Busy Summer For McCummings

With more teams running some version of the spread, the position of quarterback has evolved. More and more teams are looking for players that can run the ball as well as throw from the pocket. Prospects that would have projected to another position in college are getting interest at the quarterback position. One example is Natick (MA) quarterback Scott McCummings.

Natick quarterback Scott McCummings is 6'2" and 218 pounds. In another era, colleges would be looking at him as an H-Back or linebacker. With more and more teams running the spread, or some variation of it, colleges are looking at the talented dual-threat quarterback as a signal caller in college.

"Not a whole lot is going on with my recruiting at this point. Syracuse and UConn have offered. I've been talking with coach Devine at BC and the coaches at Vanderbilt. The coaches from Rutgers have been to my school and I talked with them just a little while ago. Stanford has also contacted me and they are interested as well. Everyone is recruiting me as a quarterback."

As the local school, Boston College would logically be of the most interest to Scott at this point. The Eagles have yet to offer, but are very interested in him.

"Boston College has been talking to me quite a bit. They want me to come to camp and work out for them. They said they are not sure if they want me as an athlete or as a quarterback. The first thing is they want to decided if they intend to offer me and that's why they want me in camp.

"For them it depends on how I do at their camp as to what happens. If they like me they said they will offer and then decide on where they think I fit best."

With two offers and several schools showing strong interest, the summer will be filled with college visits and camps.

"I'm going to the BC camp. I will be at the Syracuse camp and the UConn camp. I'm still working on the Vanderbilt camp. I may just do one day at each so I can fit them in. The rest of the summer is not planned out just yet, but I'm working that out now."

Schools looking at Scott see him as a dual-threat quarterback that could possibly play other positions. For now they are focusing on him as a quarterback. At his high school, that is the role he plays now and that will continue into his senior year.

"My high school used to run a pro offense, but we are more of a spread offense now. We still run some I-formation now and then, but we are primarily a spread team now. That means I run the ball more than in the past."

As is always the case with the dual-threat quarterbacks, over all athletic ability is the primary focus of recruiters.

"I'm 6'2" and 218 now. I have not thought too much about my forty times, but have started going to camps where they have you run the forty. I ran a 4.69, which was not very good, but I did not know much about how to run it properly. I was told I could do much better with some practice. I do have good speed for a guy my size.

"I was at a combine in Storrs and saw some really fast guys. I saw Silas Redd and Khairi Fortt run the forty in 4.4. There was some guy from Canada that is 6'7" and he ran a 4.5. So, I think I should work on my technique a little so I can get a better time next time. "

With a busy summer expected, Scott has yet to form a favorites list or think about a date for a commitment.

"I'm just taking it in all now. I want to listen to everyone who is showing interest and see who is going to offer. I'm not in a hurry at this point as the summer is just starting. Some schools say they want to watch me play in the fall. So, I may take my visits before I decide on anything. I'm a good student and take my class work seriously. So, the academics are going to be a big factor, not just football.

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