By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
The mother of high school football star Ashton Shumpert says her son’s transfer from Tupelo to Itawamba AHS had nothing to do with football.
Shumpert, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound running back-athlete who played the last two seasons for the Golden Wave, withdrew Monday from Tupelo and enrolled Tuesday at IAHS.
“The move was for his all-around well being,” April White said. “He’s not just a football player.
“My main goal is to look out for his future.”
Shumpert was raised in Itawamba County and played for IAHS his freshman season before transferring to THS.
He rushed for 1,328 yards and scored 15 touchdowns his sophomore year. Last season, he rushed for 929 yards and scored eight touchdowns despite missing three games with a stress fracture in his lower leg.
Shumpert, a two-time Daily Journal All-Area Team selection, heads into his senior season as one of the state’s top college prospects.
White says her son was “positive” about the transfer.
Itawamba County is “where he grew up,” she said. “Ashton wants to make everybody happy. He loves football … no matter who he plays for.”
IAHS football coach Toby Collums, whose Indians finished 7-4 overall and lost in the first round of the MHSAA Class 4A state playoffs, is obviously excited about adding Shumpert to his roster.
“He’d be a great addition to anybody’s team,” Collums said. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about him.”
When contacted on Monday, Tupelo coach David Bradberry acknowledged that Shumpert would be missed, but referred comments on the transfer to the player’s family and IAHS.