Collins locks in with Tigers

Fortier defensive end Tory Collins continued to visit schools after verbally committing to LSU, but he locked up his promise with a letter of intent to the Tigers.

Vital Data: Collins was a four-year starter for Alcee Fortier High School and was chosen the defensive Most Valuable Player after his junior season. The Fortier Tarpons finished 7-4 in his senior year in which he recorded 80 tackles with eight sacks.


Fortier coach Robert Welch considers Collins one of the best players he's had the privilege to coach. The Tarpon tandem had a chance to take the field one more time in December when both were selected to represent their parish in the Orleans-Jefferson public school all-star game.


Tiger Rag's take: Collins has good speed for a pass rushing defensive end. He'll need to add size and toughen up in order to handle the caliber of competition he will face in college. His signing would be another small step for LSU toward establishing its program as the team to beat for recruits in the New Orleans area.

The Scoop: Collins was a commitment to West Virginia before being persuaded to stay closer to home and attend LSU. It has since been reported that Collins is keeping his options open and has visited Memphis and Tulane.

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