Cummings Receives Tar Heel Offer

After playing basketball and baseball for much of his life, Euclid Cummings wanted to try something new. Thus, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound jumbo athlete tried out for Roswell (Ga.) Centennial High School's football team.

The decision proved to be fruitful. Cummings earned a starting role at defensive end, had a great junior campaign, and has now received a handful of scholarship offers this spring.

"It's a shock – it's a big one," Cummings said. "I didn't expect to get any offers as I have now. It's just a shock."

The Evaluation Period has resulted in scholarship offers from Central Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Middle Tennessee State, and North Carolina. UNC's offer, the most recent, came late last week.

"[Steve Hagen] called me on my cell phone, and I didn't answer it the first time because I wasn't around the phone. But he left me a voicemail with the time of day and that I had received an offer from North Carolina," Cummings said.

Upon hearing the message, Cummings immediately returned Hagen's call.

"Basically, [he talked] about how good their school was, how they're going to build the program," Cummings said.

Although he readily admits his knowledge about UNC is lacking, Cummings is intrigued by the Tar Heels.

"I actually like North Carolina – good education and a good school all-around, and has a good alumni base," Cummings said.

Regardless, UNC hasn't yet cracked Cummings' favorites list, which includes schools that have been recruiting him for several months.

"My favorite schools are South Carolina – I like South Carolina a lot, I like Georgia, I like Auburn, I like Indiana, I like Maryland – I like all those schools," Cummings said.

"South Carolina, when I visited I had a feeling about it. I like the stadium, I like the fanbase, and I heard it's a pretty good school.

"I like Georgia because I'm from Georgia. I think it would be cool to play for the hometown team.

"And the other schools are pretty good academic schools and have been on me for awhile."

Cummings says he "has no idea" when he'll make a verbal commitment.

Last week, Cummings attended a camp at Middle Tennessee State. In the next couple of weeks, he will camp at Auburn and South Carolina.

Cummings, who has yet to visit UNC, says he'll likely use a fall official visit to get to Chapel Hill. However, he will attempt to unofficially visit the campus over the summer.

"Possibly I'll make a visit," Cummings said. "My coaches or parents might be willing to take me down there. I just have to play it out."

Last year UNC signed Ebele Okakpu out of Roswell (Ga.). Although from the same town, Cummings says he's not familiar with Okakpu.

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