June 27, 2008

Ole Miss commit working on Tupelo star

Chad Bumphis' phone was being rung by a recruiter on Wednesday, despite the fact that college coaches can't let their fingers do the walking right now.

Clayton Moore was calling the Tupelo, Miss., star wide receiver just one day after committing to Ole Miss. Moore, a quarterback from Louisville, Miss., is looking for targets to catch the passes he hopes he'll be throwing one day in Oxford, and there are few potential targets in the Southeast more exciting than Bumphis.

Did Moore's call sway Bumphis, a four-star wide receiver ranked No. 5 on the RebelSports.net Mississippi Preseason Top 25?

"He's real cool and everything," said Bumphis, a 5-foot-11, 185-pounder, "but I still have to do what's best for me."

That could end up being Ole Miss, but right now, the Rebels aren't in Bumphis' top four. Mississippi State, Alabama, LSU and Florida _ in no particular order _ are.

"I just want to go wherever I feel at home," Bumphis said. "It doesn't matter how far it is."

Bumphis spent time last week in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at a seven-on-seven camp. He didn't participate, but he utilized the chance to visit with Alabama head coach Nick Saban and assistant Bo Davis.

"It went great," Bumphis said. "They're telling me I can come in and play early. They lost two receivers to the (Major League Baseball) draft and they lost some guys to graduation."

Ole Miss, Tennessee, Auburn, Michigan, Texas Tech and Kentucky highlight the group of schools chasing the top four for Bumphis' services.

"Ole Miss is still in it," Bumphis said. "I haven't talked to them much lately but I still like them. I just want to see how everything goes for them. I want to see their style of play and look at their depth chart."

Bumphis will participate in a seven-on-seven camp at LSU July 18-19 and will "probably" attent Ole Miss' elite camp on July 26.

While he plans to make some official visits, he didn't rule out an early commitment.

"I really don't know," Bumphis said. "It's wherever I'm comfortable. I'm not trying to wait, but you never are going to have a bad visit anywhere. I just want to see what's best for me."

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