During his first full year as a starter 2014 Stone Mountain (Ga.) athlete Jordan Collier was used all over the field on the defensive side of the ball. Whether it was as a safety, rover or linebacker, Collier was counted on to make plays.
He finished the year with 96 tackles, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Solid enough numbers to garner attention from schools like Florida State, Duke and Georgia Tech.
During the season, it was Collier taking the visits but the last few weeks have seen coaches pop in to see him. Recently Virginia Tech and Florida stopped in for a visit.
"I talked to [VT defensive backs coach] Torrian Gray and he told me he wants to see my film and that we'll keep talking," Collier said. "I had a long talk with [Florida tight ends coach Derek] Lewis and he said he thinks I can play big-time ball and that they like me."
As far as his on-campus visits, Collier was on hand for the Seminoles early season win over the Tigers and came away very impressed with what he saw in Tallahassee.
"I had a real good time," Collier said. "My old teammate Ukeme Eliowe showed me around, the atmosphere was great, they're my No. 1 school right now."
While Collier has yet to pick up his first offer, the Seminoles are at the top of his wish list and he said he keeps in regular contact with the staff.
Another school that impressed Collier in the fall was Duke. The Blue Devils reached a bowl for the first time in 15 years this season and he was on campus for the big win over North Carolina.
"Duke was pretty fun," Collier said. "The fans were really into the game and I felt like they helped them win. It was a great experience."
Collier was also in regular contact with the Cincinnati coaching staff before coach Butch Jones accepted the job at Tennessee. Even though he hasn't heard from any of the new Vols coaches yet, he's confident that once his film gets around interest will continue to increase.
"I'm working on getting faster and stronger," Collier said. "I have a lot of camps lined up, I think I'm going to go to Florida, Virginia Tech and Florida State. I just need to keep getting better so I'll be ready to show what I can do when given the chance."