Just get four-star athlete Chevoski Collins (Livingston, Texas/Livingston) on the field. That’s the best advice Livingston head coach Randy Rowe has for Texas’ coaches. The rest will play out itself.
Whether it’s at a position to be determined by Longhorns defensive backs coach Duane Akina, or split out wide for Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite.
The Longhorns recruited Collins, who committed to Texas over Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State, as a defensive back. But he always maintained that there would be a chance for him to play on offense, which is what he preferred for the longest time.
HornsNation checked in with Rowe to talk about Collins' future at Texas.
HornsNation: Where would you play Collins if you were Texas' coaches?
Randy Rowe: Well I don’t know if they need my advice but I think he does great things with the ball in his hand. I think Coach Akina got it right. I think he can play corner and has the physical-ness to play safety too. Plus he can return kicks. I think just being a safety or a corner and returning kicks.
HN: Why do you like him in the secondary more than on offense?
Rowe: I would just say because he is physical and he’ll hit you. I like his added ability to flip his hips as they say. He can really cover. It’s a biased opinion but I think you’ll see what I’m talking about.
HN: What is it about Collins, the No. 253 recruit overall in 2013, that you appreciate the most?
Rowe: I like his intelligence, his football intelligence. He studies the game. I don’t even know how to put it.
HN: What about his defensive back abilities?
Rowe: College coaches like to say he has tremendous hips. If you put him on the track in the 100, he might not win the race. But if you put a football in his arm he is going to get it done. He’s a tremendous competitor too.
HN: Recruiting can get into the head of these prospects sometime. Did you see Collins change through it all or did he always stay the same?
Rowe: I think he is a very genuine person. I think it’s difficult for any young man. A lot of people might not know this, it was the previous regime, but after his sophomore year A&M offered him. They gave him a verbal that he could come in. I’ve been doing this 23 years, 16 as a head coach, and I’ve never had that happened. And I’ve had the pleasure of coaching some great young men. It really started after his sophomore year. I tried to ease him up as a freshman. I moved him up the last couple of practices. But he broke his collarbone in practice.
HN: What will you miss the most about Collins?
Rowe: I am just looking forward to his great success. The thing I’ll remember about him is his great smile. He had a great personality. Everybody likes him. I think he’s a natural leader. I’ll miss him coming into the office and we’ll be having our football discussions. He studies athletics. We might talk about the NBA or what’s going on in the NFL. He is just an impressive young man and I know he’ll do well.