Local Athlete Gets Pac-10 Looks

He's 6-2, 195-pounder Cameron Collins from Santa Monica High, and he's getting recruited as an "athlete," which means a receiver, defensive back or even a linebacker. Collins has six scholarship offers and three schools stand out as his favorites...

With six scholarship offers to his credit, it's three schools that haven't offered that athlete Cameron Collins (6-2, 195) from Santa Monica (Calif.) High has at the top of his wish list.

"Stanford, California and UCLA haven't offered me yet, but we're all still talking," said Collins. "They all came by my school and said they were going to watch me a little more."

Collins does, however, have offers from Boise State, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, Air Force (pending completion of their application process) and UC Davis.

"I'm really wide open right now. I like the Pac-10 schools, though," said Collins.

Last season, Collins was named to the all-CIF Division IV team after he 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 as a receiver. Against rival Beverly Hills, he had his best day on both sides of the ball, grabbing eight passes for 136 yards and recording 13 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

Because of his versatility, many of the schools recruiting him don't know quite yet where he would plug in, position-wise, in college. "I'm getting recruited as an athlete by most schools. I can play safety, linebacker or receiver. Honestly, it doesn't matter what position I play, whatever I can do to help the team," said Collins.

In terms of visiting campuses, Collins has twice been to Cal this spring, once for their Junior Day and the other for their one-day camp last weekend. He went to the Stanford Nike Camp last month and has been to the UCLA campus because of its proximity to his home.

"Coach Tipton is recruiting me at Stanford, Coach (DeWayne) Walker is recruiting me at UCLA and Coach Gould is recruiting me for Cal," said Collins.

Collins said he prefers to stay in-state, not surprising considering his top three schools. But it's not the only thing he's looking for in a school. Collins said, "I'm going to go where I have the best opportunity to play. My parents want the decision to be mine. If I have to get out of state, I will. Obviously, UCLA is close to home and Cal and Stanford are in-state, but it's whatever is the best opportunity for me."

This spring, coaches from each of the three leaders visited the Santa Monica campus along with Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State.


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