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Position could be factor in Collins' decision

6/25/2012

DALLAS -- ESPN 300 athlete Chevoski Collins is in no rush to make a decision on where he’ll go to college.

That’s partly because the Livingston, Texas, product is trying to get himself in the right mindset for his senior season. But his delay in announcing his verbal commitment also has to do with his yearning to play on a particular side of the ball.

“I just like to score,” he said. “I’ve been playing offense my whole life and that’s what I really want to play is offense.”

Problem is, two of his favorite programs, Texas and Oklahoma, most likely want him to play defense.

When the Longhorns offered him on May 3, they did so as a defensive back. Oklahoma offered him as an athlete a few days before Texas and Collins admits it’s likely for defense as well.

Collins, the No. 29 athlete and No. 242 player overall, said he has spoken to the Longhorns about the possibility of playing wide receiver, but not that much has come from it.

“I’ve really just been talking to [Texas secondary coach] Duane Akina,” he said. “[Playing offense is] something I really haven’t been going over too much. I’m just trying to work out at my school and stuff like that.”

Collins didn’t get the opportunity to make his mark as a receiver during either of Texas’ two camps earlier this month due to family obligations. He said he’d make his way back to Austin on an official visit to hopefully clear up some questions he has.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder will likely make an official visit to Oklahoma as well. The Sooners can thank assistant coach James Patton for much of Collins’ interest as well as a little ribbing he gave the OU coach about the NBA finals.

“I’ve been giving him a hard time about that,” Collins said. “He’s a really good guy. He’s a real cool guy and our relationship is really good.”

In addition to the Red River rivals, Collins is also interested in Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas Tech.

“Tech and Baylor want me as a receiver [but it doesn’t give them an advantage] because I have that real good chemistry with Texas and Oklahoma,” he said. “They have a lot of history.”

One ace Texas has up its sleeve that the others don’t, though, is a family member on its roster. Longhorns defensive end Cedric Reed is Collins’s cousin, and he’s been doing plenty of recruiting on behalf of Texas’ coaches.

“He just tells me that Texas is where it’s at,” he said.

Also, former Longhorns running back Ivan Williams used to coach Collins and they still stay in contact. So he is constantly being reminded of what it means to be a Longhorn.

Collins traveled to Dallas last week to participate in the New Level Athletics Defensive Backs School, hosted at Dallas Carter, and spent the workout as a receiver. He was tested but performed well against some of the state’s top defenders (Tony Brown, Nick Harvey, Brandon Simmons, Edward Paris, Jaylon Scott and Dakota Austin among others).