SaMo Athlete Heating Up

Santa Monica (Calif.) safety/receiver Cameron Collins has one Pac-10 offer, another on the brink, and a few more schools, including UCLA, that he's interested in.

Santa Monica (Calif.) High athlete Cameron Collins was one of the non-Ventura County players to pop up on the All-CIF Division IV team this past fall, and his play has allowed him to receive his first offer from Oregon State.

"Oregon State offered me and Oregon could be next," said Collins. "I'm getting recruited as a safety or wide receiver. Oregon State offered me as an athlete."

Another school that has began to show more interest is UCLA, a school that Collins is mutually interested in.

"Oh, I'm definitely interested in UCLA. I like all of the California schools, Cal, Stanford, USC, but UCLA is real close to home," Collins said. "I could leave the state, that is no problem. But I wouldn't mind staying close to home."

Regardless, Collins said he wouldn't be making an early decision.

"I want to get as many offers as possible so I know I have everything to choose from," Collins said. "But I want to take some of my visits too."

During the 2005 season, Collins finished with 69 tackles and four interceptions as well as a pair of fumble recoveries. He also added 39 receptions for 547 yards and four touchdowns. Against rival Beverly Hills, he had his best day, grabbing eight passes for 136 yards and recording 13 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

Academically, Collins is in great shape, holding a 3.75 GPA and scoring a 1540 on the SAT, though he plans to take it again.

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