There is no question that Michael Bumpus (6-0, 185, 4.4) from Culver City, Calif., is one of the best wide receiver prospects on the west coast. He possesses a pair of hands that are as soft as cotton and he runs smooth and precise routes.
The word on the street was that USC thinks that Bumpus is one of the top three wide receivers in California. The word must be true because the Trojans have in writing offered Bumpus a scholarship.
Washington and Washington State have also offered Bumpus a scholie in writing. Oregon State and West Virginia were the first two teams out the box with written offers.
When you see Bumpus on tape you can see why red hot teams like the Trojans would love to get this guy on their roster. He is fearless going after the ball, whether he out leaps an opponent to the pigskin or he makes the catch knowing a defensive back is going to get a free shot.
Once Bumpus gets his hands on the football, he knows what to do with it, he absolutely fantastic after the catch.
The proof of his running ability is in his 1,081 receiving yards as a junior. He also had 75 receptions and 11 touchdowns as a junior. His performance was good enough for Bumpus to be selected all-CIF and all-area.
Bumpus was also called upon to run the ball as he had 192 rushing yards on 17 carries and four touchdowns while averaging 11.2 yards per carry. He can also help a team as a punt returner as he returned eight punts for 102 yards for an average of 12.7 per punt return.
Bumpus had a great showing at the Nike Camp held at USC in April. He was one of the few wide receivers who were asked to stay after camp.
Bumpus is scheduled to go to the UCLA and Beyond 2000 Elite camps later this month.
If Bumpus wasn’t such a great wide receiver prospect, he would make a great safety.
Bumpus is an outstanding all-around athlete who has played baseball, soccer, basketball as well as football at one time or another during his career at Culver City high.
Bumpus has the talent to on the soccer pitch to be a recruit in that sport as well.