One More Visit Planned For Defensive Prospect

This prospect considering the Auburn Tigers has one more official visit to make before choosing a college.

Opelika, Ala.--For Montavian Collier, this is a busy time. The Opelika High School senior is taking his final recruiting visit this weekend, he is scheduled to announce his college choice on Monday and he is also getting ready for postseason play in basketball.

The 6-3, 215-pounder is scheduled to check out the Georgia Bulldogs this weekend after taking a trip to FSU the previous weekend. His first official visit was to Auburn a week before going to FSU.

"My visit to FSU went good," Collier says. "I like all of the coaches and their defensive scheme." The Opelika High senior says he is not sure what his feelings are about the Georgia Bulldogs until he takes his visit there this weekend. Collier says his visit to Auburn was a very good one and that he is strongly considering the Tigers.

Montavian Collier

It has been an interesting senior year for Collier, who is averaging 14 points per game for what is one of the better basketball teams Opelika High has had in recent years under the direction of former Auburn University player Mike Pugh. Basketball has been his main sport throughout high school, however, with several OHS coaches prodding him after his junior year, he decided to return to the football field and quickly showed that was his best sport even though he had not played since his freshman year in high school.

Playing a rover position, Collier produced 74 tackles and intercepted four passes, taking one the distance for a touchdown. He also caused three fumbles and showed that he was a physical competitor the first day he returned to the football last spring. Collier says he enjoys the big hits and the contact portion of the game.

He says that he would have kept playing football after his ninth grade year, but notes, "They wanted to put me at defensive end and I wanted to play cornerback or somewhere else in the secondary."

Collier is scheduled to announce his college choice at 1:30 p.m. 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 is scheduled to announce his college choice at the same time.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Although he is not real tall, Collier is a big-time leaper and that allows him to play small forward and power forward in basketball for the Class 6A Opelika Bulldogs. "I have a 37-inch vertical, " Collier says. "My fastest 40-time 4.49."


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