PROFILE: Edward Collins

The last couple of years Louisiana has not had an abundance of top-flight offensive linemen.

The 2007 class looks to be in that same boat but a player to keep on the radar is Zachary-Northeast tackle Edward Collins.

The 6-5, 282-pounder is getting recruited by LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher along with every other school in the SEC and several others from the South.

Collins, who will be a three-year starter for Vikings' head coach David Masterson, graded out at better than 90 percent the last two seasons.

Masterson is very high on his offensive tackle and feels like guys of his caliber do not come around every day.

"A true weak side tackle that always plays and defends the edge without any help is as hard to find as a true cornerback," Masterson said. "He has long arms excellent feet and can pull to the other side. We timed him at 5.18 seconds in the forty and that's pretty good for someone his size."

Collins boasts some impressive physical tools but according to Masterson he has not come close to realizing his full potential.

"The most amazing thing is that he just turned 16," said Masterson. "He is still growing and will be over 300 pounds by the fall. He needs to increase his body strength but he will in our weightlifting program."

Another area Collins needs to focus on is his academics as he has some work to do to get his GPA in line with NCAA eligibility requirements. That subject may come up this weekend when he attends LSU's Junior Day.

If Collins does not qualify academically then the most likely scenario would be that someone places him at a junior college and resigns him two years later.

With the shortage of qualify o-linemen in the Bayou State that is probably something that Les Miles and the rest of the Tiger coaching staff may strongly consider.

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