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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Junior QB shines in workout for Ohio State

By Brad Bournival

If all goes as planned for Stephen Collier (Leesburg, Ga./Lee County), there could be a fifth offer handed out to a junior quarterback by Ohio State.

The only junior prospects currently with offers for the Buckeyes are Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville), Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway), Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) and Zack Darlington (Apopka, Fla./Apopka).

But that could change.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Collier worked out in front of Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman, and things couldn’t have gone better according to the junior standout.

“Obviously I can’t talk to [Herman] because of NCAA rules, but he said it went good and he wants to see me in camp,” Collier said. “He wants Urban Meyer to see me live. He said it went well.

“He liked the intangibles for the most part. He liked the way the ball comes off my hands. It was all good things.”

Collier certainly knows about the Buckeyes, so just garnering the attention is big for him. A standout in Atlanta’s Elite 11 regional, Collier has seen his recruiting take off. The Buckeyes' interest has him counting the days until he can get to one of the two June camps Ohio State will have.

“Definitely, I’ll make that trip up there,” Collier said. “I used to live in Northern Kentucky, so I’m no stranger to the Buckeyes. I definitely know the prestige they bring to the football field. I’ll be getting up there.

“If I get an offer, it would be huge. It’s a great school with a great tradition. They’re one of the premier programs in the nation. For them to see that much in me, an offer would be great.”

Collier has made it tough not to get programs around the nation excited.

Last season, he threw for 1,788 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 500 yards, adding 11 more scores in eight games for the Trojans.

“I’m just a competitor,” Collier said. “I compete on and off the field in everything I do. I want to have the highest grades.

“I have a 4.3 grade-point average and that reflects on the field. I just want to be the best and will do whatever it takes to be the best. I had to beat out a senior and worked 24/7 to get there and was able to do that after three games.”

Collier currently has offers from Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee and Troy, and is gaining interest from Alabama, Arkansas, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State and North Carolina.