Seminoles.com Senior Writer Brandon Mellor breaks down FSU's returning defensive players and looks at the 'Noles' needs on the defensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary heading into National Signing Day 2012.
Second-year defensive tackle who gained strength and excelled during spring ball. Showed explosiveness in coming off the ball this spring leaving coaches pleased with his progress and making him a viable option for the defensive tackle rotation.
2010 Played in three games as a true freshman and recorded three tackles (two solo and one assisted)...picked up two tackles in the season opening win over Samford and added a tackle against Wake Forest.
Intense and physical competitor who came off the corner as a defensive end at Astronaut high school...first commitment to FSU's 2010 signing class...came into his senior season with 159 tackles, including 22 for losses and 15 sacks...earned a four-star ranking from both Rivals and Scout...ranked No. 24 prospect in state and No.159 nationally by Rivals...rated No. 33 player in the state by Scout.com...ESPN ranked Cummings No. 130 prospect nationally and No. 12 defensive tackle...Florida Super 75 selection by the Times-Union as the No. 2 defensive end in the state...Bill Buchalter ranked Cummings No. 79 in his Florida Top 100 and the No. 4 defensive end...No. 130 according to ESPNU top 150 players...like many former FSU defensive line standouts, was an elite shot put and discus thrower for the Astronaut track & field team...collected more than 15 major college offers and was heavily pursued by Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others...born March 7, 1991.