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Sunday, November 18, 2012
DT Cummings makes switch to UF

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Junior college defensive tackle Darious Cummings (Titusville, Fla./East Mississippi CC) has switched his verbal commitment from Ole Miss to Florida after taking his official visit to UF this weekend.

The 6-foot-3, 292-pound lineman, who previously signed with Florida State in 2010 before transferring to EMCC, also had offers from Mississippi State, Arkansas and Texas A&M. Cummings will enroll in January and be a redshirt junior next season for the Gators.

Cummings, who is close friends with Florida defensive tackle Damien Jacobs, said Florida was just a perfect fit for him.

"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?"

Cummings said Florida coach Will Muschamp was excited when he told him he was switching his commitment to the Gators.

"Coach Muschamp was like 'let’s get it done.' He says now that he knows I'm coming, he says theres some guys he can back off of a little bit now," Cummings said. "Like he said it all starts with the defensive line and he just found the missing piece of his puzzle that he's been waiting on."

Cummings said Florida fans can expect to get a player who is set on winning.

"Florida will get a player with high energy that's never going to give up, that's going to always play for his teammates," he said. "A player that's going to put it on the line every game, every down for 60 minutes and four quarters. I'm a more mature player and I have my eye set on winning and everyone's goal is to make it to the next level."

Cummings was ranked as a four-star prospect and No. 130 overall coming out of high school. He totaled 28 tackles, including three tackles and one forced fumble this year for EMCC.

With the addition of Cummings, the Gators now have 21 verbal commitments. Cummings joins four-star defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (Crescent City, Fla./Crescent City) as Florida's other defensive tackle commit.

The Gators have the No. 2-ranked recruiting class in the country.