The stats aren't as eye popping as some other signees -- Kevin Cummings snatched 22 passes for 410 yards (18.2 ypc) with three touchdowns as a receiver. He tallied 29 tackles with two interceptions as a cornerback.
He didn't racked up All-State honors nor was he named the player of the year in his league. He had a modest four offers, from San Diego State, New Mexico State, Montana and the one that counted most, from Oregon State.
But high school scribe Sean Ceglinsky from The Los Angeles Times, the newspaper with the largest circulation east of Virginia, says Beaver fans needn't worry. The stats don't tell the story on this future Beaver.
"Cummings is a playmaker," said Ceglinsky. "He makes things happen.
"He plays bigger than his 6-foot-2 frame and that allows him to catch passes other receivers can't. He can stretch the field vertically or sneak underneath the coverage and make the tough catch."
If you like yards after the catch, said Ceglinsky, you're going to love Cummings.
"Once he gets into the open field look out, this kid has some moves," Ceglinsky added. "He's trouble once he breaks into the open field."
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound future Beav originally verballed to San Diego State before OSU came calling late in the recruiting year. OSU liked, among other things, his size, disciplined route running and steady hands.
"He'll be a good player for us in time," said Riley.
And time is exactly what he figures to have. With a limited amount of scholarships available in 2009 to get to the 85-max limit, and plenty of receiving talent around Corvallis for two more years, the coaches are taking a long look at having Cummings grayshirt and enroll in January of 2010.
Ceglinsky says delaying enrollment should fit Cummings perfectly and allow him to better adjust to the speed of play in the Pac-10.
"He should temper his expectations, at least initially," Ceglinsky said. "The Pac-10 Conference is no joke and Cummings figures to learn that right away.
"Two years from now, I can see him making a difference. I can see him being a solid contributor."
With four receivers set to graduate in two years, that is just what the Beavers will need.
THE CUMMINGS FAMILY and Mike Riley go way back -- back to a time when the Rubik's Cube was all the rage, Tron was on the cutting edge of computer technology and the mullet haircut, for some inexplicable reason, gained popularity.
Cummings' father played for Riley in the 80's when he was the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.
- Ceglinsky on Cummings - "I think the
Beavers landed a keeper in Cummings, no question about it. Coach Mike Riley is
going to love having this guy around for the next four years. This is a
youngster who's going to make a difference both on and off the field."
- Ceglinsky on Cummings' personality -
"Cummings is a people person, one of those dudes everyone likes. He comes from a
good school, too. Crespi kids are well-spoken and respectful. He'll adjust to
college life well."
- Cummings is friends with current Beavers QB Ryan Katz and S Cameron Collins --
he huddled up with them at Santa
Monica before transferring to Crespi.
- Cummings was honored as the top receiver at a summer camp hosted by Ohio State.
A big thanks to Sean Ceglinsky of The Los Angeles Times for providing his insight on one of the newest members of Beaver Nation.