2013 Commit Collins Dishes on Expectations

Defensive back Milan Collins sees a championship in the Terps' future.

If 2013 Maryland commit Milan Collins lacks anything, it isn't confidence.

The 6'2”, 190-pound defensive back committed to the Terps in June, and the young player is already licking his chops at the recruiting class Maryland is putting together.

“I feel that what we have, we're going to be the class that pushes Maryland to that next level,” Collins said. “Sky's the limit.”

The Maryland native said he's pushing for some of his teammates to catch Terp fever too, such as 2015 defensive back Ashton White and 2014 offensive lineman Damian Prince, who has already picked up offers from Auburn, Florida State, Ohio State, and Maryland, to name a few.

“I'm really pushing for Damian hard at left tackle,” Collins said. “I feel like he could go in and play right away.”

Though his Bishop McNamara Mustangs are having a tough season so far, Collins said it's helping him all the same.

“I'm learning a lot of lesions I plan to take to college,” Collins said.

Collins is working on his tackling, ball skills, and fitness in order to prepare for collegiate football, as the player recognized that the college game is about being able to capitalize on opportunities. As for playing time next season, Collins' confidence speaks for itself.

“I'm expecting to go in and start game one,” Collins said. “I feel like with [senior Eric] Franklin leaving I have a chance to go take [the spot], so I'm planning on competing for it.”

Collins will have his work cut out for him as Maryland currently has several defensive backs on the roster, but the player acknowledged a certain aspect of his game that could pose an advantage.

“My experience playing quarterback,” Collins said. “I'm able to be more aware of where an offense is trying to attack and what coverages they're looking for. And I think my ball skills are pretty good.”

That kind of mindset can only mean good things for Terps fans, as this season Maryland has seen freshmen like big play receiver Stefon Diggs, quarterback Perry Hills and running back Wes Brown step in and make an impact immediately. Collins has taken notice and thinks this year's team is going to set a great stage for the 2013 class.

“The team is doing very, very well,” Collins said. “They've taken advantage of opportunities. They played a tight game with West Virginia, tough loss to UCONN, but I expect to see them at the top of their division.”

Collins has already gotten a taste of his future College Park tenure when he attended the Connecticut game this season, and he plans on attending the Georgia Tech and Florida State games as well. Collins is already starting to see himself in those Under Armour uniforms, and his comfort level with the Terps couldn't be any higher at this point.

“I can't wait,” Collins said of playing in the Maryland defense. “It looks like fun, I'm going to fit in right away and very well, making plays on the ball and all over the field.”

Collins recalled being blown away by the program when the coaches showed him around campus to give him a feel of what could be in his future.

“The coaching staff is truly amazing,” Collins said. “I want to major in kinesiology, and when they showed me everything, I was blown away.”

The future Terp was glad to get his commitment out of the way so early, and now he gets to spend time doing recruiting work on his teammates and working on his game. The main thing he's looking forward to though: getting on campus.

“The first practice and the first game,” Collins said. “I'm so excited with what the coaches are putting together for the defense, they're only getting better. I think we can win a national championship.”

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