Ashton Shumpert won’t be a package deal
The Georgia Bulldogs are making sure Itawamba AHS 4-star athlete Ashton Shumpert knows they want him in Athens next season.
Georgia is one of 10 offers on the table for Shumpert and running backs coach Bryan McClendon talked with him Wednesday night. Ole Miss also contacted Shumpert Wednesday.
Shumpert made the six-hour trip to see the Bulldogs take on Tennessee two weeks ago, but after a late Friday night game at Corinth, he didn’t get there in time to make it an official visit. He plans to go again for his official to hear the Bulldogs’ pitch.
“I plan on going to check it out,” Shumpert said. “I didn’t really get to see the campus or facilities.”
Shumpert recently shared the Ole Miss sidelines with the nation’s No. 1 recruit, who made waves this week. Loganville, Ga. defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, a Clemson commit, admitted his mother wants him to go to Ole Miss, where his brother Denzel has emerged as a star linebacker. Robert Nkemdiche would join former and current prep teammates at Clemson.
Shumpert has been the subject of at least one comment about a package deal. A Mississippi State commit commented before the season how dynamic he, Shumpert and another top recruit would be for the Bulldogs. Shumpert was there when the statement was made and had no problem with it, but got a good laugh out of it as part of the process. He says being a part of a pact or package deal isn’t in the plans.
“We’re not going to be No. 1 and number whatever at the next level,” Shumpert said. “It’s just a matter of working hard.”
Shumpert has yet to do any official visits but Vanderbilt is high on the list to see.