Sumler was a full-qualifier after finishing up his prep career in Arkansas, but no schools showed him much in the way of interest, so he decided to go to Dodge City in Kansas to play his JUCO ball, but he was unable to make the "out of state" roster so he made the switch to Ellsworth and has flourished there so far.
"I went to a small high school and I felt as if I could play football at the highest level but I was overlooked because of the small school I went to," Sumler told JCFootball.com recently. "Before Ellsworth, I was at Dodge City and the defensive coordinator told me that he was only taking two out of state linebackersw for the 20 man out of state roster and he basically said that he was going to stick with his 2 LB's that played the year before so I called Ellsworth and Coach Montalto gave me a chance and I came here and earned a starting spot and made the out of state roster."
As a redshirt freshman this past season, Sumler finished with 56 tackles, six tackles-for-loss, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions from his inside linebacker spot.
On the recruiting front, Sumler had several schools interested in him, but so far, nothing has come to fruition.
"Southeastern Missouri and West Georgia both contacted me about a month ago, but I haven't heard from them since then," Sumler said. "Mississippi Valley State and a bunch of D-2s have also been talking to me, but so far, no offers yet."
Sumler got his AA degree back in December, so he's hoping to find a place to play this fall, but he still does have the option to return to the Panthers this fall.
Wherever Sumler signs, if he enrolls this summer, he will have three years to play three.