Collington High On The Buckeyes

Ed Collington of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Penn Hills has been making some noise on the field this year as he is on pace for a 2,000-yard season. He was one of several prospects in attendance at Ohio State yesterday. What did he think of the trip?

With no running backs yet committed to the 2005 recruiting class, having a player like Ed Collington of Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh that's very interested in Ohio State is good to know. He's been to Ohio Stadium for two of the three Buckeye home games this year.

"They're my number one choice of schools and that's where I want to go the most," Collington said. "I have (a cousin) that went there, and I just like the school and I like the football team a lot."

Actually just visiting a school on game day is a whole new experience for the 6-0, 205 pound runner this year.

"It's kind of new for me. (Ohio State) was the first school that I went to visit (unofficially) and I liked it a lot. I liked the crowd and everything else," said Collington who only has one scholarship offer from Akron but he's hoping for more to come, including one from Ohio State. "They tell me that they're interested in me and by the way that they're handling things, I believe them. So I'm trying to work hard in the class room and on the field so they can be even more interested in me."

Collington, who's been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash, started at running back in his sophomore season upon transferring to Penn Hills from Steel Valley High School.

"I did pretty good for it being my first year at the school," he said. "I didn't think I was going to get any playing time when I came over but ended up starting and I did pretty good."

A shoulder injury hampered his junior season a bit but he still managed to finish the campaign with 959 yards and 12 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he dislocated the same shoulder on the very first day of practice to begin his senior season.

"It doesn't worry me too much during the games, but I know after the season I'll have to get surgery," said Collington who wears a protective brace this season and last under his equipment. "It really hasn't effected me at all this season. I haven't even worried about it since it happened, and I'm doing even better than I thought I would stat-wise."

Through seven games, Collington, who is similar in stature to Maurice Clarett, has rushed for 1,446 yards while leading his team to six wins. He'd like to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark in the regular season.

"I'm an all purpose back and I think I can do anything that you want me to do," he said. "I can run, catch, block, I got speed; I've never been caught from behind, and I can run you over if I have to. But I'm probably more of a power back than anything."

Collington, who has a 2.7 GPA but has yet to take the ACT or SAT, really has no forecast or timetable of just how his recruitment might play out between now and February.

"I hope I have more offers by then than I do now," he said. "I'll just have to weigh my options and see what happens."

Joe Daniels is recruiting Collington for the Ohio State. Penn State is showing some interest in him as well.

"I'm very excited about Ohio State, that's where I want to go," he said. "I'm not really sure what they think of me, but from what I'm hearing, they think highly of me and they want me there."

Collington ultimately understands that his fate is in God's hands and he's comfortable with that.

"I believe in God very much. A whole lot," he said. "That's my number one thing."

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