The Houston Cougars and their newly completed coaching staff began the mad race to the finish that all programs are experiencing this time of year. Head coach Major Applewhite and his coaches were on the road again as soon as the contact period resumed late last week.
In addition to seeing a large number of commits and high priority targets at their schools and homes, the staff has also begun hosting many of the same players on official visits at the school.
One fast rising target the Cougars have been after is Fort Worth (TX) All Saints defensive end Max Cummins who has heard from the new staff often and who took an official visit to Houston over the weekend.
“I loved it,” the 6-foot-6, 245 defender said. “The coaches were really great and everything was awesome.”
Cummins was hosted by sophomore offensive lineman Kameron Eloph on his visit, but got to spend a lot of time getting to know the new staff better.
“It was really good,” Cummins said of all the time he spent with the staff. “I like coach (A.J.) Blum a lot. He is a good guy and we got to talk a bunch over the weekend. I also spent a lot of time with coach (Mark) D’Onofrio and then got to spend some time with coach Applewhite as well. I spent the most time with coach D’Onofrio though. I didn’t really know what to expect coming in, but he is a really great guy and seems like a great coach.”
In addition to the football, these official visits are often used for getting more in-depth answers to academic questions, which Cummins and his father were able to do.
“I got a couple of answers to my more academic related questions on the visit, which I found really good,” he said. “They are very focused on academics, the advisers really help out with school which is awesome. I didn’t really expect that as much as they advertised it which is cool.”
Cummins is a hot commodity this late in the process and his visit schedule is one that has been updated several times. With just two weekends remains before National Signing Day, Cummins now knows where he will be next weekend as he waits to make a decision on his final weekend.
“The way things have worked out, I am taking my official visit to Texas next weekend (January 20) and I am going to wait now on a visit that final weekend,” Cummins said. “Baylor is coming to talk to me this week, so is Virginia Tech and Wake Forest so I am going to wait to see on all of that before deciding on the last weekend.”
Cummins was a SPC All-State selection in 2016.