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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Darius Paige finishes season, talks Tide

By Greg Ostendorf

HOOVER, Ala. -- It’s been a quite a year for ESPN 300 defensive tackle Darius Paige. He committed to the University of Alabama in May. He transferred high schools in August, and over the weekend he saw his senior season come to an end as Foley High School lost to Spain Park in the second round of the playoffs.

“My year was pretty good,” Paige said. “The [last] game was pretty tough. We had a few mishaps and slip-ups, and Spain Park just took it and ran with it.”

Despite the loss, Paige ended the season on a high note. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman finished with 10 tackles, five for a loss and one sack for the Lions.

“It was just practice,” Paige said. “I pushed myself, pushed myself, pushed my teammates, and you’ve got to leave everything out there on the field.”

With the season now over, Paige will turn his attention to getting himself ready for Alabama, both on the field and in the classroom. He says he’s still on track to graduate in June. To stay in shape, he plans to play basketball this winter.

Although he missed Saturday’s game, Paige has been to the majority of the Crimson Tide’s home games and plans to be in Tuscaloosa next weekend for the Iron Bowl. He visited last week for the Texas A&M game.

“It was pretty crazy,” he said. “It was down down to the wire, last quarter, last few seconds. I liked it. That [Johnny Manziel] is pretty good. He’s pretty quick, a quick little guy.”

On his visit, Paige met fellow Alabama defensive line commitment Jonathan Allen. It was Allen’s first game in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The two clicked right away, and Paige believes they can help each other out in the future.

“It feels pretty good,” he said. “If I need something or if I need help on the defensive line, I can just go to Jonathan, and he should have it for me.”

According to Paige, the only school he’s still hearing from is Louisville, but his commitment to Alabama remains solid.