Landon Collins is one of the top safeties in the nation. Many consider him to be in the top two at his position. At “The Opening” SPARQ testing in Oregon, he proved that he was the number one athlete in the country. He jumped a 44 inch vertical and then followed that up with a 4.4 forty time.
The Louisiana native talked about representing the Bayou in Oregon.
“It felt good. I went up there and gave it my all. Whatever the outcome was, I just went up there to do my best,” he said about “The Opening.”
Last season, Collins had 102 tackles and four interceptions. This year, he is planning to push his team to win a state title.
“The team is looking real good passing wise and defensive wise. I have been a leader since my sophomore year. I am just going out there working hard and pushing my team. I am trying to get that state championship.”
With offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC, he still hasn’t made a decision.
“LSU, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee are recruiting me really hard,” he said. He followed that up by saying his top five are “LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas and Florida.”
Right now, the coaches are not allowed to contact him per NCAA rules. Once September 1st hits, that will all change and he is looking forward to seeing who calls him first.
“Recruiting is going well, it is kind of laid back right now,” he said. “It will probably pick up in September when the [coaches] start calling me. I wonder who is going to be the first one to call.”
Out of the all schools in Florida, only the Gators still remain on his list.
“Florida Gators. I used to feel Miami, but I fell off with them. I guess they weren’t recruiting me and felt I wasn’t one of the players they wanted. I don’t know, probably because they have new coaches or whatever. Florida State, no. I have no interest in a team that is already stacked and trying to beat everyone out.
Collins, 6-foot and 200, talked more about the Gators. “The coaching staff right now. My brother went down there and he got everything he wanted. They took care of him. He said it was a good place and great city.”
In a college, he wants a program where he can get his degree. Thinking of his future, he knows football doesn’t last forever and you have to have a plan B.
“Academics, I want to get my degree before anything. Because if I do get hurt, I need something to fall back on. Football is a ten year sport if you make it to the next level, so I need something to fall back on. In the coaching staff, the main thing is trust. Trust in the coaches, trust in the players and trust in the people you are surrounded by.”