Recruiting: Collins Catches OSU's Eye

Obviously, Oklahoma State has just a little work left to do in its 2010 recruiting class, and after last weekend a new name sparked a little research. We have learned that Davidell Collins of Fordyce, Ark., who attends Bearden High School has surfaced as a prospect on both sides of the football.

Collins is 6-6, 254 pounds and runs right around 4.9 in the forty. If Fordyce sounds familiar, that is where former Cowboys defensive line star and current Minnesota Viking All-Pro Kevin Williams grew up and played before attending Oklahoma State.

Collins, like Williams, is very athletic and is a standout in several sports including basketball. But he is a three-year starter in football playing offensive tackle and defensive end for Bearden.

Collins attended Oklahoma State's win over Texas Tech last weekend following a first-round playoff win over Salem 63-13. He made the trip to Stillwater with his coach and running back/linebacker teammate Ricky Brown.

"The place was really nice," said Collins. "The facility was really nice and the environment was great. The coaches are really good people and I got along well with them. It was an intense game and I thought Oklahoma State could have won by more, but it was a good win for the team."

Collins said Oklahoma State has really picked up its recruitment of him recently.

"I have scholarship offers from Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State, and Tulsa," explained Collins. "Oklahoma State has really picked up recruiting me a lot lately. Ole Miss has talked to me, and Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are supposed to be at my playoff game this Friday."

Bearden plays Mineral Springs in the second round of the playoffs on Friday.

"I really want to win the state championship," said Collins. "We lost the championship game by one point my sophomore year and we were in the semifinals last season."

Collins doesn't know his stats but he does like to tell you about his two touchdowns this season on defense, really one on defense and the other on special teams.

"I've scored two touchdowns," he said. "One I picked up a fumble and went 55 yards with it. The other I was rushing the punt and the punter hit his protector and the ball went straight up, I circled around and caught the ball and then ran 30 yards for the touchdown."

We asked Collins about what he is looking for in a school and he doesn't beat around the bush. He's thinking about it.

"I don't know," he started. "I'm thinking about studying engineering, but then I think I may want to study something else. I know that I can go a lot of places and get a good education. In football, I want to go somewhere that I can come in and play in a few years. I don't want to be waiting around until I'm a senior to play. I want a place that has tradition and a good football program."

There is no doubt that Collins won't have to wait a long time. He is a very impressive prospect with size, speed, and strength, not to mention versatility.

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