Commitment Spotlight: Darius Paige

Darius Paige, defensive tackle from Washington High School in Pensacola, Fla., gave a surprise commitment this weekend to the University of Alabama. The Sunshine State prospect reports scholarship more than a dozen scholarship offers. The 6-foot-4, 292-pounder is a perfect fit for the Tide's defense. Paige talked with Andrew Bone about his college decision.

"Alabama offered me back in January at their Junior Day," said Darius Paige. "I have 16 offers right now. I have offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Florida, USF, Kentucky, Louisville and UConn.

The elite prospect saw no reason for delaying an announcement when the 2011 BCS National Champions were ready to accept his verbal pledge.

"The coaches [Alabama] called one of my coaches," Paige said. "They were saying they were ready for me to go ahead and commit. I thought about it and decided to go ahead with my decision."

Paige talked about his reasons for choosing the Crimson Tide.

"They are a winning program," he said. "It's pretty close to home. I went up to their spring game. I really like it up there. I like their facilities and their stadium."

Paige was recruited by Alabama assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt. He plans to return to Tuscaloosa in June for summer camp.

Paige also did not go unnoticed by other high schools in the Panhandle. He had 97 tackles in 2011, 32 tackles for loss, three sacks and three forced fumbles.

"I am good at clogging up holes and chasing down plays," he said. "I want to work on my second move when I come off the ball."

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