Aiden Cummings signed with Cumberland University on Wednesday to continue his football playing career in college.
Cummings expects to play on the defensive line, and he doubts he will play football and basketball, although the door is open for the two-sport Pioneer athlete to play both at Cumberland.
Cummings becomes the seventh Warren County Pioneer football player from Squad#52 to sign with a college to play football. Cumberland University and Cummings heated up conversations in the past month that led to Cummings signing to play football this fall.
Aiden Cummings described the process that led to his signing, “I knew that I was going to get signed last week when they offered me. I will be somewhere on the defensive line. They said that I could play basketball if I wanted to, but in college, that may be tough to do.”
“Initially, I tried contacting them on Twitter, but I didn’t think that went through. Then I applied, and their defensive coordinator contacted me on Twitter about 2-3 weeks ago. I could not go to the unsigned senior class camp. They asked me if I still wanted to still play football, and I said yes. He asked me to come visit them, which I did. Then he offered me. My mom and I talked about it, and I committed the next day.”
Aiden Cummings is 6-foot and 3 ½, and weighs 260 pounds. He was slowed down during his senior football season with a minor injury. Cummings is healthy now. He stated that he and Kason Holder are working out together.
TEAMMATE AND FORMER COACH COMMENTS
Pioneer teammate Ryland Holder praised Aiden Cummings after the signing. Holder said, “Aiden is a stud. Look at him. He is a freak of nature.”
Former teammate and rising junior Braylon Grayson commented on Cummings signing, “I think it is pretty good.”
Pioneer head football coach Matt Turner said, “He is a kid who was persistent and wanted to play at the next level. He made the commitment with Cumberland University happen pretty much on his own. He played in a game in December in Gatlinburg that gave him a good showing. Cumberland University saw his size and how much athletic ability he has and offered him. I am glad he found a place close to home to play. He is a big family guy.”
FOOTBALL PLAYERS WHO HAVE SIGNED TO PLAY IN COLLEGE
C.J. Taylor, Kason and Ryland Holder, Dirty Doug Wells, Kaden Jordan, Clay Thompson and Aiden Cummings.