Chance are, you've never heard of Hackett Cummins.

His name isn't a household one like Peyton Manning or Odell Beckham Jr. or Randy Livingston or Sean Tuohy or any of the other greats that starred at Isidore Newman School.

The sport Cummins plays isn't quite as popular either.

But Cummins is doing his part to help change that.

Cummins is a senior lacrosse player at Newman and paving the way in the sport.

He signed with Furman University in a ceremony Friday and one of the first lacrosse players from the state  (some believe he is the very first) to sign with a Division I program.

"It's overwhelming, to say the least," said Cummins.

If Cummins could have had things his way, there wouldn't have been a big ceremony for his signing.

He prefers being out of the spotlight.

But he knew that a ceremony would help promote the sport.

"The sport is growing pretty rapidly," Newman coach Aaron Burns said. "I think people love the sport once they get around it. And some people are concerned about injuries in other sports, and it leads them to lacrosse."

Count Cummins among the one who fell in love with it once he got around it.

He was around 10 or 11 years old at the time.

His father, Kett Cummins, had suggested it to him before.

"At first I said no," Cummins said. "I just wanted to play what everyone else was playing."

But then one summer Cummins attended a sports camp in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and played lacrosse for the first time.

"I remember him saying, 'They let you hit kids with sticks," recalled Cummins father.

Well, that's really not what lacrosse is about, but it was enough to get Cummins hooked.

"He loved it from Day 1," said Holly McKenzie, Cummins' mom.

He's been at it ever since.

"As I started playing the sport, it made me step out of my comfort zone," Cummins said. "Ultimately, it helped me grow as a person because I played the sport, but nobody knew what it was. It made me go against the norm a little bit, and that helped me build character."

He started off playing with the Carrollton Boosters Lacrosse League under the tutelage of program director and coach Doug Mills. Then he spent three summers with the Team Louisiana Elite showcase club team.

It was there when he began to see his progress in the sport.

"I knew I was OK here (in New Orleans)," Cummins said. "When I started traveling and started having success there, I thought I was pretty good at it."

Newman formed its team a year ago and begins its second season Sunday.

Cummins, a crease defenseman, is expected to be a big part of the team's success once again. He led the Greenies in every defensive statistical category as a junior on his way to earning all-district and all-state honors last season by the Louisiana High School Lacrosse League, the governing body for the sport.

"What stands out about him is his determination and work ethic," said Burns. "He has tremendous stick skills, and he's a big strong kid. He has the body you see guys with who play up in New Jersey and Maryland where you have the guys who are linebacker size. You typically don't see that in a market like New Orleans, but Hackett has both the skills and the size."

He's 6-foot-1 inches and weighs 220 pounds. He uses that size as an offensive and defensive lineman for the Newman football team as well.

But his love is lacrosse, which is why as soon as football practice ended, he would rush over to practice lacrosse with his club team. It's why he spent so many hours in his backyard practicing. (The proof is in the several windows he broke at his house over the years.) When he wasn't playing, he was spending hours watching YouTube videos of lacrosse, looking to fine-tune his game.

"It's hard to get exposed to the game down here, so I did anything I could to try to learn more," Cummins said. "I just did anything I could to be around the game as much as I could. I have worked really hard to get here and I feel like I've earned it."

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