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GT Defensive Lineman Euclid Cummings

Fresh off his official visit to Georgia Tech, Centennial High School defensive end Euclid Cummings decided to pull the trigger Thursday night. Though he still had other official visits scheduled, he decided to pull the trigger and commit to Georgia Tech after the visit.

Euclid Cummings – Profile

How was your official visit to Georgia Tech last weekend?

"The visit was great. They rolled out the first class treatment for us. It was very impressive with what they had planned for us."

What did you do the first day?

"We got there and checked in and toured the campus some and got a chance to meet all the other recruits and some of the players. My host was Jamal Paige. He was great. He made me feel at home. In the evening we went to The Capital Grille for dinner and I really liked that place. I had a great Delmonico steak there. The place was first class. After dinner, Jamal took us out for the evening and we all had a real good time.

Saturday we got up and had breakfast in the hotel conference room and went over to watch the team practice for the bowl game. It was their first practice so it wasn't real intense. It seemed they were working on special teams and conditioning. We went to the Presidential Suite for lunch and that was a nice place too. It had a great view of the field and the food was very good. We toured the campus some more and then Morgan Burnett and Josh Nesbitt took us out for Saturday evening. We all really clicked with the players and it was a very enjoyable evening.

On Sunday, we had breakfast and then went over to meet with the coaches. I had a chance to talk with Coach Johnson one on one. He told me that he really wanted me at Georgia Tech. He made me feel at home when we were talking. I was very comfortable around him and that was a big point in my trip. After that, we left and headed home."

After taking some time to think things over after the visit, what made you decide to go ahead and commit?

"The fact that I fit in with the players already there and the recruits coming in as well was a big reason why I committed to Georgia Tech. Jordan Luallen and I really got along very well. He's a great guy and made me feel like we were both already a part of the team. The biggest and main reason I went ahead and committed to Tech was the academics. They have a great business school which is what I want as my major. Combine that with how comfortable I felt with all the players, it was easy to make that decision. Coach Giff Smith and Coach Johnson also played a huge part in my decision. They are great coaches and I know they will make me a better player. They are just as concerned about my academics as they are in making me a better player. With them, I know my best interests will be taken care of."

Did Coach Smith or Coach Johnson say anything about early playing time?

"Basically they told me it is up to me. If I can come in and work hard and prove myself, I will get playing time. If they feel a redshirt season is what I need, then that is okay too. I want to play but I want to do what is best for the team. Whatever they decide is fine with me."

You have two visits left. Will you take them?

"No sir, I am canceling my visits to Tennessee and North Carolina. I haven't had a chance to tell the coaches just yet but I will. I am finished with my recruiting. I am very happy that I am going to Georgia Tech, very happy."

If the coaches try and talk you into making your visit, will you think about going?

"No sir , I will explain that I am more than happy about my decision to attend Georgia Tech and that I do not need to go to any other school."

When will you be enrolling at Georgia Tech and what number will you ask for when you get there?

"I will enroll in June and I have requested number 99."

Dale's Take: Euclid and I had a lot to talk about tonight. I kidded him about being a hard person to get on the phone and he laughed about it. Every time the conversation turned to his decision to attend Georgia Tech, you could tell it in his voice that he was more than happy about his decision and that June cannot get here soon enough. He was very adamant about not going to his official visits to Tennessee and North Carolina as he found what he called his home for the next four to five years.

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