Meet the Freshmen: DT Darius Commissiong

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We continue our "Meet the Freshmen" series today with the first of two high school teammates to commit and sign with the Jackets.

In late May of 2012, Commissiong became Tech's fourth commitment for its 2013 class, and the third in eight days. He was the first of six defensive commitments, and his commitment to Tech was replicated by a high school teammate only ten days later (but more on that tomorrow). He was a consensus three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout, 247, and ESPN, and while he wasn't looked at as a major national prospect, he is certainly a solid player with potential to develop into a real stud.

Commissiong measures in at 6'2" and weighs in at 285 lbs -- getting towards an ideal body size for a defensive tackle (although a few more pounds being added in college won't hurt). His film shows that he's very quick as defensive tackles go -- he can very quickly rush the passer and close in on a ballcarrier. He also uses his hands very well in both shedding blocks and wrapping up to tackle. Overall he's a very athletic, versatile defensive tackle who could very well end up moving to play strong-side defensive end.

As nice as it is to have an athletic, versatile defensive tackle, it does come at a price. His smaller stature could end up in Commissiong being overpowered against larger offensive linemen. "Power" would tend to be a little more valuable in the defensive tackle spot than "speed and agility", which is my concern about him playing at 285 lbs. Don't get me wrong, I love a speedy tackle and think they can create chaos for the interior linemen across from them -- but I also worry that some road-grading, downhill running teams would be his undoing.

Do you like what you see from Commissiong? Does he look more like a defensive tackle or defensive end to you?

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