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Pumphrey decides to shut it down

Donnel Pumphrey has been committed to San Diego State since August but he considered taking an official visit to hometown UNLV last weekend before deciding against it.
Actually, the North Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs three-star all-purpose back said he was told that a trip to UNLV might risk his chances with the Aztecs and since he likes San Diego State so much he decided against going.
Pumphrey, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound recruit, said he was perfectly fine with it especially since he had no intentions of flipping his commitment this late in the recruiting process and he remains solid with San Diego State.
"I didn't actually end up taking it," Pumphrey said.
"I talked with the San Diego State coach, coach (Jeff) Horton, about a day before the visit and he told me I shouldn't do it. He said there was a chance they might pull my scholarship if it happened.
"I didn't want to risk it. I was just going to take a visit to UNLV just to take it. I wasn't planning on going there or anything."
Pumphrey is a top prospect for San Diego State especially after the Canyon Springs standout rushed for 1,489 yards and 18 touchdowns on 157 carries in his senior season.
Colorado, Duke, Nevada and Utah had also offered Pumphrey, who's rated as the fourth-best prospect in the Nevada state rankings.
But this summer he decided to end his recruitment by committing to San Diego State and he really hasn't looked back since.
A trip over to UNLV was a little tantalizing but Pumphrey said he had no intention of switching his pledge. After talking to the San Diego State coaches, Pumphrey decided the visit wasn't worth the risk.
"UNLV is not really a top program," Pumphrey said. "There's really no point in risking that with San Diego State since they're coming up and I really like them."
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