By mid-April Ty Cummings had a scholarship offer from Houston, by late-April he was committed to play for them.
“It’s close to home but not too close, the head coach is a former special teams coach, and he personally recruited me, which was a big deal for me,” said Cummings. “It makes me feel really important.”
Cummings hails from Carroll High School in Southlake, TX, a place that is considered one of the largest high school football towns in the country. He admits, though, there wasn’t too much talk around Southlake about Houston growing up.
“I didn’t know all that much about them before. Being in the Dallas/Fort Worth area it’s always TCU, SMU, and obviously UT is big everywhere in Texas,” he said. “But them going into a new conference (in 2013), getting to play big schools and possibly competing for national championships, it’s great.”
Last year the Cougars finished 13-1 while leading the nation in passing yards per game and points per game. For Cummings, more points equals more kicking. Something that he has no problem doing.
“I knew they had a big, high-flying offense. Which is awesome for me, I get to kick a lot.”
With a departing senior and only one field goal specialist on the roster, Cummings should be able to come in from day one and make an impact.
“I’ll get to be doing the kicking responsibilities as a freshman. I feel like I will be able to compete for just about everything, which is a big plus for me because I like to compete.”
In terms of strengths and weaknesses, Cummings says his leg strength is his biggest asset and he feels most comfortable doing kickoffs but is continuing working hard on other parts of his game, too.
“I’ve been working on field goals a lot and trying to improve on accuracy and being consistent.”