While the Army All-American game only happened a few days ago, a few lucky juniors already have an invitation to the 2012 game. One of these is safety Elijah Shumate of Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep, who is already up to thirteen offers and counting.
"Recruiting is going great," said Shumate, who is 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds. "A lot of schools have been contacting me."
Aside from contacting him, they have also been offering him, as Shumate is already up to thirteen offers, including his three most recent from Georgia, Michigan State and Central Florida. These three join previous offers from schools like USC, Miami, Michigan, Boston College, Arizona, Rutgers and North Carolina.
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Because of a hectic schedule this fall, Shumate did not visit any schools, but is looking to change that this winter and spring.
"I'm going to the Rutgers junior day and I plan on visiting more schools soon," said Shumate. "I'd like to visit South Carolina, LSU, Oregon, North Carolina and Ohio State. I'm looking for a great program, great academics and a place where they love me and I fit in."
Coming into his junior season at Bosco, Shumate had to deal with a good amount of transition, after transferring in with the sudden closure of his previous school.
"It was very hard," said Shumate. "It's a different atmosphere from Paterson Catholic. This is real. The competition is great, and I had to step up and I did that."
Shumate's ability to step up was one of the reasons that Don Bosco Prep had another undefeated state championship season.
"It was a long and hard year, but we worked so hard," said Shumate. "Me and my team just got the job done. I did very well."