Santa Monica (Calif.) defensive back Cameron Collins has been one of the tougher players to reach over the last couple of months. The talented safety took official visits to Oregon and Oregon State and we heard rumors recently that Collins had committed to one of the schools.
Collins, 6-2, 195 pounds is one of the elite defensive backs in the West region this year. We loved him on film following his junior season where he earned All-CIF honors after racking up 69 tackles and picking off four passes. The athlete is a huge hitter and covers well for a safety.
This season, Collins missed the teams first four games with a broken hand. He played his first two games back with a cast on his hand and was only 100% for the last four games but still finished the year with 70 tackles including back to back games of 17 and 18 tackle performances.
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As for the rumored commitment, Collins said it's true and he's indeed headed to the Northwest.
"I committed a couple of weeks ago to Oregon State," Collins said. "In addition to the two Oregon schools, I also visited Villanova and was looking at Stanford. I wasn't able to get in to Stanford and Villanova was cool but I wanted to play in a bigger football conference.
"So it really came down to Oregon State and Oregon and between the two, I just felt more comfortable at Oregon State. I loved the environment there and really bonded well with the coaches and players. It just seemed more like a family at Oregon State and I loved the city there as well.
"I had home visits with Stanford and Oregon but I knew Oregon State was where I wanted to go so a couple of weeks ago, I called them up and said I was ready to commit. I'm excited and think I'll have a great opportunity to play next year at Oregon State. I can play either safety spot but they like me more for strong safety and that's fine with me."