Texas Signing Class: Chevoski Collins

LonghornDigest.com breaks down each member of the Texas 2013 signing class.

So often, coaches will take prospects and try to figure out where to plug them in later. And while Chevoski Collins figures to start his Texas career in the defensive backfield, his speed and hips make him a threat with the ball in his hands, too.

Collins played quarterback and defensive back in high school, using his speed to create big plays on one end and eliminate them on the other. And his speed grew considerably from his junior year to his senior year, likely jumping from the 4.55-4.60 range into the 4.4s. He separates so much better in his senior tape, and you can really see his acceleration when he plants a foot into the ground and explodes upfield. He's also tremendously elusive with the ball and shows some return capabilities.

But his brightest future might be as a free safety or nickel corner. At 6-0 185, Collins has nice size for the position, and his ball skills — as you might expect — are outstanding. But what you probably didn't expect is that Collins can be an absolutely mashing hitter, using his pads to separate receivers from the ball. A lot of offense-first guys need to learn the urgency of valuing collisions, but Collins thrives in that area.

It's tough to tell on Collins's tape exactly what would happen if he were placed at cornerback against a top-tier receiver, and it's difficult to tell exactly how much polish his cover skills have. But at this point, he's a good-sized player who can run, who has ball skills and can hit, and that's a tremendous value to have.

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