The All Purpose Back

Donnel Pumphrey

Donnel Pumphrey, a talented running back out of Canyon Springs HS (Las Vegas, NV.), received a scholarship offer from San Diego State in March, and Aztec Report caught up with him to speak about his recruiting process.

Donnel Pumphrey, a talented running back out of Canyon Springs HS (Las Vegas, NV.), received a scholarship offer from San Diego State in March, and Aztec Report caught up with him to speak about his recruiting process.

The 5-foot-9 and 170-pound all purpose back gashed Nevada high school defenses for 1,647 yards and 22 touchdowns in his junior season.

Pumphrey also claims offers from California, Duke, Nevada, UCLA and UNLV.

Luckily for SDSU fans, Pumphrey has strong connections to the San Diego area.

"I'm from San Diego, California, and I'm a San Diego Chargers fan," said Pumphrey.

Pumphrey also had positive things to say about the SDSU football program.

"I know that SDSU is a great football program," said Pumphrey. "Also, one of my favorite players, Marshall Faulk, went there. I speak highly about him and SDSU."

The fact that the Aztecs were the first school to offer Pumphrey provided him with a little extra excitement.

"I was super excited [to be offered by SDSU]--especially to be offered first by my home state," said Pumphrey.

Pumphrey values more than just football when it comes to making his college decision.

"My most important qualities of college is education and playing the game I love," stated Pumphrey. "Getting my degree is the most important, and playing ball comes after that. My high school coach Hunkie Cooper stresses to our high school program that being a athlete comes after being a student. School comes first."

Pumphrey's favorite memory of his junior season came when his school won the division.

"I had one of my best games, rushing for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns. I also scored the game winning touchdown and 2 point conversion," said Pumphrey.

Pumphrey is an extremely talented running back in multiple facets of the game--but what does Pumphrey believe his strengths are on the field?

"As a running back, the strongest parts of my game are making defenders miss with my speed and running both between the tackles and outside the tackles," said Pumphrey.

Pumphrey has his sights set high going into his senior year at Canyon Springs HS.

"During the offseason, I've been working on my size and just my overall game," said Pumphrey. "My goals for next season are to be Gatorade State Player of the Year, rush for more than twenty five thousand yards and thirty touchdowns. Most of all, I want to lead my team to a state title."

Pumphrey has six offers at the moment, but he has a number of schools that have shown interest in him.

"I've been shown interest by Oregon, Cal, Boise State, UNLV, Arizona, UCLA, Idaho, Washington, Stanford, Princeton, Harvard and more," said Pumphrey.

Despite all of the interest from great schools, SDSU fans shouldn't be scared by the other teams showing interest--Pumphrey appears to like SDSU a lot.

"My favorite schools as of now are SDSU, Cal, Oregon and UCLA," said Pumphrey.

Furthermore, Pumphrey's interest is piqued by SDSU's future move to the Big East.

"I think the competition [in the Big East] will bring the best out of the program," said Pumphrey. "Also. a lot of running backs that play or played in the league came from the Big East Conference."

In the offseason, Pumphrey plans on attending a camp at Oregon and a Nike camp.

Pumphrey also plans on making visits to Cal, Oregon and UCLA.

As for taking a visit to SDSU?

"Absolutely," said Pumphrey. "I can't wait!"

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