Coaches' Take- Milan Collins

Anthony Johnson, athletic director at BMHS (Maryland), spoke about future Terp Milan Collins.

TSR: One of the main things you get from talking with Milan is that he has a lot of confidence; can you talk about what kind of personality he has?

AJ: That confidence is something all Milan's teammates know about him. When he transferred in as a sophomore, he had tremendous confidence from the beginning. Even while playing quarterback he wanted to take on defenders and hit people all the time. Eventually we had to tell him as a quarterback not to take on that 250-pound lineman, but his style of play speaks to that confidence. He's also a humble young man and gets along well with his teammates.

TSR: Milan has talked about his excitement for coming to Maryland and his own recruiting efforts, could you expound on that?

AJ: Milan had some options and choices, but when Maryland offered it was a choice that became easy for him. He's been very excited about attending; we have a really talented player, Damian Prince, that's getting a lot of attention right now and offers from some really big time programs, and Milan has been recruiting him hard to come to Maryland.

TSR: Milan said that playing both sides of the ball has helped his development as a DB, what do you think that aspect of his game does for him?

AJ: It was a great asset for us to have him play both sides of the ball. As kids are trying to make it to the next level, his ability to play both sides helps him stand out.

TSR: How do you think he will fare when arrives in College Park?

AJ: His two way ability is going to help him. One thing I always tell players when coaches come to visit is that when they ask where you like to play, tell them “I'll play wherever you want.” When he gets there and mixes it up they are going to see his versatility; wouldn't be surprised if he gets on the field early.

TSR: Commitments like Milan indicate that Coach Randy Edsall is trying to keep local talent in-state, have you seen a difference between his recruiting style and Ralph Friedgen's when he was coaching at Maryland?

AJ: Well certainly our focus is here at Bishop McNamara and Friedgen had some of our players as well, so I haven't noticed a difference yet, but any coach wants to have control over their backyard. I know that Friedgen has done well for our players; he had [BM alum] Cam Chism who had a shot at the NFL.

TSR: What do you think Milan needs to work on to be ready for the college game?

AJ: All facets of the game but primarily his skills as a defender in coverage, he's going to want to work on that aspect. He has to work on scheme and try to impress the coaches there to get on the field. I think he'll do well managing that learning curve.

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