ESPN 300 ATH Collins nears decision

LIVINGSTON, Texas -- Livingston High School athlete Chevoski Collins doesn't leave the field often these days.

When it comes to using the term "athletes" for football recruits, Collins seems to perfectly fit the bill. Take as an example his most recent game, a 42-35 win over Orange (Texas) Little Cypress-Mauriceville.

Collins lined up at quarterback on offense, at safety on defense and also was on the kickoff return team. There's little that the 6-foot, 190-pound athlete can't do.

"I like being on the field all the time if I can," Collins said. "Sometimes you have to take a break. But I like playing both sides of the ball. I just love knowing that I can help my team out in every way."

So does Livingston coach Randy Rowe. In the win over Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Collins ably engineered the Lions' option offense, carrying the ball 15 times for 124 yards and 4 touchdowns.

"He's a two-way player for us and is a third-year starter," Rowe said. "He's just a football player. He made some great plays defensively and obviously ran the ball very hard. He'll play somewhere at the next level."

No question about that. Collins has plenty of opportunities waiting for him at the next level and he has narrowed his choices to four: Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas.

He'll announce his decision at 11:15 a.m. CT Monday at Livingston High School.

"It feels like the right time so I can just put it behind and move forward on my senior season," he said.

Collins mentioned that he has good relationships with the staffs at each of the schools that are his finalists. He talks to Baylor cornerbacks coach Carlton Buckels almost weekly, and he cited a positive relationship with TCU head coach Gary Patterson. As for Oklahoma, he said he has a good connection with defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, receivers coach Jay Norvell and interior offensive line coach James Patton. At Texas, it's defensive tackles coach Bo Davis, defensive backs coach Duane Akina, receivers coach Darrell Wyatt as well as head coach Mack Brown.

He recently visited Oklahoma for its game against Kansas State, but he isn't planning any other visits before his announcement.

"It's been good, just to know that I have the opportunity to play at the next level," Collins said. "Just getting recruited was a real good, fun process and everything. I had a coach helping me the whole way, [Livingston secondary] coach [Stevie] Moore, he was helping me the whole time. Whenever I needed something, I knew I could call him no matter the time of day; he's going to be there for me."

As for what position he'll play at the next level, Collins said he's unsure. He's willing to play either side of the ball.

He did mention wanting to out-perform a fellow Division I prospect who was across the field Friday: Little Cypress-Mauriceville running back Alex Sezer, a Texas A&M commitment.

"I just wanted to outdo Sezer," he said with a laugh. "I didn't get that A&M offer so I wanted to outdo Sezer."

Collins missed the Lions' second game of the season after suffering a sprained knee in their season opener, but he said he's 100 percent now. Rowe's happy to see it and is willing to put Collins on the field whenever he desires.

"He plays fast, he played 7-on-7 all summer, he runs, he lifts," Rowe said. "He may get a little bit tired, but him at 85 percent is pretty good still."