FORNEY, Texas – The decision was something of a shocker to some, absolutely no surprise to others.
2014 cornerback Cedric Collins (Dallas/Skyline) glanced at the Nebraska and Baylor caps next to him, but when it was all said and done Wednesday evening at Eastside Church of Christ, he looked to his left, picked up the Texas A&M cap and wore it proudly.
Collins became the Aggies’ first commitment of the 2014 recruiting class, overjoying Aggies fans and disappointing the Cornhuskers and Bears fans who thought he was a heavy lean to their schools.
“I really liked the recruiting process, but it was really hard,” Collins said. “I had to sit down and think about the schools I really liked. It was a decision where you tell yourself you’re going to be there for a while.
“I really liked Nebraska and Baylor, but Texas A&M felt more like home to me.”
A 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback, Collins had additional offers from Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas State, Notre Dame and West Virginia, among others. He was recruited to Texas A&M by receivers coach David Beaty.
“They’re getting a kid who understands man and zone concepts,” Skyline recruiting coordinator Jason R. Garrett said. “They’re getting a seasoned guy already. Most high school kids only get 2-3 years of varsity experience. With Ced, you’re getting somebody who will play four years.”
Garrett called Collins a “cerebral player,” someone who studies the game and applies what he sees. Collins said he’s now looking to focus on the 2012 season and make it a positive learning experience.
While Texas A&M has his choice for several days, Collins added that Nebraska and Baylor had their advantages. He’s a fan of the family environment at Nebraska, and he liked the coaching staff and the proximity of Baylor.
Still, nothing was able to touch Texas A&M, and he said he plans on serving as an ambassador to and promoter for the Aggies 2014 recruiting class.
“I’ve got my boy Ty that I’m trying to get,” said Collins, referring to his Skyline teammate, 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle Ty Barrett. “There’ll be a couple others I’ll be talking to.”