Florida Gators football has added its second junior college transfer commitment in as many seasons, learning Sunday that former four-star defensive tackle Darious Cummings (Titusville, FL) decided to switch his pledge from Ole Mis and verbally commit to continuing his career in Gainesville, FL.
At 6’3” and 292 lbs., Cummings adds much needed size and explosiveness along the Gators’ defensive line. He will be able to play right away as he is spending the 2012 season playing for East Mississippi Community College after originally committing to play for Florida State out of high school.
Cummings is following the same path as junior defensive tackle Damien Jacobs, who also committed to FSU but played for EMCC last season before joining UF for the 2012 campaign. The two are close friends and will be able to finish their college football careers together in Gainesville.
Ranked as the 11th-best defensive end and 169th-player nationally by Rivals back in 2010, Cummings had gained nearly 50 lbs. since high school and is expected to contribute right away as a reserve.
“Now I’m a Florida Gator! #GladToBeBackHome,” he tweeted after committing. “It is a better fit for me and what’s I’m trying to get done in 2 years! To the #OleMissFam I would like to thank y’all for taking me in but I would also like to apologize, this is just a better fit! #ThankYou”
In multiple interviews he has conducted since committing, Cummings cited Florida’s coaching staff and its ability to get players prepared for the NFL as two important factors in his change of heart. He visited Gainesville for Saturday’s game against Jacksonville State and left knowing where he wanted to continue his career.
He is technically the 20th player to join the Gators’ 2013 recruiting class. Florida will also be receiving a transfer from 2011 four-star offensive lineman Tyler Moore (Clearwater, FL), who is spending 2012 attending St. Petersburg College and will also be eligible to play right away.