Miami Back Makes Decision

Miami running back had offers from a who’s-who of the college football world. Read on to learn which program he picked.

Running back Conredge Collins, a 5-foot-11, 220-pound running back from Monsignor Pace High in Miami, pledged to Pittsburgh during his official visit over the weekend.

After a winter blizzard had touched down across the Northeast, it was a wonder Collins was able to fly into Pennsylvania.

“I had a good flight in and out,” Collins said. “The snow doesn’t bother me, I’ve never had a problem with it. My family has spent time in North Carolina and New York.”

Another Pennsylvania school made a hard run at Collins.

Penn State came in late, I was actually scheduled to visit them next weekend,” Collins said Sunday. “I need to call them tomorrow and cancel. I am happy with the choice that I made.”

Collins had offers from Ohio State, Florida, Florida State Miami and NC State. How does he end up in a smaller conference such as the Big East?

“I was wondering what I was doing there myself,” Collins said. “Just like coach Partridge [Panther assistant Charlie] said, god works in strange ways and there must be a reason for me to be in Pittsburgh. So I committed to the Panthers.”

After a visit to N.C. State last weekend, Collins almost joined the Wolfpack.

“I told [Coach Chuck] Amato that they had a good shot with me, he told me they didn’t have any more room for another back,” Collins said. “At that time my dad called a few of the schools that had been in contact with me. Several schools responded, but I decided to visit Pittsburgh.”

Collins ran for over 1,200 yards last season and over 1,800 as a junior. Would Collins describe himself as a north-south type of back?

“Oh yeah, I’m going to get them yards. I got some moves, but not many I think I am a Jamal Lewis type of back,” Collins said.


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