Beavs have 4-star gem in Collins, says coach

EXPECTED TO INK his Letter of Intent to Oregon State on Wednesday is Cameron Collins. A 4-star prospect and physical specimen out of Santa Monica, the 6-3.5, 200-pound Collins appears the heir apparent to Sabby Piscitelli and according to his prep coach, has more than a few similarities to the graduating All Pac-10 safety from Oregon State.

Size and physicality.

That's part of what makes Collins special out on the football field and what bodes well for him at strong safety for the Beavs, says Zach Cuda, head man at Santa Monica High.

"He's a big physical kid, there aren't a whole lot of bodies out there that move like his does," said Cuda. "I think he was a good find for Oregon State. And I think he's going to really fit that strong safety position that they're kind of looking at him playing very well."

Cuda said while Collins naturally has to develop before he becomes in the same mold as All Pac-10 first teamer Piscitelli, the early evidence shows him to be on a similar path.

"Physically, in some ways he reminds me of Sabby Piscatelli. Now he's not nearly as fast yet but he's all of 6-3, almost 6-4, and he's got a frame where they're going to be able to put all kinds of weight on him.

"I would say the big thing with Cameron is his ability to make the read inside the box, he's able to do that extremely quickly. He can make the tackle, make a read from it and react to it...that's one of the things that really allows him to make alot of the plays he makes," said Cuda.

THERE ARE ALSO what some call 'the intagibles' when considering Collins, says Cuda, as Collins' football smarts and instincts are just a natural part of his makeup.

"He's a very intelligent kid, I actually taught him in AP Econ as well and he's a very bright kid. And he studies film like crazy. And then he's very instinctual, has a real nose for the ball. He just finds himself in the right spot," said Cuda.

Collins is an outstanding student, with a 3.75 GPA and has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

"And then beyond (the football skills) he's a "sure thing" kid -- you're not going to have any issues with him academically or character wise," said Cuda.

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