Miami Standout Collins A Second Generation Star

Miami Pace running back Conredge Collins is drawing some attention as a big back. He lists Ohio State among his early favorites. Click here to read about this prospect's fine bloodlines as well as his college preferences.

Miami Pace running back Conredge Collins told Bucknuts.com he is working out three times a day in an effort to follow in his father's footsteps.

His father is Tony Collins, who played his college ball at East Carolina before an NFL career with New England and Miami.

"I am working out three times a day," said the 6-0, 225-pound Collins. "I go to practice in the morning. Then, I come home and my dad has me working on my conditioning as well as my catching and my drills.

"Then, at night we work out in the weight room. It's football, football, football for me right now."

Collins said he appreciates his father's influence and encouragement.

"That's my dad," he said. "He makes it hard for me because he knows where I want to be. I want to be the best. I want to do whatever I can to help my team. I want to be the best back. I want to work harder than everybody else so I can be the best.

"My dad has been there and done it before. Right now, he's telling me not to worry about recruiting or any of that. He's telling me to stay focused and play for right now. He's working me pretty hard."

Collins is hoping all of the extra effort will help him improve on his junior year, when he rushed for 1,800 yards and scored 20 touchdowns for Pace's 12-2 Class 3A state championship team.

"I feel I am an all-around back," Collins said. "I have a lot of power and I am working on my speed. My fastest 40 time is 4.48 seconds. I have gotten faster and I'm working on getting faster. I have to be one of the stronger backs, too. We just maxed out on the bench and I was at 380 pounds. That's the most I've ever done.

What will Collins' future college team be getting in him?

"They will be getting an all-around back that can run, block and catch passes out of the backfield," he said. "They will also get a team leader that leads vocally."

Collins grew up following Florida State and nearby Miami (Fla.). He recently announced that FSU was his early favorite. But he told Bucknuts.com he would look hard at those two schools as well as Ohio State, Michigan and N.C. State. He said he has been offered by each of his favorites.

"Ohio State came down and saw me in the spring," Collins said. "They produce good backs. They are a winning team. They always seem to have big backs in the Big Ten, so I think I would fit in good there."

But will Collins make the leap and leave the state of Florida?

"It wouldn't be hard for me to do that," he said. "I want to go somewhere that is best for me. I want to go wherever I can do my thing and wherever benefits me the most."

Collins said he would likely only see games this season at Miami (Fla.), saving his official visits until after the season is over.

"Florida State stands out to me right now," he said. "They have a pretty good depth chart and my father likes them the best. He also likes Miami. Miami is home. They have the tradition and they send players to the NFL. I took an unofficial visit to N.C. State and I like them a lot."

Collins holds a 2.9 GPA. He is ranked as Florida's 35th-best prospect by FloridaKids.us.


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