Wide Receiver Prospect Michael Bumpus

Considered to be one of the best wide receiver prospects in Southern California in the junior class, Culver City's <b>Michael Bumpus</b> has received early recruiting attention. But he said he has one early favorite school...

Michael Bumpus, 6-0, 186, Culver City (Calif.) High, is on the early list of the best wide receiver prospects in Southern California for the class of 2004.


Bumpus played both ways for Culver City last season, catching 75 passes for 1081 yards.  On the defensive side, playing free safety, he totaled 60 tackles and three interceptions.  Bumpus said he believes that his strength is his superior pass-catching ability and his elusiveness.  He said he runs in the 4.5 range, but he's constantly trying to improve his speed. "You can never be too fast," he said. 


Many believe Bumpus projects on the college level as either a wide receiver or a cornerback. "I think some coaches are thinking of me as either," Bumpus said, "I'd prefer to be a wide receiver, but I have no problem playing wherever they want me."


Talking about colleges, Bumpus has started a good collection of mail from various football programs.  "The Pac-10, and other schools around the country have sent me mail," he said. 


But Bumpus didn't hesitate to say that his favorite school is UCLA.  "It was my favorite growing up. I've been to a lot of their games. It just feels like the place I want to be. I also really like the new coaching staff.  They've been sending me mail for a while, and I was invited to their camp."


Bumpus also listed USC, Oregon, Washington State, and Washington as among his early favorites.


The talented two-way player said he would take some time in making a decision once he gets some of the scholarship offers he wants, but if the right offer came, he could make a quick decision. "If UCLA offered, I would probably commit. But I still really want to look at other schools.  I'm trying to find the best place for me."


When discussing what he wants in a program and a college, Bumpus had a pretty clear idea. "I'm looking for an offense that passes the ball. And academically, I want to major in the business area, so I want to make sure the school has the type of courses I want to take."


Bumpus said he hasn't spoken with the new UCLA coaching staff yet, but plans on making the short trek from Culver City up to Westwood to catch some of UCLA's spring practice next month and intends to go to UCLA's camp this June.   "I went to most of UCLA's home games last year so I know a lot of people there," he said. "They didn't offer me, but the old staff might have said something about it to my coach. My coach has said that the new staff is really interested."


He said he's "still debating" whether he'll attend the Los Angeles Nike Camp.


Bumpus has a 2.5 GPA and will take the SAT for the first time in April.

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