I am very excited to have this kid committed to the Tide (despite the lack of support from his mother). He seems like beast on the field and from all that I've read has a great work ethic.
Now, based on his announcement last night and the subsequent comments from his mother, there was/is some concern that if she's in his ear from now until signing day, we could have a flip on our hands. However, here are some quotes from him about his decision to roll with the Tide:
"I've known for awhile," Collins said. "I've known for a long time, since two years ago, that I wanted to come to Alabama. I just haven't committed because my parents wanted me to wait and make my announcement at the Under Armour All-America Game.
"I was at a game when they were playing Florida, and it felt tremendous. I just felt like 'wow.' It's a big stadium, beautiful, and it just felt like home. It's a peaceful place, a beautiful place. I always like to try new things I guess."
"It's my life," he said. "I've got to feel at home wherever I go, and I've got to be happy."
"He's one of the best coaches," Collins said. "He's going to get you in the pros no matter what and get you some playing time. You're going to become great under him. You're not going to have a pushover, and you're going to play with the best of the best and have to compete always."
h/t Greg Ostendorf of Tidesports
Now it's obvious that a verbal commit isn't 100% until Fax Cam Girl puts his name on the fax machine (in the sexiest way imaginable to perform such a task), but it's looking good for the home team that, at a minimum, we will have this kid busting heads on special teams by the time we kick off in Jerryworld. Hop on board, Ms. Collins; we've got a seat for you too in BDS. Cheers and RTR!