NMMI defensive tackle shows what he can do

After six games, New Mexico Military Institute is 4-2 and one of the big reasons is how well they've played up front on defense. One of the players who is a key cog in the front-seven is DT B.J. Sumter (6-1.5, 300) who can play either nose or the three technique and JCFootball.com spoke with the talented run-stuffer recently to get the scoop on what makes him so good inside...

Sumter prepped in South Carolina and was unable to qualify for a D-1 scholarship. He felt he needed the structure and discipline of what New Mexico Military Institute has to offer, so he made the trek west and he hasn't looked back.

"It's a lot different out here from where I'm from," Sumter admitted to JCFootball.com. "But I think it was a good change for me. I just needed to get focused on school and work hard at playing ball and this place has allowed me to do that."

NMMI has gotten off to a solid start this season, posting a 4-2 record and one of the reasons is the play of Sumter who clogs the middle and allows the athletic Bronco linebackers to fly to the ball.

"I can play the three or the nose, it really doesn't matter," Sumter said. "I play both for us, it just depends on the defensive call. If it's a run I can take up a double-team or if it's a pass I can collapse the pocket.

"I take pride in playing strong inside and causing problems."

Sumter, who has 17 tackles so far this season, uses his prototypical frame as well as his outstanding strength and quickness to cause problems up front.

"I worked really hard on my speed and agility this past summer," Sumter who benches 415 pounds and runs a 5.25 forty said. "I really worked hard on my explosiveness and my first step. It's really helped me this year."

Recruiting hasn't really picked up yet for the talented interior defensive lineman, but he hopes to hear something soon from some of the schools sending him things.

"I actually had something go wrong with my phone and I needed to get a new number," Sumter said. "I think a lot of schools are calling my old number, so I'm working on getting my info out to the different schools to make sure they know I still exist.

"Early on I was hearing a lot from TCU, Louisville, Maryland, UCF, Iowa State, South Carolina and Sacramento State," Sumter said. "I'm open to everyone and I think I could be a real asset to a team at the next level. I just hope they haven't forgotten about me."

Sumter is on pace to graduate next May and he'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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