Wheaton (Ill.) North running back Mike Trumpy has five scholarship offers to his credit and looking at his list, one common thread among those schools is academic excellence.
Northwestern, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan are the five schools that have already notified 6-0, 197-pound Trumpy of their interest, though more schools are recruiting heavily.
"The college I decide on is definitely going to be based off academics," said Trumpy. "There's life after football. I'm not going to play football all my life and there's a slim chance I'll even play football in the NFL, so I have to have an outstanding degree to fall back on and find a profession that I love."
Though he has not decided exactly what field of study he will pursue in college, Trumpy is leaning towards something in Business, most likely in the Finance area. He carries a 4.3 GPA on a 5.0 scale at Wheaton North.
Although academics will be the biggest factor in Trumpy's decision, it will not be the only one. The coaching staffs, location of the school, their campus and the players on the team will all factor in to one degree or another and Trumpy is getting a better feel for those aspects by visiting schools in the offseason.
"I went to Northwestern, Illinois, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Indiana and I went to Iowa during the fall," Trumpy said. "I've been in contact with basically every team in the Big Ten, but I haven't gone to Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State or Michigan. Just getting on the campus and getting to know the coaches and the guys is basically how I determine which schools I lean towards.
"I really like Northwestern. I like their coaching staff a lot. The coaching staff at Indiana is great and the same thing with Wisconsin. Of course Notre Dame was phenomenal. The coaching staff was outstanding and the facilities were unbelievable; better than any facilities I have seen."
Trumpy has a sister who currently attends Illinois and former teammates at both Northwestern and Illinois. He is also familiar with former Wheaton South players Dace Richardson and Tony Moeaki who are now at Iowa.
The next trip for Trumpy could be to Northwestern on April 5, if he can work it out with his track schedule. Trumpy is a standout on his school's indoor and outdoor track teams and this past winter he won conference in the 55 meters and 55 meter hurdles with times of 6.40 and 7.38, respectively. He will run the 100 meters, 110 hurdles, 4x100 meters relay and 4x200 meters relay this spring in outdoor track.
On the gridiron this past fall Trumpy rushed for 1,664 yards and 19 touchdowns in 10 games, averaging 7.1 yards per touch. His performance earned him all-conference, all-area and all-state distinction.