K-State targets one of Florida's best

Conredge Collins might be one of the best, if not the best running back out of Florida, and K-State is on his trail, as well as 10 other programs that have already offered this bruising 220 pound prospect.

His coach says he will be one of the best, if not the best running back in Florida next season.

And judging by the 10 offers that have rolled in for Miami's Monsignor Pace High's Conredge Collins, others might believe that as well.

"We saw it in him since the day he came here," Pace coach Joe Zaccheo said. "He's worked hard to develop his speed and agility to go with his size. He has big hands to catch the ball. He can play all downs. There's no reason to ever take him out of the game on certain situations.

"He's big enough to run over you, and fast enough to run around you."

Last season the 5-foot-11 210 pound Collins rushed for 1,800 yards 20 touchdowns and his coach hopes he can eclipse the 2,000 mark as a senior. Collins is the son of former New England Patriots running back Tony Collins.

"It's going to be tougher on him because the word is out on him," Zaccheo said. "They all know about him and will be keying on him this season. But he's improved and worked hard to counter what defenses will do on him."

Collins, who participated in a Nike camp three weeks ago, has interest from Kansas State, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Iowa, and Ohio State. All have offered, other than K-State, Ohio State, and Michigan.

However, Collins recently told TheInsiders that his top two are Miami and Florida State, followed by Ohio State and Michigan.

Zaccheo said he wants Collins, who runs a 4.50 40-yard dash, to work on his blocking skills, but declined to refer to it as a weakness.

"He does well with that," he said. "But I want him to become a devastating blocker. It's a matter of doing all the things well even when the ball isn't in his hands, a solid back in all facets of his game."

But while the recruiting process continues, Zaccheo said he's not going to try to influence Collins' decision, but rather be there for guidance through everything that comes in for his prized ‘back.

"I tell them to take all their visits," he said. "We try to teach the kids on how to look and what to look for on their visits and on their visits, not just the party they'll through for them there.

"It's a challenging deal to handle because once you remove these kids' body armor as some like to compare it to, they're kids that still like candy and ice cream as much as anyone else, so you have to be very careful with them and what is said to them."


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