For Gridiron’s lates Diamond in the Rough candidate we spoke with Biloxi High School MLB Jayce Cummings. Jayce is class of 2024 and will be going into his 4th year on varsity this next season. Jayce mainly plays MLB but will line up on the edge during certain times of the game. Jayce is 6’2 210 LBS, he has a max bench of 220 LBS, a max squat of 300 LBS, and a max power clean of 230 LBS. His coach has described him as a leader on the field who never wants to stop working. Jayce has a 3.3 GPA and mentioned that he loves to give back to his community as much as possible.
When did you start playing football?
“I started when I was 8 years old with the D’Iberville youth football league.”
What is your favorite thing about football?
“I love that it is a team sport that creates human interaction with others, along with it just being fun to play.”
What is something you have learned playing football?
“I have learned the value of teamwork and friendship. I have made lots of friends playing this game. I also have learned how to be physically and mentally strong, and how to make quick decisions.”
Do you play any other sports?
“Yes I have been a triathlete for two years now, I play basketball and track along with football.”
Who is you favorite college football team?
“I would have to say the Mississippi St Bulldogs.”
Who is your favorite NFL Team?
“For me I have three teams that I really enjoy watching the Saints, Vikings, and Jets.”
What is your best skillset as a player?
“Being coachable and being physical on the field.”
Is there a player that you try to emulate your game after?
“I have always loved watching Luke Kuechly because of how smart he is on the field. I also love watching Lawrence Taylor plays because of how he evades blockers and causes havoc in the backfield.”
Who is your role model?
“I would have to say my dad because of how much he has been there for me, pushing me to achieve my goals.”
What has been your best football memory so far?
“My 8th grade season I was still somewhat new to the game, and I blitzed down the middle and not only tackled the QB I took down the running back as well!”
How do you prepare for a game?
“For me I just try to relax. I like to put some headphones on and listen to motivational speakers.”
What sets you apart from others?
“My ability to listen to the coach and do whatever he asks. I will do whatever is asked of me while having a good attitude.”
What is being a good teammate to you?
“To me that is sticking up for them on the field, helping them understand something if they aren’t getting it, and keeping them in check if they are acting out of line.”
What is the hardest part about football?
“The hardest part is getting all of our teammates to buy into one common goal, and to get everyone to put the same amount of effort in to get there.”
Do you have any superstitions of rituals before a game?
“Not really, I just try to stay humble and true to myself.”