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Colin Janice: DB in college, DE for now

8/19/2012

At 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, Colin Janice (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark) is one of the smallest defensive ends around. At least for the time being.

Janice lines up for West Orange-Stark at defensive end out of necessity. His natural position is in the secondary, but because of his speed and strength, he competes on the line and serves as a reliable pass-rusher.

As Janice gets prepares for college, look for him to see more time as a defensive back.

“My preferred position is safety or cornerback,” he said, “but at my school, we’re put at positions to help the team. I’ll come down and hit before everyone else.”

Janice played safety his freshman and sophomore years but was moved to a roving defensive end as a junior. It’s Janice’s adaptability that may be what attracts college coaches in the long run. Last month, Janice caught the attention of fans and the media playing safety for WOS in the Texas State 7-on-7 Championships in College Station, Texas.

A speedy defender who uses his athleticism to break up plays, Janice currently has an offer from McNeese State. Janice also is receiving looks from UTEP and SMU. North Texas also has touched base with him during his recruiting process.

“UTEP’s been looking at me hard,” Janice said. “I’ve really been hearing from them and SMU. I’m not hearing a lot from too many other schools right now, but I look forward to doing good in my season and hearing from some more after the season.

“I feel like my 1-on-1 skills have gotten better, and my cover skills have gotten better. I think I showed [at 7-on-7 state] that I can hold receivers.”