February 21, 2009

Texas defender looking CSU's way

Colorado State's search for defensive line help this season led them to Corsicana (Tex.) to take a look at Navarro Junior College defensive tackle Lawrence Rumph. The 6-foot-4, 268-pounder from Fort Worth was being recruited by the Rams last year, but will spend the 2009 season in the Texas junior college.

Rumph played his high school football at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Worth and admits he didn't treat his academics as seriously as he should have, but said that has changed. He now claims a 2.7 grade point average and Rumph said he almost has the ship entirely righted on that front.

"I was supposed to come out this year, but my grades weren't as good as I wanted this year, so I am aiming to be ready to go next December," Rumph said.

Colorado State is Rumph's main suitor for the 2010 football season. Last year Rumph collected 50 tackles and three sacks for Navarro, which ended the year with a 10-1 record and earned a trip to the playoffs. Rumph has a 4.8-second time in the 40-yard dash, and could add some strength to the Rams' defensive front with his bench press max of 330 pounds and a squat of a 500 pounds.

"I am quick off the ball," Rumph said. "I am pretty good with my eyes and I would describe myself as a playmaker. I make plays I probably shouldn't make. I am fast and I can use my hands pretty good."

Rumph is being recruited by Colorado State defensive backfield coach Tim Duffie. He added he hopes to end up somewhere that he feels comfortable and valued by the coaching staff.

"I want to go somewhere where they want me, not to just use me," Rumph said. "Somewhere they will improve me as a man, not just as a football player."

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