Thursday, February 14, 2013
Watch List CB Cedric Collins talks Aggies
By Sam Khan Jr.
Before Texas A&M became the talk of college football, before Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy, before the Aggies surprised onlookers with their first-year success in the SEC, they were able to reel in their first 2014 commitment.
Dallas Skyline cornerback Cedric Collins was the first prospect in the 2014 class to pledge to the Aggies. And he did it before their memorable 2012 season.
A few schools have contacted Class of 2014 cornerback Cedric Collins, but he remains solid with Texas A&M.
"I was kind of surprised, but I knew how good that coaching staff was," Collins said Wednesday. "So it wasn't that surprising to me."
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound ESPN Watch List cornerback said life has treated him well since Aug. 22, the day he announced his decision.
"Things have been good," Collins said. "I've just been working on getting faster and getting more endurance. I've also been working on my classes to get ready for college."
With the Aggies' recent success, it's a good time to be known as a future Aggie, Collins said.
"It's been great," he said. "Every time I go to the store, there's somebody with A&M gear on or somebody knows you in the store. So it's been cool, talking football with people like that."
His commitment hasn't stopped colleges from checking in on him. Other schools are sure to keep in touch with Collins to find out how strong his commitment is to the Aggies. And he continues to inform them that he is solid to Texas A&M.
"USC has contacted me on Facebook, trying to get me to come down or whatever," Collins said. "Them and Nebraska have been on me kind of hard. Notre Dame has checked on me. They'll ask me, am I still solid. And I tell them yes."
Collins attended the Aggies' first junior day Jan. 27 and had a positive experience.
"It was great," he said. "It was nice just talking to the other recruits and some of the guys that were already there. I spent a lot of time talking to Alex Sezer. He's a real cool guy."
Collins said he also intends to get down to Aggieland for some spring practices. He also has his eyes on other players from his area whom he'd like to convince to come with him to A&M, like safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner and cornerback Ed Paris. It's part of the benefit of being the first commitment of a class.
"It feels good to be the first," Collins said. "I was on before any other  guys were. Now I'm just working on helping us get some other good players in this class."