Cummings Keeping Options Open

Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver/safety Kevin Cummings committed to San Diego State even after the Aztecs head coach Chuck Long was relieved of his duties. Nonetheless, Cummings hasn't ended his recruitment and is in the process of exploring some of his other suitors. He unofficially visited Tempe this past weekend and talked to Devils Digest about his recruitment with ASU.

"It was real nice, it was my first visit to Arizona State and I liked it a lot," said Cummings. "I checked out the campus, but wasn't able to do that much because it rained a lot. It's a real nice campus and I liked how the crowd was really crazy at the (ASU-UCLA) game.

"Everyone was real friendly and it just looked like a fun place to be."

The Sun Devils win over the Bruins was certainly an impressive showing by the defense rather than the offense. Yet, Cummings was able to see the potential of that group.

"That offense gives receivers a lot of chances to make big plays," explained Cummings. "They just weren't executing in that game. This offense can definitely do a lot of good things and I liked the play calling."

Cummings verbaled to San Diego State as a safety, but some of the schools pursuing him, including the Sun Devils, are looking at him at both wide receiver and safety. "Both Coach Yarber and Coach Burns are gonna look at my tapes and see what position they like me better at," stated Cummings. "I prefer to play wide receiver, but I started just this year to play cornerback too so schools have tape on me playing that position.

"I think I did real well there and I know that in a year or two I could be a good cornerback."

Kevin Cummings stands 6-2 175 and runs a 4.52. The Celts finished 6-4 and missed the playoffs. On the season Cummings hauled in 22 receptions for 401 yards and three touchdowns. At corner he collected 24 Tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

"I know I need to get stronger so I can compete with the players in the Pac-10," remarked Cummings. "I do run good routes and have good hands. In one on one situations I win most of time because I can create good separation.

"As a cornerback it really helps that I play wide receiver because I can read the offense and know what route the receiver wants to run."

Cummings indicated that ASU has been recruiting his since the summer, and that he feels that the maroon and gold is very interested in him.

"I told Arizona State and other schools that I'm still looking around," said Cummings. "Right now I'm a soft commit to San Diego State. They said that they will have a new coach by the middle of December so I'll wait to see who that coach is before I make a decision." He added that he will officially visit San Jose State this weekend, and has been hearing from Washington and Stanford, as well as Connecticut and Villanova.

"After the Arizona State coaches look over my film they'll talk to me about (officially) visit there," said Cummings. "It's probably not gonna be until January though."

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