Cummings Can't Wait to Get Started

Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Kevin Cummings has been doing his due dilligence this summer, going to camps and performing well. Now, he's hearing the same thing from a number of college programs -- that they want to see his first few games before deciding on whether to offer him or not...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Kevin Cummings (6-2, 175) is getting closer to the beginning of his senior season, and with that comes a crucial stretch to start the year, where he'll find out if the scholarship offers will materialize.

"It's pretty much the same thing with all of the schools," said Cummings. "They want to see how I do the first couple of games."

The one school Cummings thinks could be the closest to offering is San Jose State.

"San Jose State said they were really interested in me and they want to do a visit," said Cummings. "They also want to see the first few games. They're probably the most interested in me. I went up for their practices a few weeks ago."

Aside from the Spartans, Cummings has been in recent contact with UConn and Arizona State.

"I've been emailing a lot with UConn and Arizona State and we'll see what happens there," said Cummings.

And Cummings continues to maintain contact with UCLA, where he camped in the summer, and where his cousin E.J. Woods is a freshman and former teammate Kevin Prince is a freshman quarterback as well.

"I went to about five of UCLA's practices to see E.J. and Kevin," said Cummings. "It's the same there as the other places. They want to see my first few games. I'm going to the Tennessee game, too."

Cummings said that those four schools are the primary one's he's interested in, along with San Diego State, but that he's not panicing about his recruitment.

"I think my first offer could be from San Jose State, but even if they offered, I'm going to weigh all of my options and see how it plays out. I just want to get the season going," said Cummings.

And Cummings is excited to see his role expand this year. After spending much of the summer of 2007 working on his chemistry with Prince, the season-ending knee injury to Prince catapulted Bryan Bennett into the quarterback spot, and it's only been this spring and summer that the two have really improved their timing together. Cummings is also planning to start at corner for the Celts.

"I just recently showed I could play some corner, and I feel like I'm just as good of a defensive back as I am a receiver," said Cummings.

He and the Celts will get a chance to see where they stand early, playing Northridge High of Layton, Utah, then coming back to SoCal to play Lake Balboa Birmingham, who they beat in the opener a year ago, and then Servite, who they upended in the semifinals of the Pac-5 playoffs.

Academically, Cummings has a 3.6 GPA and took the SAT this spring.

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