Collins still wide open

La Quinta produced a major blue-chipper last year in Michael Craven, and they are bidding to go two-for-two with 6-0, 185-pound <b>Frederick Collins</b>. Collins is considered part of an exclusive list of runners in SoCal that are top-gets; Lorenzo Booker, Marcus O'Keith, and Hershell Dennis are the other three dignitaries. While those three have named clear favorites, Frederick is about as wide-open as you could get right now.

"Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Texas, USC, UCLA, Michigan State and Washington," Collins told when listing the schools that have been paying him the most attention so far. All have offered scholarships.

Collins is only playing tailback for La Quinta right now, and is assuming that will be his position of choice in college. "I'm pretty sure they are," Frederick said when asked about being recruited strictly on offense. "But they haven't really said one way or the other."

Has Frederick set up any official trips yet? "Not yet," he said. "Probably for sure Texas A&M, but other than that I don't know."

Rick Neuheisel is the coach recruiting Collins for the Huskies. "Coach Neuheisel called me," he said. "He said that he's excited about recruiting me." Frederick has an uncle that lives in Washington.

There's no top-5 right now for Collins, but Arizona, Arizona State and Texas A&M seem to be foremost in his mind. "I don't know why I like them, I just do right now," he said.

Although unaware of his current offensive stats, it's clear that Frederick is a player. He gained over 2500 yards on the ground as a junior and scored 30 touchdowns. With all that output, Collins thinks he's still progressing as a player and athlete. "I've got a little more speed and strength than I did last year. They are throwing the ball more to me, trying to get me involved in more one-on-one situations."

We'll be in touch with Frederick later when he's established his five official trips. Top Stories