The University of Alabama is hoping to find a safety to start opposite Robert Lester before the Crimson Tide’s opener against Michigan. It’s best bet may be sitting in the stands on Saturday for A-Day.
2012 signee Landon Collins, a five-star safety from Geismar, La., is expected to visit Tuscaloosa for the Tide’s spring game. He’s looking forward to making a return trip to UA but wishes he was out on the field with the rest of the team.
“I’m excited but not in the excited way I want to be because I want to be on the field,” Collins said. “But I’m excited to go back. I always am.”
Collins can’t wait to graduate high school and enroll at Alabama. He’s literally counting down the days.
Saturday’s visit will make it two weekends in a row that the Under Armour All-American has driven over to Tuscaloosa. Collins was on campus last weekend to watch the Tide practice.
“It went fine,” Collins said. “I just came up to watch practice, see how things are going, get to know everybody and get close with everybody so when I get up there, it will be alright. I started to learn the defensive schemes, and that’s pretty much it.”
Collins spent the majority of his time with former Dutchdown High School running back Eddie Lacy while he was in town. He also hung out with Dillon Lee and Amari Cooper, a couple of the early enrollees.
Although the competition for the other safety spot has been fierce and Alabama has a lot of talent battling at the position, UA head coach Nick Saban is looking forward to Collins getting on campus and fighting for the spot.
“I talked to Coach Saban a lot,” Collins said. “He just can’t wait until I get up there. I’m very excited to get there, overly excited, really.”
Collins is in the middle of track season, but he has still found time to do the Alabama workouts. The 6-foot, 210-pound safety hasn’t put on any weight because of track, but he says he’s already more muscular.
“All I’ve been doing is the Bama workouts, and I have track meets, so I have to focus on track right now, too,” Collins said. “The Bama workout is tough. I do a lot. I’m doing power cleans, shrugs, mostly shoulders and upper body and a lot of lower body with squats and leg curls.”
On Saturday morning, Collins and the other 2012 signees who are in town are scheduled to take their physicals at UA.