High-Profile Programs Checking Out Defender

A strong senior season is giving this football prospect looks from major colleges such as Auburn.

Opelika, Ala.--Although he was flying below radar on on the recruiting screens of most colleges for most of the season, college coaches have found out about a talented linebacker and defensive back out of Opelika High.

Montavian Collier, a 6-3, 215-pounder, was known as a basketball player for the Bulldogs until his senior season. He is still playing hoops and is a good player, but football looks to be his ticket to a major college.

Collier took his first official recruiting visit this weekend to Auburn and said, "I liked it."

When asked what stood out, he said, "I tried a jersey on with my name on my back. I liked that."

Senior defensive end Reggie Torbor served as his player host. He also spent time with former Opelika High standouts T.J. Jackson, a defensive lineman, and Lemarcus Rowell, a linebacker. "I met most of the players on the team," Collier said.

Montavian Collier

As would be expected, he took advantage of the opportunity to check out the basketball game at sold out Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum and said he enjoyed watching Auburn's 77-68 victory over Alabama. He had plenty of other activities on a busy Saturday. "We went on a tour of the campus and I visited with the academic counselors," he said. That evening he joined Auburn players, coaches and recruiting hosts and hostesses for a dinner at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Collier said he is scheduled to announce his college choice at a press conference on Feb. 3rd at Opelika High School, two days prior to national signing day. Auburn is also recruiting his teammate, fullback and defensive end Tez Doolittle, who visited Tennessee this past weekend.

Collier has more trips planned. "I have got a visit to Florida State next week and then one to Georgia," he said. That is not surprising considering he runs a 4.5 40 and showed last fall that he is not afraid of contact.

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