Noles Offer Dade County RB

With the possibility of Florida State losing <b>Leon Washington</b> a year early for the NFL, there's a chance that the Noles could sign two running backs for the Class of 2005. In addition to <b>Maurice Wells</b>, and <b>Antone Smith</b>, the Noles have recently offered a third running back from the Sunshine State.

Conredge Collins, a bruising 5-foot-11 and 220 pound running back from Miami (Fla.) Monsignor Pace, has multiple offers, including his two favorite teams growing up in Miami and Florida State.

I just got offered by Miami yesterday," Collins, who is the son of former New England Patriot running back Tony Collins, said. "Florida State offered a few days ago. My written offers are from North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Iowa."

Collins told the that his top two schools are Miami and Florida State followed by Ohio State and Michigan.

"Miami has a slight edge over Florida State because it's in my backyard," he said. "Its home. It seems like all the backs in the NFL from Miami are very successful. I've liked Florida State every since I was a kid. They have a good program."

What does Collins bring to the table?

"I have a lot of power and my vision helps me," he said. "I break a lot of tackles because of my lower body strength. Some people compare my running style to Jamal Lewis."

The main factor Collins' decision will be early playing time. He's going to take a close look at each of his favorite team's depth chart.

As a junior he was selected to the all-state team by rushing for 1.800 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Next week Collins will unofficially visit North Carolina State.

"My father has some business up there so we're going to check out North Carolina State," he said.

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