Recruiting Diary 2012: Ashton Shumpert, Aug. 31: New offers in for 4-star Shumpert

Ashton Shumpert sat in the coaches office at the Itawamba field house Thursday afternoon with a handful of Wheat Thins in his right hand and two more offers in his left.

Shumpert has yet to play a game this season but the 4-star recruit’s offer sheet continues to climb.

Purdue and Alcorn State joined a list this week that now stands at 10.

Ole Miss has made contact this week and Shumpert said he may attend the Jackson St.-Mississippi State season opener Saturday.

Shumpert now lists Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Southern Miss and Alabama and Memphis as his suitors.

“Everybody’s about to start. I’ll take a visit to some of the games.,” Shumpert said.

He wants to visit, but he wants to play as well. A lingering illness has kept him out of the first three weeks of his senior season.

He had two television plans Thursday, watching the Crosstown Classic between Lafayette and Oxford on Fox Sports South and seeing how one of the teams offering him does in the year’s Southeastern Conference opener.

Vanderbilt lost but didn’t disappoint, giving No. 9 South Carolina a run in a 17-13 loss.

Shumpert didn’t venture to pick a winner in the Crosstown Classic but did say he heard Oxford was better than some thought – Oxford won 19-0 to end Lafayette’s 34-game win streak.

Itawamba is 2-0 going into Friday’s game against Nettleton.

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