Collins Gives K-State High Marks

MANHATTAN, Kan. - One way to establish yourselves in the minds of elite recruits is to be the first school to offer. That's exactly what Kansas State did with class of 2014 prospect, Cedric Collins II, a cornerback out of Dallas Skyline High School. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Collins started as a freshman at the Texas powerhouse and was named was a sophomore All-American last season.

"Kansas State offered me the summer after my freshman season," said Cedric Collins. "Coach (Michael) Smith is my recruiter. They like my confidence and how well I can play man coverage. I was down there for their Junior Day a few months ago. It was really nice. I got to talk with all of the coaches. It felt like they have a good family atmosphere. I was there with my Mom and Dad. They both really liked it."

As a sophomore, Collins helped lead Skyline to the Class 5A state semi-finals 40 tackles, with four interceptions, and 20 pass deflections. He's hoping to add to his reputation as a lock-down corner as a junior.

"The spring started off a little slow," he said, "but I picked up my game, especially for our spring game. I'm working on improving my ball skills and on run support. I'm really trying to improve my overall game because I want to be great."

Collins is well on his way to being considered great. He already has 12 offers from Baylor, Kansas State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Houston, and SMU.

"I'm being very selective at the school's I'm looking at," Collins said. "I want to take my time and find the right place for me but I don't want to hold out too long either. I want to go to a school with a family atmosphere on both the campus and in the town. It's important for me to have a good relationship with my position coach who I'm going to be working with. I want someone who's going to push me."

This summer Collins has made unofficial visits to Nebraska and Notre Dame and camped at Baylor and LSU. He said the school he hears from the most is Ole Miss but talks regularly with all of the schools recruiting him. That number is likely to grow during his junior year and the Wildcat staff will have their work cut out for them but they hope that initial offer will resonate in Collins' mind on Signing Day 2014.

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