Junior to Watch: LeRue Rumph
School: Clearwater (Fla.) Catholic
Position: Wide receiver/defensive back
Size and speed: Rumph stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 210 pounds. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds
Statistics: Rumph had 25 catches for 590 yards and four touchdowns as a junior. He also carried the ball 20 times for 220 yards and four more scores. On defense, Rumph made 65 tackles, recovered two fumbles and had four interceptions.
Honors: Most versatile player of 2000.
Favorite Schools: Miami, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Iowa, Penn State, Southern Cal, NC State.
Skinny: Rumph is one of the top players in the state of Florida this year and has good size and speed. He’s getting mail from more than 40 top programs although he hasn’t received his first offer just yet.
Rumph is a big hitter on defense and has the size and strength to outmuscle defensive backs on offense.
“I’m a mixture of John Lynch and Eddie George with a side of Plexico Burress,” he said. “There has been a lot of talk about Ernie Simms being the top player in Florida but it’s obvious that no one has seen me play.”
Plenty of college coaches have seen Rumph and he’ll be getting his first offers in May.