Wildcat Defensive Tackles Get Their Shot at National Football League
Prep School: Talented lineman with the size and strength to play tackle and also the quickness needed to play at end ... Originally signed with Kentucky a year ago, he spent the 2008 season at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy ... His prep season included a game against the Kentucky junior varsity, in which he made two tackles for loss, including a quarterback sack ... Coached at Fork Union by John Shuman.
High School: Earned first-team all-state honors, covering all classifications, by The Associated Press and the Columbia State newspaper ... Also first-team all-state for Class AA by the High School Sports Report ... Totaled 107 tackles during senior season, including 14 quarterback sacks, for Calhoun County HS in St. Matthews, S.C. ... Chosen for the South Carolina vs. North Carolina Shrine Bowl and played for the winning squad ... Made 65 tackles and five sacks during his junior season ... Coached by Walter Wilson ... Joined the Calhoun County basketball team during his senior year, a squad that won three consecutive state championships and had a winning streak of 78 games ... Also played three seasons of baseball ... Member of the Spirit Club.
Personal: Born in Orangeburg, S.C. ... Last name pronounced "rump" with a silent "h" ... Son of Otis and Thelma Rumph ... An uncle, Chris Rumph, is an assistant coach at Clemson ... Donte's brother, Tremaine Tyler, played football at South Carolina ... A cousin, Philip Merling, played at Clemson and is now with the Miami Dolphins ... Major is undecided.