Cornerback Cedric Collins (5-11, 170, 4.4) from Dallas Skyline has been pegged as one of the top 2014 prospects in Texas since he was a freshman.
As a sophomore, Cedric recorded 30 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 13 pass breakups, earning unanimous 9-5A fist-team All-District selection at defensive back. Cedric was usually assigned to the opposing team's best receiver. Cedric and Skyline held Dallas Jesuit's Jake Oliver to just 4 catches for 20 yards.
Cedric says his strengths are his man press and zone coverage skills. In addition to his speed and coverage skills, Cedric also benches 225 pounds and squats 330. During the offseason, Cedric is running track, competing in the 200 (22.4) and 400 (50.4). His goals for his junior and senior years are to win a championship, improve his run support, and improve his all around game.
Cedric grew up a fan of Miami (who he called 'the U') and LSU.
Not surprisingly, Cedric is already getting lots of recruiting attention. Cedric said schools that have contacted him and are recruiting him the hardest include Texas A&M, TCU, Baylor, Texas, LSU, Texas Tech, Kansas State and SMU, and that he has already received offers from Baylor, SMU and Kansas State.
When asked what he's looking for in a college, Cedric said academics, tradition and great coaches.
Cedric visited Texas A&M on February 11th, along with his dad, sister, and teammates 2013 A&M commit Kerrick Huggins and 2013 Texas Tech commit Will Barrow. They toured the school and talked with the academic advisors. Cedric was very impressed with A&M and his favorite part was touring the weight room. Cedric thinks the new Aggie coaches are great and says he's established a good relationship with David Beaty, A&M's coach responsible for recruiting the DFW area.
When asked what he thought about the SEC, Cedric responded, " I think it would be great to play in that conference."
Texas A&M is making inroads into recruiting the huge talent pool at Dallas Skyline. Domonique Patterson signed with A&M in 2010, Thomas Johnson just signed with A&M, Kerrick Huggins just committed to A&M, and Ra’Shaad Samples is strongly considering A&M.
I asked Cedric if this might influence his decision. He responded "It's possible", citing he and Thomas run track together, he and Ra'Shaad workout on the weekends together, and Kerrick made the visit to A&M with him..
Cedric plans to attend camps this spring and summer at Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas, TCU and LSU.
Cedric is No. 4 on the initial Aggie Websider Texas Top 50 for 2014.
On Wednesday, March 21st, Texas A&M offered Cedric a scholarship. Cedric becomes one of the first 2014 prospects to receive an offer from the Aggies.
It will be a fight for Texas A&M to win the services of Cedric Collins, but A&M is a great match for what Cedric says he is looking for in the college.
The Aggie Websider will continue to follow the recruitment of this this top 2014 prospect.