Commitment #7!

Iowa State's newest commit comes from very Southern roots, but he said he's ready for the brutally cold Iowa winters.

The ISU football team picked up its seventh known verbal commitment when James Collins made his intentions known.


Collins is a 6-foot, 228 pound linebacker from Mattie T Blount High School in Prichard, Alabama.


Florida, Florida State, Louisville and Alabama were also in the hunt for Collins, but after talking with Coach John Skladany Collins said he knew he'd be able to contribute at Iowa State.


"I never talked with the head coach until the day I committed," Collins said. "When I talked to him, I talked to him and another defensive coach on the phone and I talked to the head coach for like 10 minutes."


Last season Collins, who runs a 4.69 40-yard dash, had 79 tackles, two sacks and one interception. His high school has already started two-a-day practices and Collins said he thinks they'll field a good team.


"We were two games away from state last season and the year before we were one game away from state, so hopefully we can go to state this year," Collins said.


Collins has been to Iowa before and the change of climate was what he's looking for.


"I was born in Florida," he said. "I've lived in Alabama, Florida and Georgia all my life. I want to get a way from that."


Collins said he intends to play linebacker for Iowa State and describes his style as versatile.

"I think I can play the run very well," he said. "I'm a very good run stopper and I can play man, one-on-one and I can stop the pass. I play low to the ground and I think I have good instincts. I just will need to work on the new system, the plays and learning the defense."


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