Burke’s Eric Cummings receives Offer From University of South Dakota

Posted on December 7, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Jake Marousek also gets nod from USD

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

   Omaha Burke’s defensive lineman Eric Cummings concluded his visit this weekend to the campus of the University of South Dakota with a full ride offer from Coyotes’ head coach Ed Meierkort .

   Cummings, who is 6 foot two inches and currently tips the scales at 270 pounds, said the University of South Dakota coaching staff was impressed with his size, strength, speed and quickness.

  “Coach [Meirerkort] said that the thing that sealed the deal for him was the film clip of me running down the ball after a bad overhead snap to the punter. He said that not many kids my size can cover that much ground so fast with such good form.”

   The Omaha Burke standout defensive lineman concluded his senior 2008 season by being selected: Lincoln Journal Star First Team Class A  All-State DL;  Lincoln Journal Star Second Team Super State DL; and a Omaha World-Herald First Team All-Metro DL.  He is currently ranked the 69th best defensive tackle in the country by ESPN and the 10th best prospect in Nebraska by Rivals.com.

   Despite the fact that Cummings fell in love with the Coyotes’ coaching staff and campus, his plans right now are to sit tight for a couple of weeks. “I have some D-I schools that are still contacting me,” Cummings said. Among the D-1 schools that are still in touch with him, Cummings mentioned that Nebraska and Kansas are his favorites. “I just want to keep my options open a little while longer before I commit,” he said.

   Cummings states that his immediate goal is to keep working hard in the gym and in school to get ready for the next level. “I already got my bench up to 390 pounds and I just broke the school’s clean record.   I am also shooting  to break the heavyweight’s school bench record of 415 pounds, before I get out of here.   My GPA is about 3.4.

   I am just working towards being the best football player and student that I can be.”

   The University of South Dakota is a Division I-AA school and they play in the Great West Conference. The Coyotes finished the 2008 season with an overall record of 6-5 .

Late News:  Burke’s Jake Marousek, a 6 foot two inch, 190 pound ATH, also received  a full ride offer from the University of South Dakota.  Marousek was an Omaha World-Herald First Team All-District selection and Honorable Mention All-State.

   Marousek also shines on the track. He finished third in last year’s Nebraska State Track Meet Class A 200 meter and he is expected to be among the top contenders for this year’s  gold medals  in the 100 and 200 meter sprints.

   We were unable to contact Marousek  for more  information about this past weekend’s visit to the University of South Dakota. Click here to see 2008 highlights of Marousek.

Related Links:
Lincoln Journal Star All-State Teams.

Lincoln Journal Star All-City Team.

Omaha World-Herald All-Metro Team

Omaha World-Herald All-State Teams


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Nice to see Cummings made first team all-state with Lincoln Star. He should of been first team with OWH too.

Nebraska should go ahead and offer him, he looks to have a lot of good stuff.

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