.33 seconds, and called Rutgers "a great school," and spoke about his liking of New York being so close to the campus. He holds 18 offers, and is planning on visiting campus this spring or summer.

Receiver Tacoi Sumler made the move from Gulliver Prep (Miami) to Christopher Columbus High (Miami) in January because he wanted to prove he could excel playing at Florida's top level of prep football.

Of course, there are already plenty of colleges believing in the 5-foot-9, 165-pound Sumler's ability. He holds 18 offers, and one of the latest came from Rutgers, which sent one last week.

Among the other schools to offer are South Carolina, Mississippi, West Virginia, Tennessee, Florida State, Stanford, Clemson, Arkansas, Nebraska and Auburn, but Sumler has some fond thoughts about Rutgers.

"Overall, it's a great school,'' he said. "New York City is right around the corner, and that's big-time, so publicity won't be a problem there. It's a great program with other sports, so all-around it's a great program.''

Sumler was timed at 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash at a combine last month, and his speed is what colleges crave.

During the offseason Sumler plans on touring a few campuses, and he said Rutgers will make the cut.

"I really want to go see Oregon, Rutgers, Clemson; schools like that,'' he said. "I think I will try to get up (to Rutgers). If I do try to take some trips, it will be during my spring break or the summer.''

Oregon is another school Sumler wants to visit in the summer.

"On paper and on the internet, Oregon is a big place to talk about,'' he said. "There are basically two programs out there with the best facilities, and that's Oregon and Florida. I heard Oregon's facilities are brand new and they look better than Florida, so I want to see if the talk is true.''

Sumler caught 54 passes for 998 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior at Gulliver Prep. He also returned two kicks for touchdowns, and intercepted five passes.

However, in January he switched from Class 2B Gulliver Prep to Christopher Columbus.

"There was a lot of criticism of me last season,'' Sumler said. "A lot of teams were liking me, but a lot of teams were doubting the competition I'm playing against. I didn't like their criticism.

"Basically my dad was telling me, ‘This is a proving year for you. Even though you are out there, you have to prove everybody wrong, and you have to go out and star on the 6A level.' So that's what I'm looking forward to doing this year.''

Sumler gave a timetable for when he will cut his list, and when he could announce a decision.

"I look forward to getting a couple more offers after this spring, so after that I look forward to breaking it down to a top five, or top 10,'' he said. "I think I'm going to wait until signing day, but if I know for sure where I'm going to go, I won't hesitate to commit. I'm looking forward to getting recruited during the season next year, so I'll probably wait until signing day.''

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