Former Alpena lineman Cummins signs with Hanover

Christopher Cummins, a former Alpena High School lineman, recently signed with Hanover College to play football.

Cummins was a four-year player for the Wildcats with two years of varsity experience.

“I really just applied to a whole bunch of different colleges and I got a letter from the coach saying they were interested in signing me,” Cummins said.

Cummins received an academic scholarship to attend Hanover. As of now, he is uncertain what role he will fill on the team. He will study kinesiology and integrating physiology in hopes of becoming a physical therapist.

Hanover College is a private college that was founded in 1827. It is located near Hanover, Ind. and is a Division 3 school. Hanover itself is a small town of just over 3,500 people, creating a personable atmosphere that likely mimics Alpena.

“The atmosphere was really good. They have a great campus and the (football) coach was a really nice guy. There were a lot of things going into (why I chose Hanover) but the atmosphere of the campus and the town were huge factors,” Cummins said.

The easiest aspect of choosing Hanover College was the signing process.

“They just sent me some information on things I should do to get ready. It was this information packet on what I needed to do and the things I had to prepare in order to play for them. It was an incredibly simple process,” Cummins said.

Cummins was both an offensive and defensive lineman for Alpena, though he primarily picked up time on the offensive side of the ball. He recorded 2 1/2 tackles during the 2012 season.

Hanover College has several notable alumni. Actor Woody Harrelson is perhaps the most famous person to graduate from Hanover, although various Indiana politicians and the 21st US vice president, Thomas Hendricks, are alums.

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