By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon and Vanderbilt running backs coach John Donovan each called to check in with Itawamba AHS 4-star running back Ashton Shumpert this week.
Ole Miss and Mississippi State made contact as well, but Shumpert still isn’t ready to narrow down a top choice list of schools, saying everybody is still in the mix.
“I’m starting to get there. I’m making progress,” Shumpert said.
The 10 offers on the table also include Alabama, Alcorn State, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Purdue and Southern Miss.
Mississippi State is unbeaten and plays Saturday in prime time at Alabama. An upset win for the Bulldogs would boost both rankings and recruiting.
‘A big deal’
Shumpert said a win wouldn’t move MSU to the top of his list, but it would give him, and other recruits, something to think about.
“I won’t say they (would move to the top) but it would be a big deal, not just for me, but probably for a lot of people,” Shumpert said.
Ole Miss has four wins, more than some predicted the Rebels would have the entire season. Ole Miss is at Arkansas on Saturday morning.
“That’s a major progression, a major progression from where they’ve been,” Shumpert said.
After missing the first three games of the season, Shumpert has rushed for 1,288 yards and 19 touchdowns on 99 carries. The defensive back is also averaging five tackles a game.
The 9-0 Indians beat Amory 35-13 last week to claim the Division 1-4A regular season championship. IAHS hosts Tishomingo County tonight in the season’s final regular season game and will host the four-seed from Division 4-4A next week to open the playoffs.
Shumpert is eighth in the state and fifth in 4A in yardage, averaging 184 yards per game. His 99 carries are nearly one-third the 286 times leader Boston Newsome of New Albany has carried the ball. Newsome leads 4A and is second in the state with 1,648 yards.