November 24, 2008

Does Sierra stud have new favorite?

Colorado State Coach Steve Fairchild's job security seems pretty solid for now, and that is a relief to Clarence Bumpas of Colorado Springs. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound outside linebacker from Sierra High School holds three scholarship offers - two from schools have have lost their coaches in the last two weeks.

Kansas State announced its coach - Ron Prince - will not be back next fall and last week's announcement that New Mexico Coach Rocky Long has resigned, leaves Colorado State as the only school to have offered him a scholarship and have retained their head coach. Originally, Bumpas had committed to play football for the Wildcats and Coach Prince, but with the uncertainty of the program, he is keeping his options open.

"It is confusing as heck," Bumpas said. "I am actually angry. I don't know what is going to happen and I don't like being unsure about my decision."

In addition to his scholarship offers, Bumpas said he is receiving mail from Arizona, North Carolina and Iowa. He is looking to major in recreation programming or businesses and claims a 2.5 GPA. Bumpas said he is still hearing from Kansas State, but the news is few and far between.

"It is the same situation," Bumpas said. "Everyone is feeling a little shocked up there. They are asking me not to make any super-rash decisions or whatnot. But a brother's gotta eat and I gotta know something things (who will be the coaching staff). Some things just don't happen the way they are supposed to."

In addition to talking with the coaching staff at Kansas State, Bumpas said he is talking to Colorado State offensive coordinator Greg Peterson on a regular basis. Having been at CSU for a game and getting to know the program a little better, Bumpas won't say he has a new favorite, but did let out this comment.

"That Green and Gold is looking good," Bumpas said.

While recruiting is taking up a lot of his time, Bumpas is also taking to the court as the power forward at Sierra High. Last season Sierra made it t the first round of the playoffs and seems poised again to enjoy a successful season again. The 6-foot-2 Bumpas notes he is a little undersized to play inside, but he says it isn't a position he is willing to back down at.

"It is all about the drive and who has the heart and who wants it more," He said.

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