March 21, 2011

Bosco star wants to see BC again

Don Bosco Prep, the New Jersey high school program ranked No.3 in the country, could give some college teams a run for their money next year. The top high school has been a proven recruiting ground for Boston College over the years, and once again features a number of top prospects. This year the Eagles have already offered five different players scholarships, including top safety Elijah Shumate.

Shumate says that he has visited Rutgers a few times and sees them as the leader right now, but what about Boston College?

"I went up to Boston College for camp last year; I only really talked to the coaches on the last day. I liked that the coaches liked me, they seemed pretty cool. I was only up there for a few days and didn't really get a chance to look around the school but they have some great coaches."

Shumate and his team plan to once again be up at Boston College for the summer camp, will this time be different?

"Yeah, I'm definitely going to try and talk to the coaches more, look at the facilities and go around the school more. I have talked to coach McGovern and he has told me about Boston College's great academics and football program, he says it's the best of both worlds. I want to make sure I check it out more when I go up there again."

Shumate says he has enjoyed the recruiting process so far and already has 17-18 scholarships, but what will the top school have?

"I want a school that really wants me, that embraces me. I am looking for a program that I can see myself at for the next four years and with coaches I want to be with. Great academics and a good support system are also especially important."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound safety, had 65 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, fumble recovery, and interception last year. Look out for Shumate and his teammates as they return 10 starters on defense, and pursue their second state championship in a row.

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