Morris (Ill.) four star ranked junior defensive end prospect Jamie Cumbie (6-foot-7, 255 pounds) decided to end his recruiting process today, and Cumbie has given Clemson University his verbal commitment.
"I decided to end my recruiting today and I've givenj Clemson my verbal commitment," Cumbie said. "I really gave both Notre Dame and Clemson serious consideration, but in the end my heart was really set on being a Tiger."
Cumbie talked why he decided to give the Tigers his verbal commitment.
"In the end, it came down to the fact that I just felt more comfortable with Clemson. I grew up as a kid as a huge Clemson fan, so that was definitely an advantage early for Clemson. Notre Dame is a great school and I really liked coach Charlie Weis and the rest of the coaches at Notre Dame, but I just felt at home with Clemson. I'll be very comfortable and happy playing at Clemson for the next four years, and that was my deciding factor."
Cumbie, who started his summer this week, is now excited and relieved to have his final college decision behind him.
"I feel really happy and relieved at the same time. I'm just not very good at telling coaches or anyone for that matter no, and the longer this process goes the harder it will be to say no. The pressure is definitely off now, and it's a great feeling. I wanted to head into my senior year with no distractions, and I want to totally focus on winning a state title at Morris."
So what position are the Tigers projecting Cumbie for at the next level?
"The coaches at Clemson are looking at me right now on the defensive side of the ball, but they haven't ruled out tight end either. I really don't care position-wise, not at all. I'm just happy to play for Clemson."
The Cumbie family is also thrilled about this decision.
"My family is really excited about my decision to head to Clemson. My Dad just recently got a Clemson tattoo, so that should tell you how excited he is about this. My family has talked about relocating back to South Carolina after I graduate from Morris."
"I'm a solid verbal commitment to Clemson."