"One of my main goals in the recruiting process was to have my [college] decision done before this season," said Collins, who committed to the university in late June. "Maryland has great academics and networking, especially being so close to Washington, D.C.."
In addition to academia, something that is stressed at Bishop McNamara and all WCAC schools, the location of the school was a factor in Collins' decision. "Being close is always a plus. I have two younger siblings and I really wanted to see them play at the middle school and high school levels. Now I can come home and do so," noted Collins, who will get to pay his siblings back for watching him play football over the years.
Not to be disregarded, the opportunity for playing time as an underclassman enamored the Terp commit. "UMD can only go up from here, and people are starting to get that. My goal is to come in and compete for a starting job as a freshman, and I know a lot of other guys in my class feel the same," explained the senior, who Maryland intends to use as a defensive back.
Collins plays quarterback for the Forestville, MD private school, and has seen his share of successes on offense. He was able to record 2000-plus yards passing, along with 500 rushing yards and 20 total touchdowns. However, his ability to show athleticism on the defensive side of the ball (6'2, 200 pounds, 4.49 40 yard) landed him at Maryland. "I feel more comfortable at free safety. By playing quarterback, I learn tendencies, and can read other quarterbacks," the star recruit mentioned, who also pointed out that Maryland's free safety is going into his senior year, and will leave the spot open for competition in 2013.
Collins, who had also been courted by schools such as ECU, Boston College, NC State, and West Virginia, is all-in for the Terps program. "I've been to a home game before, against Florida State," reminisced Collins. "The crowd was electrifying, and that's very exciting. People are excited like that again this year, and will be even more excited my year. New turf field, stadium additions, it's going to be a lot of fun. The 2013 class can beat a lot of teams out there, and people are realizing that. They like how many local guys are committing too," Collins imagined, who also reminded that the Terps are putting out new uniforms again this year, to add to the exciting state-themed threads from 2011.
There's a full year that separates Collins and the University of Maryland, and he intends to improve himself in many ways before arriving in College Park. "My first goal is to win a championship. That's the goal of sports. I need to become a better leader and athlete first off. Gain knowledge, strength," explained the eager fourth-year student athlete.
Collins also has sky high self-expectations for McNamara's 2012 campaign. "Personally, I want to be the best. I want to be WCAC player of the year, All-Met, All-State, and get as lean and ripped as I can."
The bar is set high for the future of the Maryland Terrapins football program, and it is soothing to hear that the future members of the team set the bar even higher. Being the best is a common theme among commits, and thought has to precede performance. Step one: complete.