Christian Cumber has earned a reputation as one of the better defensive backs in the state of Colorado and it’s shown this spring evaluation period.
The three-star safety from Denver (Colo.) Mullen recently landed a Big 10 offer from Purdue and also has drawn looks from several other programs. The 6-foot, 175-pound prospect has versatility to play everywhere in the secondary and the physicality to be an effective tackler.
Purdue certainly caught his attention with the offer and Cumber intends to look closer into the program.
“I like the defense they run for sure,” Cumber told Scout.com> “They like me at safety and nickel, and I’m interested in that because you’re more involved in the defense than being alone on an island on the edge. I don’t have problem covering receivers, either, so I’m very open to anything. I definitely plan to camp there in the summer.”
Montana and Wyoming are Cumber’s most recent offers. Oregon dropped by the school last week and Cumber has also maintained contact with UCLA, where he camped last summer.
“Oregon has told me I am on their recruiting board, so hopefully I can plan a visit there this summer,” Cumber said. “With UCLA, I’ve been in contact with them and they want me to go to their camp again. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do that, but I plan to get out to Arizona.
“I’ve been to campus before for my sister and I really like the campus feel and the town. It’s not a smaller city, but it’s definitely quieter. I like the heat, so that wouldn’t be a problem. I like the atmosphere there for sure.”
In-state schools Colorado and Colorado State are also in the running for the No. 12-rated safety in the West region.
“My communication has been constant with coach McIntyre at Colorado and also the defensive backs coach,” Cumber said. “They want me to really consider what CU is trying to do in their rebuilding process. They want to recreate some of what they have done in the past.
“I don’t have a problem staying home or going away. I’m definitely interested in CU but right now I’m weighing my options and see what else happens this summer. I would like to commit right before my senior season, hopefully by August, but obviously that’s if things work out and everything lines up.”