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A&M commit Collins improving in silence

7/10/2013



ESPN 300 cornerback Cedric Collins (Dallas/Skyline) has been out of the spotlight in previous months. On purpose.

Collins committed to Texas A&M almost 11 months ago. The four-star cornerback has put his focus more on working to improve and less on being in the news. He’s up early every morning putting in hours on the track, in the weight room and on the football field. Agility drills are commonplace with every workout.

For Collins, he said he’s worried more about the player he can become and not the player he is currently.

“I’m just doing me right now,” Collins said. “I stopped looking at the rankings; I don’t have my mindset on that anymore. I’m just working on getting better.”

At 5-foot-10 and 178 pounds, Collins has put on nearly 10 pounds since the end of the 2012 season. One look at Collins shows that he’s adding muscle to his frame. Physically, he’s ready for the upcoming season. Mentally, Collins said he’s as focused as ever.

“I’m learning more man [coverage] techniques this year,” Collins said. “Right now, it’s all about no touchdowns. I might get caught on, but I want to have low pass completions and a lot of tackles. I want to help my team win games.”

As for his commitment to Texas A&M, Collins said he’s still very solid and is excited about the opportunity to play for coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff. Despite having additional offers from Baylor, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and others, Collins is looking forward to putting on the Aggie uniform.

“I love it at A&M. It’s like a home away from home.” Collins said. “I love all the coaches and especially all the fans. You can’t leave them.”