Natick High quarterback Scott McCummings made a verbal commitment to the University of Connecticut at high noon today, officially putting a stamp on a high level interest that had been stirring for a while.
The Huskies first offered a scholarship the 6-foot-2 senior last January, and kept the offer on the table even as other prospects made their commitments, and still other suitors from rival Big East schools came and went on their offers to McCummings. During a visit to the Storrs, Conn. campus this weekend, and following an intrasquad scrimmage, McCummings told offensive line coach Mike Foley of his decision; a half-hour later, he broke the news to head coach Randy Edsall.
"They were so patient with me, and they were the first team to show interest in me," McCummings said tonight via cell phone. "I just felt like they wanted me to be there. They really believe I can be a player that can make a difference in their program. It's nice for them to have that confidence in me."
McCummings joins Doherty linebacker/running back Yawin Smallwood on the list of in-state prospect to commit to the Huskies, and might not be the last. The Huskies have reportedly shown interest in several other highly-touted area prospects, including Brookline quarterback/safety Irvin Scott, Everett safety Rodman Noel and BC High tight end/defensive end Andrew Tallman, though they have not yet offered any of the three.
Aside from the Huskies' early interest in the quarterback, McCummings said the other big factor was where they see him lining up. Some schools thought he'd have to transition to wide receiver at the college level. UConn, looking to go to more of a spread-oriented attack this season, sees him as a great fit under center.
"I didn't want to go any place where I'd be considered an athlete," said McCummings, whose older brother Thad is an incoming freshman defensive back at UMass. "UConn is the school that saw me as a quarterback the whole time. I still want to be seen as a quarterback, not just an athlete."
McCummings was an All-Bay State conference selection in 2008 for the Red and Blue, putting up over 2,000 yards of offense (1,232 passing, 980 rushing) and 19 touchdowns (14 rushing) despite being hampered in the final three games by a high ankle sprain.
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