CCHS athletes sign to play college sports

Published 8:11 pm Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CCHS’s Cameron Cummings (seated, center) signed to play for the University of South Alabama. Cummings was joined at a ceremony by brother Cody Cummings, father Darryl Cummings, mother Karen Cummings, vice principal Chris Miller, Hand, Stewart and coach Josey Shannon.

“My teammates and coaches have pushed me, and if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have this opportunity,” Cummings said. “We are a very tight-knit group. I love every one of them, and for me, it’s going to be very emotional at the end of this year. At the same time, I’m very excited about the challenge that’s ahead.”

USA was the first D1 school to recruit Cummings.

USA coach Mark Calvi and his coaching staff built a rapport with Cummings during his sophomore year, stressing how important Cummings would be to the program.

Cummings said Calvi and lead recruiter/coach Jerry Zulli, were also important factors in his decision.

Given that starting USA outfielders Nick Zaharion and Nolan Early are seniors, this could allow Cummings early playing time and a chance to compete.

Cummings said he credits CCHS head baseball coach Josey Shannon for his development as a player mentally and physically.

“I rarely miss a day hitting in the cage, working my swing, trying to get better,” Cummings said. “Coach tells us all the time, ‘If you’re not working on your game in the offseason, you don’t want a championship.’ I want to be the best I can possibly be, and I think USA will give me that chance.”

Cummings also plays for the Alabama Baseball Academy with Rusty Riley, his travel baseball coach.

Editor’s note: Staff writer Emily Beckett and contributor Cody Cummings compiled this report.