Keith Mumphrey came to Michigan State last weekend without a future collegiate home. The Georgia wide receiver learned and saw enough, including MSU's 26-20 victory over arch rival Michigan, to make a decision.
"It was basically about getting an education," Mumphrey told Spartan Nation regarding his decision to select the Green and White. Mumphrey held offers from, among others, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State and Arkansas.
"They are one of the top teaching schools in the nation," Mumphrey said, adding that he would like to pursue medical engineering at some point in his collegiate career, but thinks he might hold off on that line of study until he's got his feet underneath him. As of now, he has not decided on a major, but with a 3.9 grade point average, Mumphrey certainly holds his own in the classroom.
On his visit last weekend, Mumphrey got a tour of facilities, watched the game and met the coaching staff. Head coach Mark Dantonio made a solid impression on the coveted student athlete from Dooly County High School. "I liked how he described his relationships with his players," Mumphrey said, noting the emphasis Dantonio made on helping young men mature into adults.
As a wide receiver, Mumphrey likes what he sees from the Spartan offense," Oh, it's nice," he said. "They got those two sophomore quarterbacks (Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol) so I know I'm going to have someone to throw the ball to me when I come in there."
At the moment, Dooly County is 3-2, but Mumphrey says he's looking for a win this evening to keep building those W's. "We're looking to be 4-2," he said.
In order to keep his team winning, and one of the reasons teams lined up to give him a scholarship, Mumphrey stretches the field. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound speedster runs a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash. And with a set of flycatcher hands, thatâ€™s the kind of speed that makes an offense like MSU's go.