Things are off to a quick start for Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier sophomore offensive lineman Cameron Collins as he added his first scholarship offer.
First Star Football Report spoke with the talented offensive lineman about his offer and other schools of interest.
“I didn’t know Toledo was looking at me,” said Collins. “I’ve never visited but was excited to talk with Coach (Mike) Hallett as he’s a really good guy. It’s good to get the first offer out of the way and remove some of the stress.”
Like the rest of the country, Collins is looking to get out of the house soon and make some campus visits with Toledo being at the top of the list.
“I’m really excited to get out and visit Toledo,” he said. “I’m looking forward to visiting other schools and hopefully attend some camps. I’m ready to get back to school, practice and even conditioning sounds good right now.”
Collins has not been resting on what he did this past season as he knows to play at St. Xavier means being ready when the whistle blows.
“I’ve been lucky as I’ve got a great weight set-up in my basement and I have a good workout partner who is a freshman,” he said. “We’ve been pushing each other and have been able to run and lift to stay in shape and be ready.”
As for other schools of interest Collins has set his sights high.
“I have not spoken to many schools at this time,” he continued. “However, I’m really interested in Notre Dame and the military academies.
“I visited Notre Dame last season and the academics and prestige of Notre Dame are impressive. I don’t have any family ties to Notre Dame but was impressed and felt it calling me.
“Their facilities are top of the line and the coaching staff is amazing and was good to me. In fact, everyone I met there was great. I got a tour of campus, saw the players lounge and was overall impressed.
“As for the academies… my father and grandfather were both military guys and I think it would be great to join a community like and add my name to it by attending one of the academies.”
Another program that impressed Collins was Indiana where he camped at last summer.
“Indiana was great,” he said. “It was a big camp and I’m hoping they have camp this summer as I didn’t feel I did as well as I could have. So I would like to go back and show the coaches how much I’ve improved.
“The past twelve months have been crazy as last summer I was a scared little 230-pound sophomore to be. This year I was a starter and while I got kicked around a little bit, I grew, got tougher, gained weight (260-pounds) and have learned about myself and added technique growing as a player.”
Like the rest of the country, Collins is ready to see things get back to normal.
“It’s crazy times,” he said. “I’ve read about stuff like this happening in my history books never thinking I would experience it first hand. I’ve had to adapt in so many different ways but I’m hoping it ends as soon as possible.”
First Star Football Report will continue to follow Collins in the coming months as he continues adding offers.