January 9, 2012

2013 star opening eyes nationally

When the Texas Longhorns hosted their summer camps last June, it was expected that the players from the class of 2012 class would dominate the event. While the soon-to-be seniors did show well, including a number of Longhorn commitments, there were a handful of juniors that more than held their own. One of the top performers from the 2013 class was Livingston's Chevoski Collins.

The 5-11, 185-pound Collins worked out at receiver at the Longhorn camp, and he again put his talents on display on Friday at the U.S. Army National Combine.

"I want to come to showcase my skills, show everybody what I can do against some of the best," Collins said. "It's just the competition, it makes me want to play harder, compete better."

Collins was able to make some plays at the Army Combine with his natural athleticism, and he lists his strengths as a receiver as his ability to run good routes, catch the ball cleanly and beat press coverage at the line of scrimmage. College coaches have taken notice and Collins is hoping to hit a number of junior days over the next few months.

He's talked to Texas about a junior day visit. TCU stopped by Livingston this week and invited him to its junior day on February 11. Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Texas A&M have mentioned junior day invites, he's now getting mail from the likes of Alabama and Oklahoma State, and Oregon has made contact via facebook.

Wyatt is planning to hit junior days at TCU, Texas and Texas A&M. He's going to try to make his way up to Norman for an OU junior day and a stop at Texas Tech is also a possibility.

At this point, the 5-11, 185-pound pass-catcher is keeping an open mind with the recruiting process, but he does have a handful of schools that are standing out. Collins does not plan to make an early commitment, saying he doesn't want to rush into a decision and would like to discuss his options with his parents as the offers begin to come in.

The following are Collins' thoughts on his early favorites.

Alabama - They've really been good the past few years. Their coaches do a lot and I'm ready to see them play LSU in the national championship on Monday.

LSU - I just like coach (Les) Miles, what he's doing down there with them. They have a really good team.

Oklahoma - I just like the coaching staff, coach (Bob) Stoops. They have a really good program going up there. They know what they're doing up there.

Oklahoma State - They've built a good program in the past couple years and they're doing really well. They played a good game against Stanford too. Justin Blackmon is a beast.

TCU - The big thing about them, they've moved to the Big 12, so that's going to give them a chance at the national championship. That's going to help them and that's going to make a lot of people want to go there with them playing in that conference.

Texas - I really like Texas a lot. From experience, I have a cousin that goes there (Cedric) Reed. And coach Mack Brown runs a really good program. They have a lot of young guys, should be really good really soon.


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