Beaver target planning official trips

THE FIRST WEEK of college football has come and gone as the 2006 collegiate landscape has started to take shape. The start of football season also means official visits begin soon. One player who could be tripping to Corvallis this fall is Santa Monica's Cameron Collins, an all-CIF selection as a junior. Oregon State was the first to offer the safety prospect.

"I like them a lot, they were the first team to offer me a scholarship, definitely take that into consideration," said Collins of Oregon State. "They seem like a genuine team."

Nigel Burton is running the point on Collins' recruitment.

"I met him and his (family), a very, very genuine guy," said Collins. "He seems like the kind of person that at the next level, he'll take care of you."

Oregon State, however, is not recruiting the hardest at this point, said Collins. That would be Stanford and Oregon.

COLLINS HAS SET up two visits thus far, not surprisingly to those two schools. His Stanford trip will be the weekend of Sept. 16 and Oregon is planned for sometime in October. The remaining officials are yet to be determined.

"I'm sure I'll have three more, it's either going to be Oregon State, Boise State, and then the other one is pretty much left open," said Collins.

The official visits will be key to his decision, said Collins.

"Basically, it will be my visits, and seeing the whole atmosphere at the different schools," he said.

OREGON STATE IS RECRUITING the Santa Monica High playmaker as a safety. Most schools see him at either safety or linebacker but some have also left open the possibility for Collins to make his college mark on the offensive side of the ball.

"Stanford has me as their No. 1 safety and their No. 3 wide receiver," said Collins.

Oregon State and Stanford are two of Collins' eight offers. Despite previous reports and although Stanford is firmly in the mix, Collins said he doesn't necessarily have a leader.

"I don't have one -- I think maybe some people may have (misunderstood) but Stanford is definitely up there at the top of the list. But they may have misunderstood, all my schools are at the top," said Collins.

COLLINS RACKED UP 69 tackles patrolling the secondary with four INTs and a pair of fumble recoveries. For his efforts, he earned all-CIF Division IV honors in '05. Offensively, he pulled in 39 receptions for 547 yards and four TDs as a junior.

Measurables and strength numbers include a 4.65 in the 40 and a vertical leap of 40 inches, with a bench press of 285 pounds and a squat of 365

An excellent student, Collins has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT and holds a 3.7 GPA.

Cameron Collins profile

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