June 4, 2009

Cummings ready to get to work

Incoming freshman defensive end Euclid Cummings played high school football not too far from the Georgia Tech campus and in less than two weeks, he will be joining his new teammates to get ready for the 2009 football season. Cummings is excited about the challenges ahead and he is willing to do whatever the coaches ask even if that means he will redshirt in 2009.

"The coaches want me at defensive end and playing right away is important to me, but if I have to redshirt that is not a problem," he said. "I am open to whatever the coaches want me to do."

After committing in December and signing in February, Cummings has been focused on taking care of what is in his control in the classroom and weight room and not worrying about what will happen once he steps foot onto the practice fields.

"Since signing day I have focused on keeping my grades up and working out," Cumming said. "Everything is cool and I will be in school on June 16. I am really excited about playing at Georgia Tech."

Cummings one main goal for his freshman year is to get bigger and stronger without losing the speed that makes him a great pass rusher.

"Physically my goal by the end of the year is to get to 260 pounds and stay in the 4.5 or 4.6 range in the 40," Cummings said. "That is a one-year goal. Right now I am six-foot-four and somewhere between 235 and 240 pounds."

Cummings has his sights set on becoming a talented ACC defensive end like a couple of guys who now play on Sundays.

"Of course I would like to be like Michael Johnson with his athleticism and play like that," he said. "Julius Peppers is the other guy I would like to play like. My game is about getting to the quarterback and stop the run when necessary."

During the break between signing day and his high school graduation, Cummings has been building a relationship with some of the Georgia Tech coaches. Giff Smith his position coach is usually on the road recruiting, so Cummings has become close with Wide Receivers Coach Buzz Preston.

"As of now, coach Preston and myself have the closest relationship," he said. "Coach Giff is on the road all the time, but coach Preston has stayed tight with me since I signed. I am really excited to get down there and I can't wait to walk out of the tunnel for that first game."

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