Four-star Safety Shumate Trims List to Six

Elijah Shumate

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. -- Four-star safety Elijah Shumate of Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) trimmed his extensive offer list to six schools, and following a Sunday scrimmage, he spoke to Scout.com about those six schools. He also revealed his thoughts on official visits, and talked about when he plans on announcing his decision.

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. – After Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) held its first scrimmage of the summer in dominating St. Joseph's High (Philadelphia) on Sunday, four-star safety Elijah Shumate disclosed he narrowed his extensive offer list.

"I narrowed it down to six school," he said. "In no order, Rutgers, Michigan, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma."

Shumate gave quick synopsis on why those six schools made his cut.

Oklahoma: "It's a great school, great tradition. I talk to the coaches a lot. The coaches really want me."

Rutgers: "I have a great connection with coach (Greg) Schiano and (assistant) coach (Jeff) Hafley. I think that will be a good fit."

South Carolina: "(Assistant) coach (G.A.) Mangus is the man. My cousin, Sheldon (Royster) is there, and he tells me a lot about the school. I really like the school."

Michigan: "It's just a great school. They're young. They're up-and-coming, and it would be great to get that powerhouse back to where it used to be."

Georgia Tech: "I went out there to visit and it was beautiful. I really liked it. The coaches really like me. The players really showed me a lot of love. I could see myself playing there."

Notre Dame: "It's just a great school, academic-wise and football-wise. It would be a great fit because I'm looking a future. I want to go all four years and get my degree. I want to major in sports management and be an athletic trainer."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Shumate said he has not scheduled any official visits, but he will try to get all in before announcing at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl on Jan. 7, 2012, in San Antonio.

"Coach (Greg Toal) is going to base (the visit schedule) off our schedule," Shumate said. "We're going to try and work it around our schedule. If we don't have a game on Saturday …maybe I can just go out on a visit after a Friday night game.

"I'm trying to narrow it down. Rutgers, I know, I won't take an (official) visit. I've been there so many times, I know it. I don't think I need to visit."

For now, though, Shumate is content on readying for the upcoming season, and Don Bosco Prep's dominating performance against St. Joseph's was a nice first step.

He also knows there is plenty of focus on the Ironmen, who are the top-ranked team in the nation.

"It's a great feeling," he said. "We have the burden on our back, but we practice so hard that when it comes game time, we don't have any pressure on us. We just go out there and play. We got out of it that we're looking good, but we have to keep working to sharpen things up."

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