Collins Set For Florida State Visit

Miami Pace running back Conredge Collins will make an official visit to Florida State this weekend. Click here for an update on Collins has to say about Ohio State as well as his involvement in last weekend's CaliFlorida Bowl.

Miami Pace running back Conredge Collins has a visit to Florida State this weekend. Collins competed in last weekend's CaliFlorida Bowl at the Orange Bowl. We had a chance to ask him about that game and his recruitment.

"It was all right," said Collins, who was on the Florida team that won 24-22. "It was cool to play in that game with all of those great players. I had fun. I knew pretty much everybody on the Florida team."

Collins (6-0, 220, 4.48) is the son of Tony Collins, who played his college ball at East Carolina before an NFL career with New England and Miami.

He began his visits at N.C. State in December.

"I went to N.C. State but I'm not sure about them right now," Collins said.

He was also interested in hearing from nearby Miami (Fla.), but the Hurricanes have only looked at him as a fullback: "Miami's out of it because I'm not a fullback. I'm a tailback and that's what these schools are recruiting me as."

In addition to FSU, Collins will see Ohio State Jan. 14 and Florida Jan. 28.

"I have been talking to (OSU assistant Mark) Snyder," Collins said. "He is the one who set up the visit. I also talked to the running backs coach (Dick Tressel) a couple of weeks ago."

Collins said he caught some of OSU's Alamo Bowl win over Oklahoma State.

"It was good to see," he said. "I watched a little bit of the game."

Is Collins in any hurry to make a decision? Does he have a favorite?

"No, I'm pretty well open," he said. "I want to take all of my visits and see what I like best and then make my decision."

Collins is rated as the nation's No. 50 tailback prospect and as the 58th-best prospect overall in Florida, according to

As a junior, Collins rushed for 1,800 yards and scored 20 touchdowns for Pace's 12-2 Class 3A state championship team. As a senior, he tallied 1,200 yards for a 10-2 team.

"I can go both ways – power and speed," Collins said. "I think I have good hands and good overall balance."

Collins holds a 3.0 GPA.

CaliFlorida Bowl

USC verbal Mark Sanchez threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Lydell Sargeant as time expired, but Florida defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois stopped Sargeant on a 2-point conversion to seal a 24-22 win by Florida over California in the CaliFlorida Bowl.

Antone Smith of Pahokee, Fla., was named the Most Valuable Player of the annual high school all-star game. He broke six tackles on an 18-yard touchdown run that gave Florida a 14-7 lead with 9:10 remaining in the first half. Smith, who has not committed to a school for next season, finished with 43 yards rushing on 12 attempts and a 13-yard catch.

Sanchez, of Mission Viejo, Calif., passed for 234 yards and three touchdowns, but he also was intercepted twice. Demetrice Morley, of Miami Killian High School, returned the opening kickoff of the second half 86 yards for a Florida touchdown. Morley has committed to Tennessee.

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