Matthews (N.C.) Jireh Prep wide receiver Christian Cumberlander took an official visit to San Diego…
Cumberlander steps on Montezuma Mesa
"I just want to get out and see the school," Cumberlander said of what he's looking forward to on the visit. "It's all the way across the country. I just want to get a chance to see the West Coast and look at the school."
"So I just want to get out there, talk with the coaches, view the school and city as a whole. Just want to take it all in and see if it feels right."
Aztecs wide receivers coach LeCharls McDaniel flew out to see the talented go to receiver on Monday for an in-home visit.
"It was very good," Cumberlander described. "We talked about life in general. We talked about school and having a backup plan with academics. He got a chance to meet my mom. We overviewed the university as a whole and the football program of course but we talked about life also. My mom really liked him a lot."
Cumberlander said the Aztecs are looking for a big receiver and they want him to be that guy.
What are the chances the prep star commits during his visit this weekend?
"Coach [LeCharls] McDaniel is always on my tail saying this is the place for you," Cumberlander said. "He said you can come here and be a special player if you put in the work."
"If it feels right, if it feels comfortable and I like the school, see myself walking around campus, attending the classes, playing football then there might be a commitment."
The 6-foot-3 and 200-pound wideout also holds offers from Washington, Kentucky, Houston, Colorado State, Duke, Penn State, Cincinnati and Oklahoma State. He was scheduled to take an official visit to Washington last weekend but did not go due to "family issues."
The east coast prospect doesn't have any other visits lined up but would like to check out Kentucky with the last visit before signing day going to Oklahoma State or Houston.
"Family orientated program, good academics and a good place to play football at. Place where I can be around some good people," Cumberlander said of what will be the difference when choosing between schools. "Also have coaches that can prepare me to play possibly in the NFL or any other professional type of football."
This season the highly touted recruit had 38 catches for 708 yards and six touchdowns despite missing two games.
"I'm a big receiver, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds," Cumberlander said of his game. "I run a 4.46-40. I can get vertical. I'm a good route runner. I'm good blocker on the perimeter. I can go across the middle or if you need me to go deep I can go deep. I can do a little bit of everything."
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