Official Visits Underway for Collins

With the recent shuffles in's 2007 football recruiting rankings, even more attention now turns to Cameron Collins. The Santa Monica (Calif.) safety / wideout has quietly taken two official visits to Pac-10 schools, and he has his eyes on where his remaining three trips will take him. Where does Stanford stand for him, and how is he faring with the admissions application process? Read on.

Santa Monica (Calif.) High School senior receiver/safety Cameron Collins (6-1.5, 195) took his second official trip over the weekend, to Oregon State.  The visit was also the second time he had ventured to the Beaver State.

"It went well," Collins comments on his Corvallis weekend.  "It was my second trip; I had gone to Oregon earlier.  I like both of the schools I've visited a lot.  They have two totally different feels, though, and I took that into account.  The whole communities are pretty different.  Oregon has more flash, while Oregon State has more of a family environment.  Of course, the Oregon-Oklahoma game was more rowdy - as rowdy as it gets - but Oregon State-Washington State was exciting, too."

Collins says he is going to likely take his remaining three official visits, to Stanford, Boise State and Villanova, though no dates have been set for those trips.

"I'm still hearing a little bit from Cal and UCLA, but not as much as the others," the recruit reports.  "I would probably take unofficial trips there if I did anything."

In the meantime, Collins, recently ranked 27th nationally at safety by and rated at four stars, is focusing on the aforementioned five schools, all of whom have offered.

"I'm still pretty wide open at this point," Collins claims.  "All five schools have a real shot.  I'm just taking the visits to see all that I can."

The Santa Monica standout says that Stanford remains heavily in the mix, though he is still working on the hurdle of gaining admittance to the school.

"With Stanford, I still have to get in first," Collins explains.  "I'm doing the application and I'm on the latter part of it.  It's a little bit more than I thought it would be.  I'm not going to lie, its longer than I thought.  But I feel like I'm learning a lot just by filling it out."

The Cardinal staff has indicated to Collins that they want him on defense first, but that offense could also be an option for him.

"They have me as their #1 safety but also as their #3 receiver on their board," the recruit reveals.  "I'm open to anything, though.  I just want to play."

Holding a 3.75 GPA and scoring a 1580 on his first crack at the SAT, Collins is planning to retake the standardized test in November to net a better score.

"I took some prep classes a while ago, just for the SAT," he says.  "Stanford wanted me to take it again and improve my score."

Earlier this season, Collins suffered a minor hand injury, but he says he is doing fine today and that it turned out to be nothing too major.

"I've been doing alright this year," Collins comments.  "We're 3-2 going into Ocean League this weekend.  We just want to start off strong against Morningside."

Last week against Los Alamitos, Collins had nine tackles in the loss.

Last season, Collins was named to the all-CIF Division IV team after he finished with 69 tackles and four interceptions as well as a pair of fumble recoveries.  He also added 39 receptions for 547 yards and four touchdowns.  Against rival Beverly Hills, he had his best day, grabbing eight passes for 136 yards and recording 13 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

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