Vols seeing plenty of LaTrell Bumphus

After attending both of Tennessee's satellite camps last week, are the Volunteers the team to beat for the Scout No. 1-rated tight end in the Volunteer State's 2017 class?

LaTrell Bumphus is not on Tennessee’s list of committed football prospects, but the two-way athlete has shown quite a bit of interest in the Big Orange of late.

The Scout three-star prospect attended the Elite Linemen Camp in Jackson on Wednesday.

“It went pretty good just sitting there talking to them and getting to know them a lot better,” Bumphus said of the coaching staff.

Bumphus also participated in Tennessee’s STATEment Day Camp in Nashville on June 5.

The 6-foot-3 ½, 235-pounder said tight end is his best position, but he also has skills that could land him on the other side of the football at defensive end. Tennessee coaches offered the prospect his choice for a positional home.

“They said I could come play either one; it’d be left up to me,” Bumphus said.

The Scout No. 1-rated tight end in the Volunteer State said he must improve on “getting in and out of cuts.”

Larry Scott is Tennessee’s first-year tight ends coach. If Bumphus became a Volunteer, there’s a solid chance that Scott would be his position coach. The Savannah native worked out with Scott in the Music City.

“I like (Scott); he’s got a lot of energy. I like that about him. Real nice,” Bumphus said.

“He pushed me a lot and explained a whole lot, too, and made sure I understand.”

For the third time this month, Bumphus will be with Tennessee coaches as he makes the 5-hour drive to Knoxville for the invite-only Orange Carpet Day event on Saturday. The plan is to get to know coaches that much more.

Scott isn’t the only Tennessee coach staying in contact with the Hardin County (Tenn.) High School star. He hears from “just about everybody really.”

“I’m talking to everybody now, like everybody on the whole staff,” Bumphus said.

“They think that they can be the right fit for me, and they can see me getting in there pretty quick,” Bumphus said.

Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and “several others” are coming after Bumphus hard. He said a list of top schools of interest will be released “within the next few weeks.”

“I plan to take some officials, but I ain’t got no certain commitment day yet,” said Bumphus, who looks up to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and has a relationship with Vols redshirt sophomore offensive guard Charles Mosley.


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