February 12, 2008

Getting to know signee Colin Shumate

Colin Shumate was one of the Aztecs' headlining signees from the Class of 2008.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker from Las Vegas (Nev.) High earned first-team all-state honors three times during his high school career.

He recorded more than 200 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior and senior.

We caught up with Shumate and asked him a variety of questions as part of our series of Q&A's with the Aztecs' 2008 signees.

I know you had been verbally committed to San Diego State for a few weeks already, but was it still a sense of relief when you signed your letter of intent last Wednesday? Was it nice to finalize the recruiting process?

Colin Shumate: "Yeah, it was. It was kind of a relief to get it over with but I think it was more just exciting. I'm excited for what's to come. I'm excited about my future at San Diego State."

What was it that really made San Diego State stand out in your recruiting process?

"Compared to every other school that I heard from, they really expressed how much they wanted me. And they showed me how I really did fit into the program. They showed me exactly how I projected and how I could help. I think that really impressed me. I just really felt that that was where I could go and have a big impact as soon as possible."

What impresses you most about head coach Chuck Long?

"Coach Long is a really good guy. He is really enthusiastic about turning the program around. He has a projected future for what he wants and expects and it seems like it is really headed that way. He really knows what he is doing and encourages everyone around him to join in and do it too."

What will you bring to the San Diego State football program?

"I am going to try to come in and be as physically tough and strong as I can for my position. I want to make an impact coming in. I just want to bring a force that they said they are looking for in their defense to be able to stop the run; have the extra size in there."

Who has been the biggest influence in your life as far as football is concerned?

"It has really been my parents. My dad is always encouraging me, my family has always been big about football. My dad always supported me in whatever position I tried, whatever I did, he did what he could to make me the best at it. My parents sacrificed a lot for me to be able to go to the school I went to and become the player I am, so I give them all the credit."

What is your most memorable moment on the football field so far in your career?

"One of the most exciting things was, not this season, but my junior year we took state for the second consecutive year. That was a pretty awesome feeling to know that you are the best for two years in a row. That would definitely be the most memorable so far."

How would you describe your personality off the football field?

"I am a pretty personable guy. I can come off as quiet at first, but once you get to know me, I like to joke around and have fun."

What are some your other hobbies outside of football?

"I like video editing. I have been doing it for a few years now using all the iMAC programs. I like making videos with crazy effects and things like that. I really enjoy that."

What is your favorite kind of food?


What is your favorite TV show?

"Probably SportsCenter"

Do you have a favorite movie?

"The Patriot"

Do you have a pre-game ritual or tradition?

"I pray and then I usually throw up"

What was the best part of the recruiting process?

"I just enjoyed seeing who is interested in me and going out on trips. I think one of the best things was when I realized I was going to go to San Diego State, just the feeling of that. And the excitement of knowing I get to go on to the next level and play. It was a really cool experience."

What was the worst part of the recruiting process?

"It can be long and drawn out. Towards the end, I didn't enjoy having to tell certain colleges that I wasn't interested in them. It can be kind of discouraging sometimes, but in the end it is worth it."

Do you have any messages for San Diego State fans?

"I'm just excited to get there and get this program rolling."

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