Sumler Makes West Coast Trip

Florida receiver Tacoi Sumler headed from the Sunshine State to the Golden State and he talked about his impressions of the California schools he visited...

Tacoi Sumler, the 5-foot-9, 165-pound four-star wide receiver from Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, Fla., has spent most of June on the West Coast. "I got to visit a lot of schools and just hang out," Sumler said of his trip. "I've been out here since June 13, but I'm going back (home) soon."

During his West Coast excursion, Sumler visited USC, UCLA, California, Oregon and he even camped at Stanford. Of those, only Stanford and Oregon have offered.

"Stanford was great," he said. "They've got their own golf course and the campus is huge. It's really beautiful there.

"I also like their academics and got to meet some professors too," he said.

Sumler said he liked UCLA campus as well. "It's a nice environment," he said. "The surroundings are great. Everything is top-notch.

"Cal was nice too, though," he said. "I liked the environment there and they are upgrading their facilities too."

While Sumler liked what he saw at all those schools, he admits that Oregon impressed him the most. "The facilities are the best in the nation," he said about the Ducks. "It's crazy. They have like NFL facilities. The locker room is two stories and everything is carpeted. It's just all about the details there. They put a lot of time and money into that place. They've got everything you need."

He says that Oregon, along with Cincinnati, are recruiting him the hardest. "They send me emails all the time and the coaches are always trying to contact me," he said.

Sumler is a longtime friend of Miami native and USC linebacker Frankie Telfort, a high-profile prospect who signed with the Trojans in Feb. '09, but can't play due to a genetic heart condition. "We've been talking about recruiting and he helps me out. He's been telling me to enjoy the process and to do all the interviews I can and just have fun with it."

The Trojans haven't offered Sumler yet either, but he admits he'd be interested if they did. "USC is a big-time program and they always will be," he said. "They're recruiting me, but we haven't talked about an offer or anything."

Sumler says the same thing is true about Cal and UCLA. "They're showing me interest," he said. "But that's about it for now."

He also has offers from Auburn, South Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Duke, Tennessee, Arkansas, South Florida, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Louisville, Wake Forest, Rutgers and several others.

Sumler, ranked as the No. 26 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, says he doesn't have a leader or even a top five yet. "I'm gonna try to have a top five once I get back home," he said. "Right now I'm just going with the flow."

He denies having any timeframe for making a decision either.

Sumler says his criteria in choosing a school will focus on their academics and available majors, the facilities and their depth chart.

He plans to major in business management and reports a 3.4 core GPA. He scored a 1650 three-part SAT and 1150 two-part SAT.


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