- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Of the top 10 players in the state of Mississippi, ESPN 300 athlete Ashton Shumpert (Fulton, Miss./Itawamba Agri) is just one of two recruits not committed to one of the two in-state schools, Mississippi State or Ole Miss.
The Bulldogs and the Rebels are after Shumpert, but the Magnolia State star is also considering Georgia and Vanderbilt. He says he hears from those four schools more than any others.
Mississippi State: “They’re close to home for one, and Coach [Dan] Mullen, he always talks about hard work.
Ole Miss: “I like the way that Coach [Hugh] Freeze came in and turned it around.”
Georgia: “They’ve got a great running game, and I’m still trying to get to know the running backs coach a little bit.”
Vanderbilt: “The running back they had last year, he had a good, productive season. I could probably build off that if I do go there.”
Shumpert’s most recent visit was to Ole Miss for the Egg Bowl where he saw the Rebels defeat Mississippi State, 41-24.
“It was crazy,” he said. “They won, so you know the fans, they were going crazy.”
The only official visit Shumpert has set up so far is to Mississippi State the weekend of Jan. 18.