LJ Collier: Tech Ties Drawing Him In

Only a junior but with a former teammate now wearing the red and black, Collier is really interested.

It's not uncommon, but the odds are against a player from a Class 1A school, the smallest class that plays 11-man football in the state of Texas, sees a Division 1 football field.

The odds of two from the same school, however, have to decrease tremendously.

 L.J. Collier defied those odds, when on a trip to Lubbock for a recent junior day, committed to the Red Raiders when offered a scholarship.

"When I got there, I just knew it was the place for me," said the 6'4'' 240 lb defensive end. "I fell in love with it."

Recruited mainly by Sonny Cumbie, Collier knows that he bust continue to improve throughout his upcoming senior campaign to make an impact at the next level.

"I have to get in the weight room," said Collier. "That's how I'm going to spend my summer. I also have to improve on using my hands to shed blocks."

Collier describes his strengths as someone who can shed blocks and get to the quarterback in the pass rush but was most proud of his run support technique.

"Nothing can get outside me. That's my job and it's my attitude," said Collier.

His current size, 6'4'' 240 lbs indicates that Collier will spend his college days at defensive end rather than outside linebacker.

"I'm quick enough to play (end), and I can make plays," said Collier.

Collier starred for the 2012 state champion Moguls along with 2013 Texas Tech CB/ATH signee Dee Paul, who was the 1A defensive player of the year and starting quarterback.

"Dee was a great leader for us," said Collier. "He (Paul) pushed us to be great and he came through when it mattered most. I hope I can pick up here he left off and lead us back to state next year," said Collier.

Off the field, Collier also has lofty goals. When asked what he was going to study, "I'm looking at architecture" was the first thing out of his mouth.

While I don't know that the schedule of an architecture major (I roomed with one for a year.) will allow a kid to also play Division 1 football, you at least have to admire the ambition.

Collier also has picked up another activity this year that he plans to continue as a senior.

"I'm also doing 1 act play," said Collier. "I have the lead role. I think it helps me step up as a performer."

As far as committing early in the recruiting process, Tech fans shouldn't have to worry about Collier being lured elsewhere.

"These coaches gave me a chance, I'm 100% with them."


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