The Texas Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class just got a whole lot more dynamic with the news that 4-star athlete Chevoski Collins has verbally committed.
Gerry Hamilton of 247Sports.com reports Collins' decision:
Shortly after 10am this morning, four-star athlete Chevoski Collins of Livingston announced his intent to play for the Longhorns. Collins is the 14th member of the Longhorns’ class of 2013.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Collins made his announcement at the Livingston Field House in front of friends and family. After taking his time and making a number of unofficial visits around the state and region, and making an official visit to Oklahoma, the East Texas product ended his recruitment announcing for the Longhorns over Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Baylor.
Collins is going to be a very important addition to Mack Brown's 2013 class, and he'll certainly be bringing a lot to the table. He's only 5'11'', 185 pounds, but Rivals.com has him running a very good 4.5 40-yard dash, so he has the speed teams are looking for in a guy of his size.
The highlights you'll see here are of him playing quarterback in an option-read offense, but even though he won't be playing quarterback for the Longhorns, you can still what's going to make him such an essential part of this team.
Coming into Texas with experience at quarterback at the high school level, he's going to display a good, basic knowledge of coverages, which will really help him if Texas decides to play him in the secondary. He'll already have built-in field vision, which will help him in coverage when it comes to reading the quarterback or receiver and knowing what they are trying to do.
If Texas plays him at receiver, knowledge of the quarterback position can only help him. He'll have a better understanding of routes and how to get open against different coverages. The ability to read coverages as a receiver is highly understated at the college level.
You can also see a natural display of athleticism in his highlights.
He's got quick feet and the ability to make sharp cuts, which are both necessities. This will come into play in the secondary, or even if the Longhorns decide to use him as a wideout or kick returner.
Players at the skill positions have to be able to take sharp, crisp angles, and that all comes down to footwork. As a former quarterback, Collins will have the footwork aspect of the game down, and it's rather evident that he's athletic enough to make plays in the open field on either side of the ball, or as a returner.
Brown and the Longhorns are going to be getting an extremely versatile player that they will be able to use however they see fit. He can be a defensive back, a kick returner or a wide receiver. Collins has the potential to be a very effective football player at the college level if the Longhorns can put him in the position to make plays.
I have no doubt that Brown and the Longhorns will be able to do just that.