I finally got to lay eyes on Itawamba AHS tailback/safety Ashton Shumpert, who ran wild Friday night in a 35-13 win over Amory. Shumpert, who’s got offers from MSU and a host of other big programs, rushed for 300 yards and five touchdowns on 33 carries. (I had him with 301, but IAHS statkeeper is official.)
His touchdowns covered 1, 6, 5, 41 and 54 yards. The 41-yarder clinched things for IAHS (9-0, 4-0 Division 1-4A). He made some nice cuts on that run, and that’s one thing that stood out about Shumpert. He makes not only a strong first cut, but a strong second cut, third cut, etc. On his 5-yard score in the second quarter, he cut inside and then quickly cut it outside. On the TD before that, from 6 yards, he cut it left twice and beat the defense to the pylon.
He flashed some raw athleticism, too, diving over the goal line on the 1-yard TD and later hurdling the line of scrimmage to convert a fourth-and-1. Shumpert showed an ability to finish runs, using his strength and churning his legs to move and sometimes carry defenders. And he showed breakaway speed on his last two scores, plus on a 60-yard run from deep in his own territory.
Oh, and Shumpert is a weapon in the passing game, too. He led the team Friday with four catches for 67 yards.
On the season, Shumpert has rushed for 1,288 yards and 19 touchdowns, and that’s in just six games. He missed the first three due to illness. There’s one regular season game for IAHS, then the playoffs.
I’ve got some video of Shumpert below. We talk about not only the game, but his recruiting.