CAMP: Another Collons in Berkeley

BERKELEY -- Kori Collons isn't as big as his father, but he's long, strong and has the eye of the California coaching staff.

BERKELEY -- Kori Collons has some history with California. The Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit prospect's father -- Ferric Collins -- played defensive end for the Golden Bears, and then six years in the NFL for the New England Patriots. The younger Collons has followed in his father's footsteps as a defensive end, but several schools are looking at him at several other positions.

The Cal coaches, for instance, wanted to see how Collons worked at inside receiver, which, given his 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame, certainly looked like a good fit during seven-on-seven work.

"I do a little bit of wherever I'm needed; it doesn't matter," Collons said after his first at at Cal's full-contact camp, where he played outside linebacker and inside receiver. "Until today, [Cal] hadn't really talked to me about playing receiver. I'm just working this weekend and we'll see what happens. I play a lot of tight end in school."

Linebackers coach Garret Chachere also had Collons work out at linebacker.

"I wanted to come out here and see what I could do," said Collons, who also got coached up by defensive line coach Fred Tate.

Collons still thinks of himself as a defensive end, but said that he would "learn how to play linebacker, if that's where I'm needed," and the same goes for being an inside receiver.

"I'm just going to adapt," he said.

Collons made several acrobatic catches, and was a physical mismatch for whatever defender he came up against. He still has to learn some of the finer points of route running, but the physical tools are certainly impressive. While rated as a two-star defensive end, it would behoove Collons to focus on the offensive side of the ball, or linebacker, as he continues to develop. He has a wide frame and is well-muscled, but it's unlikely he gets to the 260-pound range he'd need to be at to be a defensive lineman at the next level. Instead, he profiles as a taller Jason Gibson -- a defensive end in high school, who is, in reality, an outside linebacker in college.

Collons wants to be at about 215 pounds by the time the season comes around.

"Basketball and track really messed with my weight," said Collons, who played center on the hardwood this last season, averaging between seven and eight rebounds a game, and two blocked shots.

In track, Collons – who had thrown over 120 feet in the discus two springs ago – gave up the throws to concentrate on his explosion, and he now has triple jumped 39 feet, though in practice, he got it up to 42 feet.

The Bears haven't talked offer yet, but Oregon, Duke, Purdue, Northwestern and Stanford have been sniffing around. Collons attended the Cardinal's camp on Thursday.

Collons had a 3.5 GPA last year, and got an 1870 on his last SAT try. Top Stories