Archive for December 11th, 2008

FOOTBALL: Got Bumphis on the phone

December 11, 2008

Tupelo High School wide receiver Chad Bumphis has Mississippi State on his radar with the hiring of new coach Dan Mullen.

“They’re pretty high right now. I like Dan Mullen a lot. That’s who was recruiting me for Florida. I like his offense,” said Bumphis, who is in Mobile preparing for Saturday’s Mississippi-Alabama all-star game.

Florida and Alabama had been considered the leaders in Bumphis’ recruitment with Ole Miss having gotten back in the picture by virtue of its strong finish to the regular season.

Bumphis played a lot of quarterback at Tupelo, so he’s no stranger to running and throwing. He is intrigued by the possibility of being the “Wild Rebel” at Ole Miss where a receiver or another skill position player take a shotgun snap and sets the play in motion.

Apparently a number of prospects are being recruited with the Wild Rebel in mind.

“Coach Mullens said he’d run the same thing. The thing about Ole Miss … I like their offense, and I like the coaches, but every receiver they recruit, they tell them they’re going to run the Wild Rebel, so I don’t know if I’d be running it or not. I think I fit it great. I like all the coaches, and it will be tough to decide.”

Bumphis said he’s considering, in no certain order, Alabama, MSU and Ole Miss, but that he’s “not sure about Florida any more.”

He recently visited Kentucky and said he will not announce a decision until the end of January taking all his visits.

— PA

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FOOTBALL: Morning links

December 11, 2008

Enter Cantinol. Time will tell if the redshirt freshman can help the Rebels’ long-term with rebounding woes. … Texas Tech coaches react to quarterback Graham Harrell’s snub by the Heisman electorate. They would not have liked my ballot, which went Tebow, McCoy, Bradford.

— PA

FOOTBALL: Bumphis talk

December 11, 2008

New MSU coach Dan Mullen was recruiting Tupelo wideout/all-purpose guy Chad Bumphis for Florida just days ago. The natural thinking is that Mullen’s hire immediately puts State in the running to sign this talented athlete.

We haven’t been able to reach Bumphis to ask that question. He’s been pretty coy during the process anyway.

Here’s a dose of unconfirmed recruiting speculation. One website recruiting writer posted a quote attributed to Bumphis through MSU commit QB Tyler Russell in which Bumphis allegedly said, “Looks like we’re going to be teammates.” Bumphis and Russell are in Mobile preparing for the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game.

It may end up that way. For a long time the only schools I heard from Tupelo High people on the subject of Bumphis’ recruiting were Alabama and Florida. Then last week I heard that Ole Miss had gotten back in the picture. Not surprising given the Rebels finish.

Bumphis would be a natural in the Wild Rebel and would give Ole Miss a passing threat from that formation that doesn’t currently exist.

I don’t think the Wild Rebel itself is enough to lure Bumphis. Lots of teams are running that formation on some level now. I imagine there will be some “Wild Dog” in Starkville next season.

— PA