Pitt is still looking to add a big, athletic wide receiver for this recruiting class and Karam Cummings fits that profile.
The backstory to Cummings is an interesting one because he’s never played varsity football.
Up until now he’s been a basketball player at Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia. However, a month ago, The 6-foot-4, 185 pound Cummings had a conversation with Imhotep Charter star safety Tykee Smith, who convinced him that he could be a star playing football.
Cummings has been working out with the team and opening some eyes. In fact, yesterday Cummings picked up a Power Five offer from Baylor.
Last weekend, Imhotep Charter had a weekend team camp that some colleges attended, including Pitt, and the Panthers now are showing interest in Cummings.
“Coach Cory Sanders contacted me and wanted to find things out like what my GPA was and wanted to know if I planned on playing basketball or football in college and I told him football,” said Cummings.
“I played football in ninth grade but then just played basketball after that. My teammate Tykee Smith was just talking with me and telling me how I could go big if I played football and the football coaches also told me that I could do big things so I’m taking a chance. It’s obviously a big decision.”
Some players work their entire career to try and earn a Power Five offer. Cummings is skilled enough to receive that offer after just working out for over a month. It makes you wonder what he can develop into after devoting him to football for an entire season.
— Coach Rick Prete (@ImhotepOC) June 23, 2018
He different ???? https://t.co/N4UNpDKHIe
— 2k (@TykSmith) June 23, 2018
“Getting that first offer from a big school like that was great it just motivates you to work harder.”
Cummings will be playing on a team this season full of major talent as both safety Tykee Smith and wide receiver Yusuf Terry will eventually sign with Power Five programs.
It will be interesting to see if this initial interest from Pitt in Cummings develops into anything.