The Maryland staff has been on an offer binge in Florida, and one of the coaches’ most recent verbals went out to Southridge (Miami, Fla.) cornerback Antwan Collier. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder picked up offers from Southern University and Southern Mississippi Feb. 16 and 17, respectively, with the UMD scholarship coming in Feb. 18.
“It’s been a real exciting last few days, for real,” Collier said. “I’m getting myself on the map. But the Maryland offer, that was the big one. It was a great offer. It’s one of the top schools I wanted to get a look from.”
Collier said his head coach had been speaking to Maryland defensive backs coach and area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. Eventually, Abdul-Rahim began contacting the Southridge product on Twitter, before Collier finally gave him a ring Feb. 18.
“I talked to Coach Rahim, and he said I deserved the offer,” Collier said. “He said all the coaches liked the way I played, how I can cover, how I’m not afraid of contact, and how he’d love to see me in an Under Armour Maryland uniform. He told me to keep doing well in school, working hard and making big plays on the field. It motivated me to get better day by day, to focus on school and get ready to go to college.
“I like Coach Rahim. He’s a nice guy and I liked what he was telling me. I’m excited to get to know him more.”
Evidently Abdul-Rahim invited Collier to Maryland’s spring game April 16, which the recruit plans to attend. Collier called UMD one of the schools he “definitely” wants to see.
“I have to talk to my coaches and learn more about the school, but I do like Maryland a lot right now,” Collier said. “I like the defensive scheme and philosophy they have, I like that it’s a Big Ten school, and I like that it’s a good school academically. I want to get up there to check it out.”
Next up, Collier is heading to UCF for a 7-on-7 tournament Feb. 21. He said it’s likely UCF will extend an offer while he’s on campus. Some other programs interested in Collier include Clemson, FAU, Miami, Harvard and Charlotte.
“I’d say my dream top four right now would be Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Maryland,” Collier said. “I’m not sure which of [CU, UF and FSU] will offer, but I have the one from Maryland. That was a great one for me to get.”
The only program Collier’s visited, though, is the nearby Hurricanes.
“Miami was real nice; it’s close to home and I like it over there,” Collier said. “It’s a great campus and I like the coaches there now.”
The Miami native said he’s unsure where his next visit will be, but his coach plans to take him and his teammates around to various locales during the spring.
“I’m going through the process,” Collier said. “I’ll take some visits, play our my senior season and then hopefully take some officials after that. We’ll see how it goes.”
Although Collier’s being recruited for defense, he played mainly offense last year for nearby Killian High. After transferring to Southridge, though, Collier’s slated to play mainly corner, with some time on offense as well.
“I see myself as a cornerback, and that’s what most colleges are looking at me for. But I’m also getting some looks for receiver too,” Collier said. “And I can play some Wildcat quarterback. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to do some of that in college (laughs).”
Collier had 12 tackles, one forced fumble and two interceptions last year at Killian. He caught 19 passes for 375 yards and five touchdowns, to go along with seven rushing and three passing scores.