Collins Moving Up With Pac-10

The 6-2, 195-pound safety/wide receiver prospect from Santa Monica, Cameron Collins, has moved up to the #3-ranked safety in California after an impressive beginning to his senior season, and he's getting some worthy recruiting attention from the Pac-10...

Santa Monica (Calif.) receiver/safety Cameron Collins (6-1 ½, 195) took his second official trip over the weekend, to Oregon State, which was also the second time he had ventured to the state of Oregon.

"It went well," said Collins. "It was my second trip, I had gone to Oregon earlier. I like both of the schools I've visited a lot. They have two totally different feels, though, and I took that into account. The whole communities are pretty different. Oregon has more flash while Oregon State has more of a family environment. Of course, the Oregon-Oklahoma game was more rowdy, as rowdy as it gets, but Oregon State-Washington State was exciting, too."

Collins, who is now ranked the #3 safety in the state of California, said he was going to likely take his remaining three trips, to Stanford, Boise State and Villanova, though no dates have been set for those trips.

"I'm still hearing a little bit from Cal and UCLA, but not as much as the others," said Collins. "I would probably take unofficial trips there if I did anything."

In the meantime, Collins, recently ranked 27th nationally at safety by and given four stars, is focusing on the aforementioned five schools, all who have offered. "I'm still pretty wide open at this point," said Collins. "All five schools have a real shot. I'm just taking the visits to see all that I can."

Collins said that Stanford remains heavily in the mix, but he's still working on gaining admittance. "With Stanford, I still have to get in first," said Collins. "I'm doing the application and I'm on the latter part of it. It's a little bit more than I thought it would be. I'm not going to lie, its longer than I thought. But I feel like I'm learning a lot just by filling it out."

The Cardinal staff has indicated to Collins that they want him on defense first, but that offense could also be an option for him. "They have me as their #1 safety but also as their #3 receiver on their board," said Collins. "I'm open to anything, though, I just want to play."

Holding a 3.75 GPA and scoring a 1580 on his first crack at the SAT, Collins is planning to retake it in November to get a better score. "I took some prep classes a while ago, just for the SAT," said Collins. "Stanford wanted me to take it again and improve my score."

Earlier this season, Collins suffered a minor hand injury, but said he's doing fine and it turned out to be nothing too major.

"I've been doing alright this year," said Collins. "We're 3-2 going into Ocean League this weekend. We just want to start off strong against Morningside."

Last week against Los Alamitos, Collins had nine tackles in the loss.

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. Against rival Beverly Hills, he had his best day, grabbing eight passes for 136 yards and recording 13 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

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