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Sunday, February 10, 2013
DE L.J. Collier commits on junior day

By Damon Sayles

While everybody talked about multipurpose athlete Dee Paul during the Texas Class A Division II state championship game in December, his teammate, 2014 defensive end L.J. Collier (Munday, Texas/Munday) left a lasting impression on the 7,439 in attendance at Cowboys Stadium.

Paul signed with Texas Tech on Wednesday. Next February, Collier expects to rejoin Paul. Collier, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end, verbally committed to Texas Tech on Sunday while at the Red Raiders’ junior day, becoming the program’s fourth commitment of the 2014 class.

Collier finished the state championship game with six tackles, a sack, a pass breakup and an interception returned 35 yards for a touchdown, which aided Munday to a 42-14 rout against Tenaha, Texas. He was named the game’s defensive MVP.

Ironically, Collier didn’t have any offers or interest after that game -- except from Texas Tech.

“They were the first team to show me love,” Collier said. “No other school sent me anything.”

Recruited by co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, Collier said he enjoyed his time in Lubbock, Texas, and had an idea of where he wanted to go after talking with Paul. Collier found a new reason to like and appreciate Texas Tech after seeing how structured the academic support system is.

“The coaches really showed how much they cared, academically,” Collier said. “I liked the Marsha Sharp Center, where they bring players in and have them do homework and go through tutoring. They’ll stay on you with your academics, and I like that. I wasn’t expecting anything like that.”

Collier also said he was excited about teaming up with Paul again. Collier said he and Paul, expected to play cornerback for the Red Raiders, could be leaders for the defense in a couple of years.

“There’s a show to come with the Munday Moguls,” he said.