Is Cummings Planning on Making Visits?

Florida State commitment Darius Cummings is becoming one of the most heavily recruited players in the nation as schools continue to offer him even though he has been committed for quite a while. NoleDigest caught up with Darius to get the latest with him, and to see if he is still planning on making visits.

Darius Cummings has been a Florida State commitment since last summer as he made his decision after attending FSU's summer camp. Since then Darius has seen his recruitment and interest from other programs increase even though he's been committed for nearly a year.

Programs from all over like Cummings' athleticism and ability to either line up as a defensive end or defensive tackle on the next level. The 3A All-State performer had 81 tackles, with 15 for loss and 10 sacks as a junior. After early offers from FSU, Florida and USC, Darius says he's nearing 50 offers.

"Recruiting, man, has been really good," said the Astronaut High standout. "When it first started I had like 8 or 9 offers from some big schools, but then it has blown up to around 50 offers. I made my commitment to FSU early because I knew that is where I wanted to go, but since then it has been overwhelming because these schools are coming at me harder because of the commitment."

Darius made his commitment after standing out at the Bowden Camp last year. He said he knew FSU was going to be his choice, thus he wanted to make it known he wanted to be a Nole so he could be the "bell cow" of the class.

"A school like FSU offers me everything I wanted, do I made my decision," explained Cummings. "Now I can go out and just recruit kids for us and help bring them in. Lately I have been talking a lot to Ed Christian, Telvin Smith, J.R. Ferguson, Jeff Luc, Christian Jones, Marcus Lattimore and Brandon Willis. Ego Ferguson may be coming to my school which would be cool. Telvin has told me FSU is his leader, and Christian says he knows about FSU because his family played there. Brandon really likes FSU and Jeff is just reserved in what he says."

After he made his commitment Darius said that he had planned on making visits, and about a month ago he still had intended on going through with those plans. After a conversation with Odell Haggins it looks like those plans have come to a halt.

"Right now I am not going to be taking visits," Cummings said. "I need to talk to Coach Haggins again but if he doesn't want me to take them I won't. Early on I was going to, and a while back I still had planned on it, but Coach called me and told me it was important to him that being the first commitment it was important I set the example and be the guy Jacobbi McDaniel was for the last class. He feels that buy doing that I will show the rest of the recruits FSU is a good choice and that they do a great job. Thinking about it makes sense and I am not upset at all about it. I see where he is coming from."

A few weeks ago Darius measured in at 6'2 ½" and 255 pounds when he was at the Nike camp. Right now it is still up in the air if he'll move inside at FSU or stay as an end in college.

"My weight dropped down to about 240 but I have been working hard in the gym to add weight to my upper body," stated Cummings. "Coach Haggins told me that it is up to me and how I grow this year if I play defensive tackle or end. If I stay at this height and get to about 275 I will move inside, but if I get taller and keep the weight I am now I will play defensive end."

After having a standout season in tack (he made regionals in the shot put and discus) Darius is turning his attention to spring ball. He did get an invite to the Army All-American game, but he says he is waiting to see if the UnderArmour Game wants him because of its proximity to his home.

Don't look for Darius to make any visits other than to combines and FSU's Bowden and Showtime Camp. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Darius, as well as the rest of the recruits from the 2010 recruiting class.

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