2017 DE Max Cummins summed up his Texas Longhorns official visit as "top-notch”. The Longhorns' commit was among several visitors in Austin last weekend, and the time spent with his future teammates is an experience he won't soon forget.
“It was amazing," he said of his visit. "The best part was getting to know the coaches a little more, and getting to know my future teammates and the rest of the recruits.
“I spent a lot of time with Coach Orlando and Coach Giles. They said I’m coming in at a perfect time and would fit right into the defense.”
A three-star prospect out of Fort Worth All-Saints Episcopal, Cummins' road to Texas was not necessarily a common venture as compared to other members of the 2017 recruiting class.
The recruiting process really didn’t kick into overdrive until the end of his senior season. Though the Longhorns' interest came later than other programs, Cummins' decision to commit to Texas was made well before he received an official scholarship offer.
He knew he was destined to be a Longhorn, and has already started his preparation for the challenge ahead that comes with his pledge.
“They’re going to give me a (workout) packet right after signing day, but my strength and conditioning coach is getting me ready for that day right now,” the 245-pound DE said of his off-season plans.
“I’m going to try to come in June 1 around 260 pounds, so it’s about 15 pounds from now to then. I think if I want to have a chance at playing early or starting, I definitely have to get to that weight now and not lose any quickness or speed.”
The OV was the first opportunity for Cummins to see how first-year head coach Tom Herman interacts with the Longhorns. After witnessing Herman's demeanor with the team and how he has handled the recruiting process, Cummins is sold.
“What I took away is he’s really comfortable with his position right now," Cummins said of his future coach. "He’s really, really confident that the program is going to take off really soon.
“He’s a great recruiter and shoots it straight. The way he has had the strength and conditioning program now set up, the way he is getting the facilities set up, the way he treats the players and recruits and everything involved is world class.
"Nothing can beat it.”
Cummins will sign his letter of intent with Texas Wednesday during his National Signing Day ceremony at All Saints' Episcopal.
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