Since verbally committing to Kansas in June, Cummings said his decision has not wavered. "I'm set on Kansas," he said.
It was Cummings' unofficial visit to the University in June that sealed the decision.
He was able to meet and mingle with the coaches and players. According to Cummings, "Everyone was on the same page…the coaching staff was friends. That's something I liked- being part of a family and not just a football team."
The family atmosphere may be in part to Head Coach Turner Gill's persona. "He was very down to earth," said Cummings. "More of a father figure than a coach. Someone who's going to steer you in the right direction, but still get on you… tell you what you're doing wrong."
Speaking of steering in the right direction, Cummings' own father did just that. Accompanying his son on the unofficial visit for support, Cummings' father ended up falling for the school, as well."My dad told me it was my decision to make," said Cummings, "but to have him approve (of the University of Kansas) helped my decision a lot."
Cummings intends to return to Jayhawk Country for an official visit within the upcoming months- preferably during the basketball season. As a member of Killeen High's basketball squad, with a passion for hoops, Cummings said he'd love to experience a game at KU's Allen Fieldhouse, witnessing Head Basketball Coach Bill Self's powerhouse in action.
"(KU Basketball) is like another religion up there (in Kansas) - kind of like football is down here in Texas."
For now, being the heart of football season, Cummings and the 5-0 Killeen Kangaroos focus on preparing to host University High School of Waco, Texas this Friday.
When asked what he's striving to improve on most this season in route to the college level, Cummings said it is his decision making as a quarterback. "You can always be a better decision-maker," he said. "The (college) game's going to be a lot faster, so the quicker you can make a decision with the ball, the better off you are."