Is new Beaver commit a DE or DT?

OREGON STATE's NEWEST verbal commit, Desmond Collins out of Salt Lake City, Utah, is a defensive lineman, that much seems pretty clear. But will he play defensive end or defensive tackle for the Beavers?

Collins, out of Highland High, was listed at 6-3, 255 pounds by espn when they reported he switched his verbal commitment from Idaho to Oregon State. Scout.com lists him at 6-3.5, 245 pounds.

One of the local papers who has followed Collins at Highland, The Desert News, reports him to be 6-4, 245 pounds.

Collins has been widely reported to be a defensive end prospect, though Scout.com lists him as a DT. The question on position becomes even more relevant in this class because Oregon State prior to Collins' verbal had commitments from six, yes six, players Scout.com lists as defensive ends.

Oregon State certainly has a need this recruiting class for defensive ends. But seven?

It would seem likely at for some of those players to either line up elsewhere when fall camp begins, or grayshirt. Blake Harrah and Rusty Fernando are junior college transfers who have signed and are expected to provide immediate help on the edge in 2011. That still leaves four players listed at DE on the Beavs' commit list, five if Collins were to be listed as a d-end.

AS FOR COLLINS, he's familiar with the interior. He played d-tackle this past season for Highline.

So where does OSU envision him lining up? Hard to say for sure at the moment. Scout.com and BF.C have been unable to reach Collins, though that's certainly one of the top questions to be asked and we'll keep you posted. One thing does not appear in question. He's one of his state's top prospects.

Utah lacks the population to consistently generate a lot of premier prospects, says espn, but in this 2011 class has produced some of the better mid-range, three-star type of depth seen from the state in recent years. One of the top two defensive tackle prospects listed by espn is Collins, due to his quick get-off and good short-area power to move blockers off the ball.

This past season, from his defensive tackle spot, Collins was named first team all-region and all-state.

He had 61 tackles, with 14 for loss and 10.5 sacks.

Desmond Collins profile


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