Florida's Tony Collins

Looking for a player that's fast, quick, athletic and versatile? If so, then wide receiver/safety Tony Collins from Green Acres (Florida - John I. Leonard HS) is the man for the job. Pittsburgh and several other schools are expressing interest in the third team all-state athlete.

Collins, a 6-foot-0 and 167 pound two-way star, has speed to burn. Last year, his coach timed his 40 yard dash at 4.37 seconds.

"I've coached players like Charles Frederick, who signed with Washington a few years ago, and Tony is the fastest player that I have ever timed in my 15 year college coaching career," Coach Terry Gough said.

According to his coach he's a true cover-corner but plays safety because of his devastating ability.

"He's such a fine athlete," coach Gough said. "Last year as a sophomore, Tony won the state title in the high jump (6-foot-10)."

Collins isn't sure what side of the ball he projects to in college, but he has a preference for defense.

"I like playing defense," Collins, who recorded 71 tackles, four interceptions and five knockdowns as a sophomore said. "I like to run down people."

The South Florida native also caught 22 passes for 443 yards while playing offense.

Collins is getting interest from Pittsburgh, Florida, Rutgers, Ohio State, and Penn State.

He has no preference on distance and he will not attend any Nike camps this spring, in order to fully focus on defending his state championship in the high jump.

--Dave Peters

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