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Ashton Shumpert likes Dawgs' run game

9/30/2012

The Georgia Bulldogs' 282 rushing yards against Tennessee meant a lot to Ashton Shumpert.

“It was pretty impressive,” the ESPN 300 senior from Fulton (Miss.) Itawamba said. “The offensive coordinator, he had a good scheme.”

That's nothing new. Georgia has proven to have a strong running game throughout this season. The Bulldogs rank 11th in the nation in rushing offense, led by freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.

That success should help the Bulldogs recruit Shumpert, who could play several positions in college, including running back, safety or even linebacker. Shumpert said Georgia is recruiting him to play tailback.

Shumpert, a versatile high school prospect, has long said he doesn't care which position he plays in college. On Sunday, he said he doesn't care that Georgia already has two proven tailbacks who are freshmen. That would seem to put Georgia in prime position for Shumpert, who grew up a Bulldogs fan.

Shumpert has proved his running ability on the field this season. He ran for 213 yards on just nine carries last week. He said he plans to take an official visit back to Georgia, but isn't sure when. He said he's also unsure what other schools he might visit. It certainly seems Georgia is the team to beat.

“The crowd, I liked that,” Shumpert said of the visit. “It was a great atmosphere.”