If you take a job on planning not to commute it might not work out that way just a reminder.
In the everchanging regional world be live in your only few safe bets are carriers like Expressjet, and eagle. They do not face as much competition from contract regionals like republic that shift assets to where the market and airlines need them. But Republic has a lot of bases all over the east coast and midwest you might not get on right away but sooner than you might think.
The one thing great about being based at home is well, guess where you will be when you do reserve. Probably out playing golf or fishing =) Try to do what Viper said delay the other class just in case.
I just finished training at ASA, on my first overnight today actually. ASA is a good place, Im happy I picked it, even with everything thats going on with Delta. As for commuting, I tried to commute from Nashville TN to ATL during training, Im moving to ATL next weekend if that tells you anything. I always got on a flight and made it there on time but at best it adds another half day to the beginning and end of your work week. Its just not for me.
Commuting is nothing short of horrible. I always leave myself a few options and luckily I'm commuting between 2 main hubs. Worst case is that it takes me 3 flights to get on one. The downside is 2 much time away from home. I miss my 3 yr old son more waaay to much. It's VERY expensive. When I have the flight time to be more competitive for good corporate jobs thats the direction I'm leaning towards. I want the max amount of time home to spend with my little boy. The airlines are fun, the flying is fun, I just didn't realize how much time I would be away from home as a commuter. If your single it probably want be as bad. Take that for what its worth.
Single or married, being away from family and friends still sucks!! I have the same plan as B-J-J Fighter hopefully it will happen soon. I have been screwed over more times than I care to count trying to commute. The best thing to do is take the job where you live or yo will hate life, especially if this is your first airline. Life will be stressful enough without the adde headache of commuting