Mumford Becoming a Major Prospect

Statesville High School is loaded with talent and Tristan Mumford is one of their top prospects. The 2013 linebacker is attracting interest from across the country. Mumford talks about the recruiting process, his game, and more.

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Tristan Mumford (6'/228) of Statesville High School in Statesville, N.C. will play linebacker in college, but last season injuries forced Mumford to play quarterback. Despite playing out of position, he had a great season and several schools have started to pursue the talented prospect.

"I have offers from North Carolina, East Carolina, Duke, and Wake Forest," said Mumford. "I have been hearing from Virginia Tech and Clemson a lot lately. I am also getting a lot of stuff from USC, Tennessee, Oregon, North Carolina State, Virginia, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Louisville, and Notre Dame."

Mumford was able to visit Clemson, Duke, and Virginia Tech during football season. One visit really impressed Greyhounds' linebacker.

"Virginia Tech, I could see myself playing there," said Mumford. "Before the game, I was down on the sideline and Coach Beamer called Carlis Parker and me out on to the field. He said he was really impressed with me stepping in for Carlis and that he was also impressed with my highlight film."

With four offers already on the table, it appears that more are on the way for Mumford.

"Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Clemson, and Florida all came by my school and I think they could be close to offering," he said. "I would say South Carolina and Clemson are recruiting me the hardest. I really want an offer from South Carolina."

Mumford grew up a fan of East Carolina and South Carolina. The Pirates were Mumford's leader, however he is now open to everyone. He will evaluate schools during spring and summer.

"I don't know about combines and camps, but I will probably just go to the schools that I am really interested in," he said. "One combine I will most likely go to is the Under Armour one in Florida."

The junior was thrust into the spotlight last season and really became a leader for his football team. Although he had a tremendous year, he is still working to improve his game.

"I am looking to improve my cardio and speed," Mumford said. "I also want to maintain my weight."

Mumford had 15 tackles in the first two games of the season on defense. In the third game he made a smooth transition to quarterback. He threw for 1,450 yards and 20 touchdowns, while rushing for 954 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground in 11 games under center. Mumford‘s preference is to play middle linebacker at the collegiate level. He plans to trim his list of schools down to five over the summer and make a final decision after his senior season. Mumford bench presses 375 pounds, squats 455, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

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