The top 2014 cornerback prospect Cedric Collins has committed to Texas A&M.
The Dallas native told 247sports.com only a few days ago that he liked five teams, with that shortlist ultimately cut down to a trio of finalists in Baylor, Nebraska and Texas A&M.
At 5'10" and 175 pounds, Collins has good size and has earned rave reviews, he already ranked as a high 4-star prospect by 247sports.com.
Most believe he will be a 5-star prospect next year.
The Skyline product has been an elite prospect for a while and this scouting report from www.burntorangenation.com is helpful:
"Cedric Collins was the recruit I was most excited about seeing. When Rivals has a recruiting page and video of you before your sophomore season, you're a pretty elite recruit..."
Collins drew the tough match-up of Jake Oliver, and was left alone against Oliver on an island for much of the game...Collins only made one dynamic play all night when he swiped away a touchdown catch from Oliver, but he took away one side of the field and eliminated Jesuit's best player. He is a shut down corner, has all the skills and understands all the little nuisances of playing cornerback...
"He had the strength to jam Oliver and the recovery speed to stay with him. He has a very strong, thick base which gives him a good jarring punch on receivers at the line of scrimmage. He can run with anybody...
"Collins listed height of 5'10" and weight of 170 pounds both looked accurate. If he can grow to 6 feet, he will likely be the top ranked corner in the country as a senior. Must get for Texas. Thank goodness Skyline is a pipeline school."
That report was from last year, but Taylor Hamm of 247sports.com said this more recently:
"Burst onto the scene as a freshman earning 9-5A Defensive Newcomer of the Year honors after picking off five passes; has been on the Aggie’s radar since his freshman year; natural cover corner with a ton of football knowledge; will decide his college destination between A&M, Nebraska and TCU before the start of the season; Aggies are the heavy favorite."
It seems that Skyline has done very well producing cornerbacks in recent years; in fact, Will Barrow is a 2013 prospect who has already given his verbal commitment to Texas Tech.
The 2013 recruiting class was a special one for prospects in the secondary, and Collins has the chance to be one of the top players in the 2014 class.
Shane Morris is a great example of how getting a player early in the recruiting game can attract some very good players, and I think Collins is the type of talent whose presence will force other recruits to follow suit.
Some may think that Collins is a little on the small side, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him reach the 6'0" mark and weight 190 pounds when he becomes a college player.
Vernon Hargreaves is the top 2013 cornerback and he has very similar measurements compared to Collins, with the main difference being that he has a 10-pound weight advantage.
Mackensie Alexander is another top 2013 cornerback recruit and he has almost identical measurements as Collins despite being a year older. Alexander is still uncommitted.
People sometimes undervalue the cornerback position, but it's unusual to see a highly recruited one fail at the college level.
There is a reason that teams don't like fitting them into the gameplan too much as freshman, but if Collins develops as expected, the coaching staff may have no choice.
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