Four-star Clearwater (Fla.) defensive back
LaRue Rumph had to cancel his first official visit due to
some unfortunate circumstances.
"I didn't go to Southern Cal," he said. "I got hurt
in our last game of the season, fractured a bone in my right leg, and they
kind of backed off a little bit, so I don't think I'll be going out there. A
couple of teams did that, so I'm not really going to put much time into
"Right now, I'm looking at the ones who have stayed
active and made me feel like I was important to them, and that's N.C. State,
Georgia and South Florida."
Rumph (6-2, 210, 4.5) is a member of the Rivals.com
Top 100 team and the No. 15 safety in the nation. He recorded
80 tackles and six interceptions this season for Central Catholic before the leg injury. Doctors
estimate his rehabilitation will take approximately three months.
In the meantime, he's focused on his football
"N.C. State is my favorite," he said. "I like the
way they recruit their players and put a lot of personal attention on you.
Tomorrow they'll be down here at our house to talk to me and my mom. Coach
(Chris) Demarest is coming. I'm real excited about that. He seems like a
great guy and the type of young coach who can really get out there and show
you how it's done."
Rumph did not make any unofficial visits to Raleigh
this season, but said he attended a Wolfpack game last year. "It's a good
atmosphere," he said, "and I hear they're doing a lot of great things with
new additions to their facilities."
Georgia is currently No. 2 on his list. Rumph said
he's been watching the Bulldogs closely this season in their SEC East
championship and rise up the BCS standings.
"They've been real, real impressive," he said. "I
think that program is going to be strong for a long time, competing for
championships. I'm expecting to hear from them sometime this week. They said
they'd be calling back to set up a visit here at our house."
Rumph has yet to schedule any official visits, but
said N.C. State and Georgia should be finalized within the next two weeks.