December 20, 2007

Shumate impressed with San Diego State

Colin Shumate has now taken two official visits.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker from Las Vegas (Nev.) High tripped to Boise State back in mid-October and he visited San Diego State this past weekend.

"It was good, it was a good trip," Shumate said of his recent visit to San Diego State. "I was impressed with the facilities and the coaching staff and just the city in general.

"I had already known about the coaching staff going into my visit, I knew where they were from and I knew you where a good staff, but I didn't really know what to expect from the school and the facilities. I came out impressed, so that was good."

Freshman safety Vince Camarda served as Shumate's player host for the weekend.

"The first night we had a little presentation and we met all the coaches," Shumate said when asked to recap his trip. "That night we went to eat at Dave and Buster's. They have barbeque style food and they have a big family arcade. That was fun. Then we hung out with our hosts. There were actually a lot of recruits there this past weekend. I think there were 12 or so.

"Then on Saturday morning after we ate breakfast, we went over to Qualcomm Stadium and we toured that and got to look around in there and that was cool. And then we went back to the campus and first they showed us the football facilities and the thing I like about that is that the academic advisors for the football team are in the same building as the weight room and the football coaches. I like how everything is close. And then we also toured the school.

"On Sunday morning I talked with Coach Long. Overall it was a good trip. I was definitely impressed."

How did Shumate's visit to San Diego State compare to his trip to Boise State?

"The thing with Boise State is I went in and I didn't really know they were recruiting me out of position as an H-Back," he said. "So I didn't find that out until I visited. The Boise State visit was different because it was on a game day weekend. So I didn't really get to interact with the coaches and team as much. I got to go to the game and see the environment which was cool. But I enjoyed the San Diego [State] trip more. I just saw myself being able to go there more than Boise [State]."

Despite enjoying his trip to Southern California, Shumate was not tempted to make a commitment.

"I would like to visit some other schools," he explained. "When I sat down with the San Diego State coaches, they said they don't want a weak commitment. They want to make sure I am sure of what I am doing. I just want to weigh all my options and they agreed with that."

Arizona State, Nebraska and Stanford are other programs Shumate has been hearing from.

A first-team all-state selection three times during his high school career, Shumate recorded 117 tackles, 17 for a loss and five fumble recoveries as a senior. He is ranked by as the 33rd best inside linebacker prospect from his 2008 class and the seventh best recruit from Nevada.

What does Shumate consider his best attributes as a football player?

"Being physical, I love to hit," he expressed. "I try to hit as hard as I can every time I get the chance to on the field. I felt more well rounded this year as a senior. I had good sideline to sideline play and I was also effective in stuffing the run up the middle. I would definitely say my physicality and explosiveness as my best attributes as a player.

"San Diego State said I could definitely compete for early playing time so I'm just continuing to try and get bigger, faster, stronger so I can compete right away when I get to the college level."

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