The West’s top outside linebacker, Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep’s Addison Gumbs, has a plan. The four-star prospect knows how he wants his college commitment to play out.
The problem is things haven’t gone as planned.
Gumbs wanted to be able to end his recruitment in June with a commitment to one of the slew of schools that are vying for the 6-foot-4, 215-pound playmaker. But he wasn’t sure of his decision and decided to push back his commitment to early July. Now a third of the way through July, Gumbs calls a commitment this month 50-50 at best.
Rather than rush into any decision, he has slow played the process and his original plan. He hasn’t got to the comfort level with any particular school or coaching staff to pull the trigger just yet.
“I don’t want to leave any stone unturned,” Gumbs said. “I want to feel comfortable with everything and everybody and be 100 percent sure, so that you don’t have to go take any officials to other schools.”
There is one timeline milestone that Gumbs knows he wants to keep in tact. He wants to have his recruitment finished before beginning his senior season at Stellar Prep. He doesn’t want any distractions from helping his high school team.
“I definitely want to get it done before my senior year. I don’t want wait around. I want to go into my senior feeling all about my team, try to help recruit for the school that I’m going to go to. That’s really what I’m going to try to focus on, getting it done before senior season.”
Gumbs is giving USC and UCLA a hard look and said he also likes and is considering Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Oregon. He isn’t naming any leaders at this time, but the Trojans are definitely remain in the hunt.
“I love USC. I’ve been there multiple times,” Gumbs said. “I like all the coaching staff. I’ve always watched them growing up, so I feel really great about USC right now.”
The Trojans’ tradition and production of NFL players has really stood out to Gumbs. It has been one of the biggest selling points for the coaching staff.
“They have great linebackers go to the league every year. They have great tradition. Most draft picks in the NFL history, so that’s really what they’ve been telling me. I really took a liking to that.
USC likes Gumbs because of his versatility. He has shown an ability to rush the passer off the edge during the high school season and displayed on the 7-on-7 passing circuit that he can split out and cover wide receivers.
Several schools, including USC, also think the No. 114 overall player in the 2017 Scout 300 could make the transition to playing in the middle of a defense. The Trojans have talked to him about playing inside and outside linebacker, leaving open the door for him to play either position.
But before Gumbs picks a position to play in college, he’ll have to pick a school to play for. But he isn’t setting another potential commitment date. Instead, he plans to “just see how things play out.”
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USC recruiting analyst Gerard Martinez contributed to this report.