Pirates Lead For JUCO DL

Three-star Iowa Western C.C. defensive lineman Darius Commissiong received an offer from East Carolina recently and quickly named the Pirates his leader. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about his interest.

Darius Commissiong is a guy who is ready to contribute at the Division I level for any program he lands at. After all, he did play one year at Georgia Tech before starting his most recent season at Iowa Western Community College.

ECU recruited him out of high school and has continued to show interest now that he’s at the JUCO level. The Pirates became his most recent offer in November.

“I got a call from (defensive line) coach Marc Yellock telling me I had an offer to play defensive end at ECU,” said the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Commisiong. “He wants me to come play right away, which is something that excites me. To be a factor on the field right away would be awesome.”

After receiving the offer from the Pirates, Commissiong quickly named them leaders in his interest. The strength in the relationship between the two sides stems from familiarity, ECU was the second offer he received in high school before he graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in District Heights, Maryland with the class of 2013 to attend Georgia Tech.

Proximity plays another role in his current interest in ECU.

“I also named ECU leader because of the fact that it isn’t too far from home,” said Commissiong. “I’m from Washington D.C. which is only a four hour drive from there. I know if I ever needed to come home I would have no problem hopping in the car and making the trip.”

Commissiong mentioned he has only been to ECU one time and it was with family, not an official recruiting visit. His goal is to set up a visit once the dead period is over and he can talk with coach Yellock again. Southern Mississippi is another school that would like him to visit next week, but he doesn’t know if he’ll make the trip.

From a JUCO recruit standpoint, Commissiong is a perfect candidate for ECU to add to its 2015 class especially since he can make an immediate impact with the loss of senior nose tackle Terry Williams. The difference in his recruitment compared to the traditional class right now is he doesn’t have to make up his mind until May.

Other schools to offer Commissiong include Idaho, Georgia State and Middle Tennessee State, he is also receiving interest from California, Illinois, Iowa State Minnesota, and Missouri. Even if new offers come in he believes ECU will be in strong consideration until May. The decision on a school will be based on how he feels during his visits and which is the best fit.

Commissiong is ready to get back on the field at the Division I level and he is focused on working hard to do so.

“I feel like you can never be too polished on technique,” said Commisiong. “The greatest attribute I have is pass rushing. I want to work hard before I’m back on the field and hopefully put on ten more pounds so I’m closer to 290. Improving my body and getting stronger is important.”

Scout rates Commissiong as the nation’s 77th best junior college prospect in the nation.

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