Collin Rock Signing Day Video
SENIOR YEAR STATS: 84 completions, 153 attempts, 1,505 yards, 18 TD, 4 INT; 84 carries, 450 yards, 4 TD
COMMITTED TO SMU OVER: Navy
SIDE NOTE: Rock is also a pitcher and outfielder for Cypress Ranch. In his junior year, he played in both the football and baseball state championship game.
AUDIBLE: “It means a lot to me. The recruiting process was fun, but once I committed, it’s always been a countdown to Feb. 3 at 7 a.m. I know the opportunity that I’m bless to have and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
How Rock fits
Rock projects as a safety in SMU’s defense, although he played quarterback in high school. He’s part of SMU’s big collection of freshman defensive backs that will help replenish a secondary that struggled mightily a season ago.
What Rock brings
Toughness and underrated athleticism. Rock isn’t afraid of contact. As a quarterback, he sometimes blocked downfield for his running backs or on reverses, and not just cheap blocks. Rock will throw a shoulder and use his entire body for blocking.
What to Expect Freshman Year
Rock played safety early in his high school career and knows how quarterbacks look to exploit defensive backs because of his time on offense. He is more physically mature than some of the other defensive back signees, but he will have to learn a lot in one offseason to play meaningful snaps on defense. A role on special teams may be the most realistic possibility as a freshman.
Career Expectations for Rock
At worst, a very good special teamer. At best, a starter in a year or two at safety. His pass defense may take a little longer to develop than his run defense, but he is a smart and disciplined player capable of learning quickly who will want to compete right away.