December 1, 2008

Cummings favors ASU

Encino (Calif.) Crespi athlete Kevin Cummings is considered to be one of the more underrated prospects in the region.

Cummings committed to San Diego State last week on same day that athletic director Jeff Schemmel announced that Chuck Long would not be returning as the school's head football coach for the 2009 season.

"I committed on the same day the coaches were let go," Cummings said. "I still consider myself committed there but I am going to be keeping my options wide open. I just visited Arizona State unofficially this past weekend."

Cummings started both ways for Crespi, who finished its season at 6-4. On defense, Cummings played cornerback, totaling 24 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. On offense, he played wide receiver, hauling in 22 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a punt for a touchdown.

"I also have been talking a lot to San Jose State and UConn," Cummings said. "I am going to officially visit San Jose State this upcoming weekend. I hope to set something up with UConn. If I get the chance I would like to take an official there as well as to Stanford and ASU."

As a junior Cummings had 12 catches for 116 yards, helping Crespi to the Mission League title and a spot in the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division Finals. He started his career at Santa Monica where he was named team MVP as a freshman. After that season he transferred to Crespi and had to sit out his sophomore season. Still he earned the Ironman Award.

It was the off-season after his junior year that Cummings first started gaining attention from recruiters. He won the MVP award for receivers at the Ohio State University Summer Camp. He also stood out at the NIKE Camp held in Palo Alto, Calif., where he was among the top five receivers at the event.

Onlookers reported that Cummings displayed outstanding routes and caught nearly every pass that was catchable. On one than more route, he had his defender going in circles.

After an enjoyable trip to Arizona and an unofficial visit to Arizona State for the UCLA game, Arizona State will continue to be a school of high interest to Cummings.

"I took an unofficial to watch them play UCLA," Cummings said. "I had never been to Arizona before and we decided to take a little trip out there for the weekend. We celebrated Thanksgiving on Wednesday and then came out for a vacation.

"Greg Burns is recruiting me for ASU. I also get to talk to Coach (Eric) Yarber a lot; he is the wide receivers coach. At first they were recruiting me as a receiver but when I was up there this weekend they said they want to see my tapes. They might want me for defense; a lot of teams have been saying that lately. The ASU coaches told me once they see my film then they will decide to offer me or not.

"ASU is the school I really want to go to right now," Cummings said "I really loved Arizona. I really like the program ASU has and I could my see myself fitting in really well with their offense. They have always been a childhood favorite."

Cummings is considered to be relatively athletic, and he plays long. He is lean, but has the potential to gain weight without losing a step.

The 6-foot-2 175-pounder also has good bloodlines, as his dad played wide receiver and running back in the CFL after playing at Central State (Ohio) University and his cousin, E.J. Woods is a four-star incoming freshman safety for UCLA.

"I would rather play wide receiver," Cummings said. "Only because it's the position I have played my whole life and the one that I know the best. If they want me to play safety then I will play safety.

"The important thing is whether I'll be able to play. I'm all about competing, I want to compete. I just want to go to a school where I can see myself playing and hopefully doing big things."

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