Darious Cummings Commits to Florida: Will This Be 4-Star JUCO DL's Final Stop?
Will Muschamp and the Florida Gators have received a very important commitment in 4-star JUCO defensive lineman Darious Cummings, but will this be his final stop?
For the record, Florida is now the third school that Cummings has committed to since enrolling at Florida State back in August of 2010.
To be fair, the circumstances haven't necessarily played out in his favor—injury forced him to transfer to East Mississippi Community College—but it is worth noting that he was committed to Ole Miss before he flipped to Florida during his official visit this past weekend.
Is Florida the end of the road for the 4-star defensive lineman? At least according to his quotes via Derek Tyson of ESPN Recruiting Nation, Cummings seems sold on the Florida program:
"Not to take anything away from Ole Miss and not to take away anything from any other schools that showed interest in me, but Florida is top of the line," Cummings said. "The resources that they have and the way that they take care of their football players is second to none, I can honestly say.
"The coaching staff with Coach DQ [Dan Quinn] and Coach BY [Bryant Young], with those two right there, you have a future Hall of Famer and a coach that has coached in the NFL for 10 plus years. It doesn't get any better than that.
"Then a chance for me to come in and possibly even start at the University of Florida with the majority of the defense coming back, who could make it the national championship -- who wouldn't want that? Who wouldn't take that opportunity?"
It appears as if Cummings has finally found a home, and the Gators should be very happy to be receiving his commitment.
Will Cummings finish his college career at Florida?
He's 6'2'', 301 pounds, so he obviously has great size, but he's also very talented. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, he's the No. 8 JUCO player in the country. If he can stay healthy, Cummings should be a very important part of Florida's defensive line rotation, and he'll add some much needed depth. He'll have two seasons of eligibility left according to Luke Stampini of 247Sports, and he'll enroll in January.
As far as him flipping again, the odds seem rather unlikely.
Cummings if from Titusville, Fla.—just under three hours away from Gainsville—and considering all that Florida has to offer from a football standpoint, I don't see him flipping away one more time.
Sure, it's always something a coaching staff needs to think about when getting a player who has jumped around before, but when you factor in the amount of eligibility Cummings has left, plus what he can accomplish at Florida, the odds of him flipping away before enrolling in January are extremely small.
Not only will he get to be a part of a defense that's currently giving up just 11.7 points per game this season, but Muschamp and his staff have rebuilt the Florida program back to an elite level.
Florida will undoubtedly be one of the national powers in college football for the foreseeable future, and that should be enough to keep Cummings committed to the Gators.
Cummings and Florida are a good fit, and even though the 4-star defensive lineman has a history of changing his mind, I'm confident in saying that he will finish his career with the Florida Gators.
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