Morris (Ill.) junior defensive end prospect Jamie Cumbie (6-foot-7, 255 pounds) could easily be touting scholarship offers from across the country this spring. Yet Cumbie isn't into the hype that comes with collecting scholarship offers, isn't into filled up scholarship offer check boxes on his Rivals.com recruiting profile page. Cumbie is instead focusing his final college choice on two schools, and Cumbie has politely told schools from across the country this spring thanks but no thanks.
"I would say that I've tried to be very honest with all of the schools that called in May and made in school visits," Cumbie said. "I'm thrilled to get so much attention, yet I also just don't believe in wasting anyone's time. I know I could have played things differently and told every school that I was interested in them and I could say that I have X amount of offers now, but what's the point?"
Cumbie is more than happy to have two quality programs and schools to focus on in making his final college choice.
"I'm still looking at Clemson and Notre Dame as my final two schools. I'm thrilled to have begun to narrow everything down. I also know that no matter where I decided to go to college, it's really a win-win situation for me. I really had a few schools early-on that I was hoping to get scholarship offers from and both of those schools offered me early in the recruiting process, so that really helped."
Cumbie, who wrapped up his junior year of high school late last week, can now focus on his busy summer activities.
"I was at a Tampa Bay Devil Rays tryout camp a few weekends back, and that was an incredible experience. I pitched 6 innings the day before the camp, but I felt that I still threw the ball pretty well. The following week we lost to Oswego in the state playoffs, and I was pretty bummed out about that but I also realize now that I have a really busy summer to look forward towards. Between getting ready for my senior year of football and also playing summer baseball, I'm going to have plenty to keep me busy this summer. I'm still pretty happy to be finished with school for the summer."
Cumbie also plans to take care of a little thing called making a verbal commitment.
"I'm looking very hard at both Clemson and Notre Dame now, and I'm hoping to have my final college choice made pretty soon. It could be in a week or two or it could comes later this summer, I'll make my decision known once I'm 100 percent sure of which school I want to attend. I'm looking at which school I'll be the most comfortable with for the next 4-5 years, including the comfort level I have with the coaches at that school. Academics are also really important and both schools have a lot to offer from an academics standpoint."