WR/DB Brandon Collins Makes It Official

Brenham WR/DB Brandon Collins was the ballboy back when former teammate and current Texas SE Limas Sweed helped lead the hometown Cubs to the 4A Division II Championship game in 2002. The highly recruited Collins can expect a reunion with Sweed now that he's given his verbal to play for the Longhorns in 2007.

The 6-0, 170-pounder committed Monday, one day after attending Texas Mini-Camp. Collins came to Austin with his fingers crossed and then made his pledge to DE coach Oscar Giles (Houston area recruiter). He is the second verbal to emerge from this week's camp and Texas' 21st of the season.

"I was hoping I would get an offer when I went down Sunday," Collins told Inside Texas. "Coach Giles told me (before the Camp) to just do what you know how to do, and who knows what's gonna happen. But I kind-of felt they would offer, deep down inside."

Collins will be back in Austin on Wednesday when Sweed gives him a personal tour of the campus as well as a more in-depth look at the athletic facilities. He was an eighth-grader when Sweed was lettering for his third-and-final season in Brenham. (Sweed, of course, redshirted in 2003 and was an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 pick last year.)

"Limas used to come back in the spring and work with me," Collins said. "He's really helped my game."

Wednesday's reunion will expand next summer when both are joined by Four-Star Brenham TE Ahmard Howard, who gave his verbal on March 20.

Collins caught 39 passes for 667 yards and eight TDs last season as Brenham reached the Texas 4A state semi-finals after winning its first 14 games. He's received offers from Miami, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Wisconsin, Arizona, Texas Tech, Purdue and TCU.

"My family always helped me a lot in what I do," Collins said. "They steered me in the right direction. They were always high on Texas. What's not to like? It's got great academics, they're the national championships and they've got a great recruiting class coming in."

He does not intend to take any official visits to other programs.

"I've found what I needed to find and I basically want to get recruiting over with," he said. "Texas is a great school. There's no reason to look anywhere else."

By own his admission, Collins may not be a prototypical WR in size. But he's been clocked at 4.31 and has shown a knack for getting separation from the defender. In fact, Collins is also the starting FS and registered 50 tackles (35 solo), two INT and a team-leading 12 PBU. He actually worked with the DBs during Sunday's Mini-Camp.

"After we had introductions, we took our 40s and then we did position work. I did all my work with the DBs and mainly worked on breaking to the ball. Then we had lunch and did some more position work. Then we finished with one-on-ones."

However, it is still up in the air where Collins is projected to play at Texas.

"I talked to coach (Giles) about it, and he said they would try me on defense and they would try me on offense and they would try me at returning everything," Collins said.

In fact, Collins was on his cell phone with Giles when Inside Texas contacted him Tuesday afternoon at his Brenham home. Collins was presumably receiving the same general advice that Longhorn coaches give all of their signees.

"Coach Giles basically said don't get into trouble, do good for your high school and have a great senior year."

Collins is currently ranked No. 83 in the latest Texas Top 100.

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