Toney Collins has all the tools to be a big-time cornerback at the next level. The Lake Worth, FL talent has size (6-0, 170), speed (4.4 40 time) and that’s not all. He says his instincts complement his athleticism.
“My athleticism and my way to find the ball are my best qualities.”
Now he hopes he can find a college home as easily as he finds interceptions.
Collins is not at all close to making a decision and is still narrowing down
which schools and college towns he’d like to visit. Chapel Hill is one
location on his mind.
“I’m in the process of setting up a visit with North Carolina, for
around November 15th. I also want to visit Minnesota, Florida, Kansas State,
Collins says he currently doesn’t have a specific leader, but a couple
of schools have been very consistent in their recruiting of him.
“I’m keeping my options open for the time being. North Carolina is
though. They’re pretty good. They call me a lot, like once a week. Rutgers
Collins also thinks highly of Kansas – especially KU’s academics.
“They’ve got a good program, and a good academic program with good
Academics, coaching and a strong athletic department are all important attributes
of Collins ideal college home. A close location to his current home in Florida
is not of great importance.
“Basically, I don’t care if it’s far away from home, but it
has to have a good background in athletics, academics, and a strong coaching
Playing time in his freshman season is also a factor that Collins will strongly
consider. It might be the most important one.
“I’ll look at how many starters that they need, how many backups
have and how many red-shirt freshmen too. I don’t want to go in and red-shirt
my first year. I want to get in and play. I want to go in and be starting with
a new program, clean cut and make something happen.”
With such an emphasis on playing time, some lesser established programs might
have the leg up on Collins. This race is wide open for now though and Collins
doesn’t expect to make a decision before January.
Cornerback Prospect: Toney Collins
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