Recruiting: Collins Gets Offer From Cowboys

Offensive tackle/defensive end Davidell Collins of Bearden, Ark., said he was really nervous last Friday night as he and his Bearden teammates disposed of second-round opponent Mineral Springs 51-0. The 6-6, 254-pound Collins was nervous because two of the spectators were Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young and Cowboys co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Joe Wickline.

"I didn't think I played very well," said Collins. "I thought it was one of my worst games of the season. I made a few tackles on defense but nothing special, and I played okay on offense.

"I just didn't think I did that well. I know I could play a lot better. I was really nervous but I guess they (Young and Wickline) thought I did okay because I got an offer from Oklahoma State today."

Collins, who is also a basketball and track standout at Bearden, already had scholarship offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, and Tulsa. Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas Tech have flirted with recruiting him some.

Collins has seen the Oklahoma State campus when he made an unofficial visit for the Texas Tech game. He is a stellar prospect that has gone under the radar for some reason.

"I like the offer. I like it a lot," said Collins late this afternoon of his latest college option. "I need to go home and talk to my parents and then pray about it. After that, I'll tell you I may commit."

Collins, who actually lives in Fordyce, the home of former Cowboy standout Kevin Williams, has more work to do as Bearden faces McCrory in a quarterfinal game this Friday.

Collins talked last week about being determined to win the 3A state championship after losing by a point in the championship game his sophomore season and losing in the semifinals last season.

He did not know his stats this season but did report that he has returned an interception and a partially blocked kick for touchdowns this season, the interception he returned 51 yards for a score. He also has a running back teammate that came with him to Stillwater for the Texas Tech game in Ricky Brown, who rushed for 180 yards and five touchdowns on just nine carries last week against Mineral Springs.

There is a lot of talent in Bearden.

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