One of the top athletes in the state this year is Santa Monica (Calif.) defensive back Cameron Collins. Collins is a great looking defensive back prospect but his most recent offer came on the offensive side of the ball.
Collins, 6-2, 195 pounds is one of the elite safeties in the entire West region. He has size and athleticism, is always around the ball and is a huge hitter. He has also shown during the summer passing league circuit that he can more than hold his own as a wide receiver.
"Stanford was the latest school to offer me and they like me for receiver," Collins said. "It was just a verbal offer, Stanford is a little different than most schools in that you have to be accepted as a regular student before they can officially offer you anything in writing.
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"After they offered me verbally, they sent me the application and I'm in the process of filling that out right now. I'm carrying a 3.75 GPA and scored a 1540 on the SAT but they want me to take it again so that's what I'm planning to do. I visited Stanford when I went up there for the NIKE Camp and they're definitely a school I'm serious about.
"My other offers are from Oregon State, Oregon, New Mexico State, Boise State and Air Force. I leave tomorrow for Colorado for an unofficial visit and they told me they're planning to offer me while I'm there. I like everyone that has offered me right now but if I had to narrow it down, I would say my favorites are the Pac 10 schools plus Colorado."
As for a timeline on his decision, Collins said he wouldn't mind getting things done early.
"I would like to commit before the season if I can," Collins said. "I don't want to rush anything though and if it doesn't feel right, I'm not going to commit just to commit but if it feels right, I would like to get it over with so I can just focus on the season and school next year."
As a junior, Collins earned 1st team all-league and all-CIF honors after racking up 69 tackles with four picks. He added 39 catches for 547 yards and five touchdowns on offense.