SPARTANBURG, S.C. – St. Matthews (S.C.) Calhoun County three-star defensive end Donte Rumph was one of the players that unexpectedly stood out during the morning session of practices for the North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl.
The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder impressed with his quick first step and very good body frame. Not bad for a kid that was a late addition to the roster.
In fact, he was such a late addition that he was listed as an offensive lineman, despite him playing all day at defensive end.
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"I play offensive line and defensive end in high school," he said. "But I just started playing offensive line this year."
Kentucky jumped in Rumph early and that commitment hasn't wavered one bit. He said he's still working hard at making sure he will have the qualifying standards to make it into Kentucky, though.
"I'm not qualified yet, but I am close," he said. "I've been up there for a visit, and it was really nice. I liked it there."
What stood out to Rumph most about Kentucky?
"Joker Phillips," he said. "He takes on a role of a friend, not trying to get on me like a coach. He is trying to be a true friend to me."