Collier putting up huge numbers in track

TCU 2014 signee L.J. Collier is putting up huge numbers in track.

In January, TCU landed perhaps one of the biggest sleepers for their 2014 class when Munday, TX defensive end L.J. Collier committed to the Frogs.

Collier was a long time commitment to Texas Tech and what turned out to be a loss for the Red Raiders has the potential to be a big gain for Frogs.

At 6-foot-4, 250-pounds, Collier was rated as the No. 71 defensive end prospect in the nation from the 2014 class. With a big frame, Collier is expected to move inside to tackle once he arrives on TCU's campus in June.

Arguably the top athlete in Texas in Class A, Collier has potential to make an impact as a true freshman for the Frogs. He played everything from running back to kicker for the Moguls in 2013, earning District MVP honors. He was also a standout on the basketball team.

While Collier excelled in both sports, it's on the track, particularly at discuss, where he's putting on the biggest show. This past weekend, Collier advanced to state with a throw of 194-2 that easily took home the gold. The throw is currently the fourth-best in the entire nation. To boot, Collier also won the gold in the shot-put with a toss of 54-feet.

"Me and my coach have done good going up each week and shooting for big numbers," Collier said. "We go out there trying to get big numbers with the first two (throws) and just chase it after that. We go for the win in the beginning."

With his latest throw his new personal-best, Collier has his sights set on reach 200-feet. His first goal however is to bring home the gold after winning silver as a junior. After that, he'll do everything in his power to reach the highest mark in the country.

"That's what we're working on the next two weeks, just getting my footwork right and that's what we're shooting for at state," he said. "My first goal is to shoot for the medal; I just want to get to the finals and then go for the record."

With his track career finishing in two weeks, it will be less than a month before he arrives on campus to start his career as a Horned Frog. For Collier, he's anxious to see what the next few years of his life has in store.

"I'm actually pretty pumped about it," he said. "I'm ready to get there and go and shoot for me a spot. If I get redshirted I get redshirted, I just want to get out there and get into workouts and into tip-top shape. I'm ready to see how the next four to five years of my life are going to be. I just think it's going to be a fun experience down there and I'm ready to start it. I'm ready for any challenge."

In the meantime, Collier says he has steady communication with his recruiter, Sonny Cumbie.

"We text every once in a while and he asks me if I'm ready to be down there," he said. "He asks me about my grades and how I'm doing and I ask how his family is doing. That's pretty much how it stays." With his recent success on the track, could Collier become the next football player at TCU to excel on the track team?

"I may bring it up to them but for now it hasn't been brought up," Collier said. "I don't see why not."


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