Collins joining the Bears’ program

Glendale High (MO.) tight end Chandler Collins will be walking-on at Missouri State next season in Dave Steckel’s first season as head coach. Bear Boulevard talked with Collins about his decision to play at Missouri State.

Glendale High (MO.) tight end Chandler Collins will be walking-on at Missouri State next season in Dave Steckel’s first season as head coach. Bear Boulevard talked with Collins about his decision to play at Missouri State.

Chandler Collins, 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, was a dominating performer as a senior, catching 108 passes for 1069 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final season. His efforts were enough to earn him a spot on the Missouri State football team.

“My senior season was amazing. I believe I finished in the top five in the nation with 108 total catches. With our new coach, Mike Mauk, my senior year exploded. I went to levels that I never thought I could reach without the help of my coaching staff,” said Collins.

Collins is an all-around tight end prospect who can do multiple things on the field and can be an every down type of player for Missouri State.

“I’m a versatile threat that can be either split off the line or attached to the line,” he said. “My biggest strengths as a player are my hands and my ability to get open in traffic and catch balls in traffic. Also I feel I am a good open field blocker. I position my body well to make the best block possible.”

Collins felt that he fits in well with the coaching staff at Missouri State. That’s what led to him making his commitment to the Bears.

“I committed to Missouri State because I felt like it would be the best fit for me. From a coaching standpoint, the coaches are amazing. I connected really well with all of the coaches, especially my tight ends coach, (Mack) Brown. Also the facilities are top class. That always helps.

“The thing I liked the most about Missouri State was the family atmosphere. When I walked on campus for the first time, I was immediately greeted like I was one of their own kids. It was just the ability to connect to the coaches and the players I got to meet. I loved it,” he continued.

Collins is thrilled to be on board with Steckel’s first recruiting class. And he feels that this is the start of something special for him.

“It feels amazing to be a part of the first recruiting class under a man like Coach Stec. It’s something I’ll never forget. I can’t wait to begin my journey on the college level. I am proud to have a ma like Coach Stec as my new head coach. I cannot wait to get started,” he finished.

Bear Boulevard and Scout will keep you updated on Chandler Collins.


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