Darius Commissiong holds double-digit offers

Darius Commissiong hold 11 offers and a lion's share are from competing schools within the ACC. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound interior lineman played his first season as a junior at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Md. after transferring from DeMatha Catholic High School.

"My ACC offers are from Maryland, Boston College, UVA, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia Tech, and Syracuse," said Darius Commissiong.

"I've been to Wake Forest for Junior Day last month. This weekend I'm going to visit both North Carolina and N.C. State. I'll be going to Georgia Tech the following weekend. On [April] 14th I'll be visiting Michigan. I think they're close to offering. They said me visiting campus would play a big part in their decision."

Commissiong says his other three offers are from East Carolina, Iowa, and UMass. While eager to set out for more spring visits, Commissiong was fond of what he saw while in Winston-Salem.

"It was a nice trip," Commissiong stated. "I got a good feeling while I was there. I interacted well with the coaching staff. They have a nice campus. I looked into their Business School, which is what I want to study. It's ranked high, like top 10 nationally. I felt a bond with all of the coaches especially Coach Himebauch and Coach Mac.

"Wake Forest is recruiting me as an athlete. They see me playing on either side of the line. I like the state of North Carolina. It's a program I can see myself at for the next four years. I went down with my grandparents. They enjoyed it. They told me I wouldn't get lost in the shuffle there with the smaller class sizes."

Some coaches think Commissiong's future is defending the quarterback, but he says if given the choice he prefers to chase them.

"I like defense," Commissiong said. "Whether they want to use me inside or outside doesn't matter to me. I like getting into the backfield and rushing the passer. For my size, I have a quick first step. I'm good at the point of attack and use my hands well. Last season I averaged 12 sacks a game."

Commissiong says Bishop McNamara is the "better fit" for him although the Mustangs lost in a November game to his old school, DeMatha.

"We went 3-6, but lost a lot of close games," said Commissiong. "We basically have the same team coming back, so I think we'll be much improved next season. My goal is to be a team leader, help us get wins, and lead the league in sacks and tackles for loss.

"I decided not to play any sports this off-season. All I'm doing is working out and going on visits. I don't have any time-frame on making a decision. It may take awhile to narrow my choices, so I could hold off until signing day."

Commissiong was selected to compete in the U.S. Army Underclassman Combine in January. He was named 2011 Third Team All-Conference in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference for his play on the offensive line.

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