"WVU is Getting A Great Player"

So says Fortier High Scool defensive coordinator Kevin Roussell, who talked to BlueGoldNews.com about the commitment of defensive end Tory Collins to the Mountaineers.

"His strength is rushing the passer," said Roussell of his prize defender. "He's a two time all state defensive end, and a four year starter for us. He plays defensive tackle in our 3-4, but he'll probably be a defensive end in college."

Collins also plays guard at times for Fortier, but his future looks to be on the defensive side of the ball.

Roussell, who played high school football against WVU assistant coach Calvin Magee, notes that Collins, while noted for rushing the passer, is no slouch against the run either.

"When we had him at football camp, he asked about what he needed to do to get better, but the staff couldn't come up with much. He does many things well - he's a well-rounded player. He's physical, has good football instincts, and uses his hands well."

Off the field, Collins is just as impressive, according to Roussell. A team captain, Collins is "the kind of guy you'd like to bring home to mom." Collins is at a qualifying level in GPA, and is close to obtaining a qualifying test score. He will test again in October.

Among those schools recruiting Collins, LSU and Florida stand out. Collins was drawing comparisons to Florida standout defensive end Alex Brown, and was being heavily recruited by the homestate Tigers. However, after his visit to West Virginia this past weekend, Collins became convinced Morgantown was the place for him.

"He had a West Virginia shirt on today," said Roussell. "He had a great visit and really enjoyed himself. I think West Virginia stole one from LSU."

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