February 18, 2008

Rivals100 athlete gets Ole Miss offer

With the coaching change at Ole Miss, the Rebel staff is just now evaluating 2009 prospects in areas they previously didn't recruit heavily and one of the first to draw an offer is Tupelo, Miss. athlete Chad Bumphis.

"I had a letter from Ole Miss with the offer when I got home one day last week," Bumphis said Sunday evening. "I talked to coach (Chris) Vaughn, I'm pretty excited about it."

Bumphis, who was on the initals Rivals100 list - the top 100 prospects nationally - also has offers from LSU and Mississippi State.

Bumphis said he has already visited Alabama for junior day and plans to attend various junior days and participate in camps in the coming weeks.

He said with the offer in hand, he'll visit Ole Miss for junior day and likely attend camp in Oxford this summer.

"I want to see what Ole Miss is going to do," Bumphis said. "I want to see how they play this fall, if they win and what the offense looks like. I want to see what the coaches do with the team."

Bumphis, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound athlete that runs a 4.4 forty, racked up over 1,000 all purpose yards for Tupelo his junior season and was named all state.

While Bumphis is listed as an athlete, he excelled as a wide receiver for Tupelo last year and he could factor into Ole Miss' plans to replace the likes of Mike Wallace, a senior, along with several other Rebel wide receivers who only have two more years of eligibility left.

As with any top prospects, rumors about about the prospect leaning one way or the other and an early commitment being in the works.

Bumphis insists that's not the case.

"I'll be visiting several different places," Bumphis said. "But I'm not going to commit to one just because I'm going there."

"I'm wide open," he said. "I don't have a favorite and I just want to wait and see what happens.

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