Multiple Offers in for Pine Tree Junior Caleb Chumley
Offers are starting to come in for Pine Tree junior athlete Caleb Chumley.
Pine Tree coach Derek Fitzhenry confirmed with ETSN.fm on Wednesday morning that the 6-foot-5, 220-pound quarterback/receiver holds FBS offers from Oregon State and Texas State, plus an FCS offer from Lamar. Fitzhenry added that Chumley may also have a Memphis offer, but he wasn’t 100 percent certain.
The Oregon State offer is as a tight end, but the others are after Chumley for quarterback. Baylor coach Art Briles visited Pine Tree in January to talk to Chumley, who later attended a Baylor junior day after Briles invited him. Fitzhenry also said that Chumley recently received a hand-written letter from Gary Pinkel, who wants to get a visit out of the tal dual-threat quarterback.
“They’re very interested in him,” Fitzhenry said of Baylor. “To quote Art Briles, ‘He’s intriguing.’ They want to bring him in to a camp in June. I think they’ll offer there.”
Chumley threw for more than 1,000 yards and ran for 400-plus while accumulating 13 total touchdowns in only three late-season games at quarterback in 2012. He started at receiver prior to his move to quarterback, where he ran the zone-read offense well.
Fitzhenry said all the measurables and natural ability are there.
“He has tremendous potential. He’s got some work to do, but he has potential,” Fitzhenry said. “He’s got a great arm. Tremendous arm strength, and he’s got tremendous accuracy. A lot of guys can throw the ball hard, but they’re not accurate. There’s a lot of guys who are accurate who don’t have a lot of velocity. He’s got both.
“That’s what stuck out to me when he was a sophomore. It’s just aweing when you see the velocity he has, but then you see the touch. There’s just a certain amount of rotation that some guys have that, even though they have great velocity, guys can catch the ball. He’s got good speed. He’s a legitimately fast guy. He’s just got tremendous athletic ability.”
Fitzhenry emphasized fundamentals such as footwork as the main focal point of Chumley’s improvement entering the 2013 season.
Chumley will try to help Pine Tree, which finished 2-7 in 2012, get its first postseason appearance since 2001. The Pirates plan to open a brand new stadium this fall.