Davidell Collins: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Bearden (Ark.) High School head coach Mike Cox about Davidell Collins, a 6-6, 245-pound defensive end from Bearden, Ark.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Mike Cox: As a junior he really wasn't that good and then all of sudden being 6-6, gaining weight and getting stronger, he got to where he got agile and could move, and turned into a pretty good football player. All of a sudden he just developed starting with last spring when he really came on, and a lot of people really wanted him after seeing how big he was and how he could run.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Mike Cox: Nothing really. He's a good kid. He's going to go to class, he's going to pass. The main thing is it's just a process and I think in about a year he'll 290 (pounds) or better, and he'll be starting.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Mike Cox: In our first game this year in what was like a pre-season classic and he picked up a fumble and ran it back about 50 yards. The next week he picked up a blocked punt and ran it back about 25 or 30 yards to score. Both of those stick out in my mind.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Mike Cox: Tons of potential. He ain't even close to where he's going to get. His best football is ahead of him.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Mike Cox: I took him to the (Arkansas) Razorback camp this summer, and they'd never heard of him. All of a sudden he's known, and everyone wants to know about him. They were thinking about giving him a scholarship but were taking their time deciding. After five weeks (of the season), and five good games in a row, I called them and told them I was going to send film out to other schools. So he gave me a couple of schools he'd be interested in, and Oklahoma State was one of them. I sent some film and they set up a visit for him. A couple teachers (from here) took him up there for the Texas Tech game. He passed the eyeball test, and they came to watch us play the next week. They called that Monday to offer him a scholarship. He waited four or five days before deciding that he was going to go to Oklahoma State.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Mike Cox: He might be a year away from playing. Most of the time if you're any good you're not going to have any freshmen starting on your line. He's a kid that by his senior year will probably get drafted.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Mike Cox: The main thing is get a college education.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Mike Cox: He's a good kid. Since he was a sophomore every D-I school that came through here has asked, who is that kid? We'd tell them and they'd say, we'll be back. But I guess after a lot of coaching changes they kind of forgot about him. He's the type of kid you want in your program. He don't smoke or drink or play with anything. He'll go to school and do right. He's a testament that if you work hard in the program, and you've got some God-given ability, and you make good choices, you've got a chance to go get a good education and go play on a high level. I've had better kids since I've been here but I've never had one that fit his profile as far as upside.

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