Last weekend, Gill and Co. landed a commitment from one of the fastest defensive backs in central Florida, when Lake Mary High School defensive back Chris Robinson gave his pledge to the program.
Today, the Jayhawks have added one of the most productive quarterbacks
in all of Texas to their 2011 recruiting class, in Killeen High School
product Michael Cummings.
The talented signal caller said he was leaning toward making a
commitment when he and his father arrived in Lawrence this morning for
their scheduled unofficial visit. But it was the time he spent with the
Kansas coaching staff that pushed him past the tipping point.
"They seem liked they were family oriented, and cared genuinely about
me as a person, not only as an athlete," Cummings explained. "They
seemed like good, honest people."
During the visit, Cummings not only met with coaches and players, but
had the chance to tour the athletic facilities as well as the campus
itself, and learn a little bit more about how Kansas Athletics supports
its student-athletes academically.
This was his first trip to the Sunflower State, and earlier this week
Cummings admitted he was a little skeptical about what he would find.
It didn't take long, however, for his future home to make an impression.
"The campus was bigger than I thought it would be, and a lot nicer than
I thought it would be," he said. "So that was a pleasant surprise."
In 2009, Cummings threw for more than 2,500 yards, rushed for almost
900 more and accounted for 41 touchdowns in leading the Kangaroos to a
second-round appearance in the Texas Class 4A state playoffs.
After speaking at length with Gill and Long, both highly successful
college quarterbacks and coaches, he's convinced the Kansas system is
one in which he can make the most of his considerable abilities – and
aiming to make an impact early in his career.
"I feel like it's going to be a good fit for me," he said. "As soon as
I get on campus I'm going to start striving to be the starter."
Cummings is the fourth member of the Jayhawks' 2011 recruiting class,
which also includes Robinson, Tonkawa (OK) High School linebacker Jake Love, and Wichita (KS) Heights High School running back Dreamius Smith.
When his teammates at Killeen (TX) High School took the field on Friday for their annual spring…