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.
"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.