After verbally committing to the Pirates before National Signing Day 2015, junior college defensive tackle Darius Commissiong made it official last week when he signed a national letter of intent to ECU. The Pirates recruited the former Georgia Tech defensive lineman out of high school when he graduated in the class of 2013 from Bishop McNamara in District Heights, Md.
Last Thursday the relationship became official with a signature. Commissiong mentioned his visit in January helped him solidify the decision.
“I went on my official visit the week before signing day and I just loved the atmosphere (at ECU),” said the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Commissiong. “Being around the coaches and seeing how genuine they were made it an easier decision.”
Commissiong signed with ECU over offers from Georgia State, Iowa State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Miss and Troy, among others. His late addition to the class plays into a recent narrative for the Pirates who have added a recruit after signing day in the last three classes now.
At Iowa Western, Commissiong wore number 98 on the field. A conversation with ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill during his visit should change that number for him in the Purple and Gold next season.
“At the end of my visit I talked to coach Ruff and he asked me what he had to do for me to say yes to (ECU),” said Commissiong. “I said I wanted number eight and he said he could do that. I still would have committed had he said no.”
Through 11 games last season at Iowa Western, Commissiong recorded 63 tackles, three sacks and one interception. When he arrives at ECU he could step in and become a key cog on a defensive front with high expectations moving forward.
If all bodes well for Commissiong he could join his future teammates in time for the fall with three years of eligibility remaining.
“Right now I'm finishing up some online classes,” he said. “In the next couple of months I'll be working out to get my body right for the season. I should be joining the team in July close to the beginning of camp.”
Expect Commissiong to hit the ground running for ECU come July.