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'05 FL RB Conredge Collins (Pitt signee)


Sitting around in my underwear....
220 lbs
4.53 40 yard dash
16 Bench reps
27'' Vertical leap
4,43 shuttle time
Monsignor Pace H.S. (Miami)
2.8 GPA


Collins is a brusing RB recruit projected to be one of the best in the state of Florida if not the entire nation. He ran for over 1600 yards and scored 20 TDs on his way to being named all-state and also leading his team to a state championship last year. As a sophmore he ran for 850 yards and 14 scores. Collins' father Tony played for the New England Patriots.

He just received offers from childhood favorites Miami (FL) and Florida State. He also has been offered by NCSU, Pitt, Iowa & Rutgers.

Miami and FSU are his top 2 followed by Ohio State & Michigan.

Collins wants to be a RB on the next level and the schools recruiting him as a FB may be fighting an uphill battle. The depth chart and location are also going to be factors in his recruitment.

Rumors are abound that he and teammamte Quinton Andrews are a package deal but we'll see how far that goes.

Class 3A Second Team Offense (As awarded by the Florida Sports Writers Assoc.)

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RB-Conredge Collins, Miami Msgr. Pace, 6-0, 210, Jr.
RB-<!--Default NodeId For Trent Stewart is 1040031,2003-->Trent Stewart, Middleburg, 5-11, 180, Sr.
RB-<!--Default NodeId For George Stripling is 1092117,2003-->George Stripling, Jax. Jackson, 6-0, 175, Sr.
WR-<!--Default NodeId For Willie Fields is 753107,2003-->Willie Fields, Seabreeze, 5-10, 165, Sr.
WR-<!--Default NodeId For Albert Dukes is 766149,2003-->Albert Dukes, Glades Central, 6-2, 185, Sr.
OL-Danny Sola, Dunnellon, 5-9, 200, Sr.
OL-<!--Default NodeId For Immanuel Hutcherson is 1065397,2003-->Immanuel Hutcherson, Palatka, 6-4, 255, Sr.
OL-Terron Sanders, Bradenton Southeast, 6-3, 310, Soph.
OL-Seth Fabin, Wesley Chapel, 6-3, 286, Sr<.BR> PK-Justin Teachey, Palmetto, 6-0, 170, Sr.
Util.-<!--Default NodeId For Jarvis Myers is 752466,2003-->Jarvis Myers, Godby 5-10, 175, Sr.
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I'd love for us to land a kid with some size. Hopefully Rivals or the Insiders will post some video on Collins.

HH, do you know anything about this kid?

In a Rivals article his coach calls him a TB in a fullback's body. I kinda like the sound of that :)
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Who's recruiting him as a FB and who's recruiting him as a RB? If FSU offered, what does that say about their hopes of landing Wells?

Good point. Didn't Bowden tell Wells they wouldn't recruit any more tailbacks this year if he committed? I guess they can always say they are looking at Collins as a FB. Sneaky bastards!
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We have been tracking him for a couple of years. It looks like Miami might not go after him based on what Coker told me last week. (who really knows though)

He has an application for OSU Camp but is looking to put together the money for it.
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Who's recruiting him as a FB and who's recruiting him as a RB? If FSU offered, what does that say about their hopes of landing Wells?
Miami is looking at him as a FB I know for sure. With their depth at RB, I have to wonder if Collins has any chance at early PT. I seriously doubt it.

Good point about Wells and FSU.
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free rivals article

Miami (Fla.) Monsignor Pace is the defending Class 3A state football champion as they knocked off Jacksonville Bolles in 2003. While MVP of the championship game, Jerry Milbrook, is gone, Pace has a very good chance to repeat in 2004 as they feature one of the state’s premier tailbacks in Conredge Collins.

“He is a pure running back,” Monsignor Pace head coach Joe Zaccheo said. “He has great hands. He can run through you or around you. He has the moves of a tailback and the power of a fullback.”

Collins is 6-1 and 220 pounds. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds, bench presses 320 pounds and power cleans 285 pounds.

Collins rushed for 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. He earned first-team All-County and third-team All-State honors.

Collins attended the NIKE combine in Miami with many of the states top prospects.

“He did real well,” Zaccheo said. “That is where the 4.53 (40-yard) time came. I know that people who were there were high on him.”

Zaccheo said Collins has about 10 offers on the table and they include offers from Miami, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Iowa.

“Recruiters are amazed at how big he is and that he is the total package,” Zaccheo said. “He does all the right things.”

Zaccheo added that Florida is also very interested in Collins.

“I think if he is not the best running back in the state, he is going to be one of the best,” Zaccheo said. “There are guys out there that are going to be faster, but I am talking about the complete package. A lot of people who see him are telling me he reminds them of (Indianapolis Colts) Edgerrin James. In my mind, he is the complete package.”

Collins is the son of former New England Patriots running back Tony Collins. Zaccheo has asked the elder Collins to coach the Pace running backs, including his son, in the fall.

While Zaccheo doesn’t know of any schools that Collins favors, he is very optimistic that at whatever school he winds up at, he will make his mark on the Division I-A level.

“He is a complete fullback,” Zaccheo said. “He has unbelievably soft hands catching the ball out of the backfield. At this level, his sheer physical presence is menacing. For a high schooler he is 6-1, 220, that is a big kid.

“I think the sky is the limit barring any injuries. I think he can be a major force in Division I.”
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Can anyone tell me about this Conredge Collins kid? Per bucknuts he has us now as one of his favorites? and at 220 pounds thats a pretty good get in my opinion? Also something scary doesn't he kinda look like Maurice Clarett? Only if he could play like him! Anyways from what it seems of him playing fullback last year. It sounds like he's a tough hard nosed runner.
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HIP-SHAKER: Pace running back Conredge Collins, who has been compared to Edgerrin James, gets ready to put a move on a Booker T. Washington defender.

Posted on Thu, Sep. 02, 2004

Collins climbs the charts


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Conredge Collins could have spent the summer before his senior year at Monsignor Pace like a typical 17 year old. He could have gone to the beach or stayed home and played XBox.

Then again, most 17 year olds don't have a father who was a Pro Bowl running back in the NFL. Most 17-year olds haven't spent every summer since age 7 running stairs and lifting weights.

Conredge Collins has.

''It's fun to see him living his dream,'' said Collins' father, Tony, who starred at East Carolina before playing with the New England Patriots for seven seasons in the 1980s and the Dolphins in 1990.

``He was 7 when he told me he was going to make it to the NFL. So I told him if that's what you want, then you're going to work harder than anybody you know. From that day on, we went to work.''


Collins, who was born two months premature and weighed just three pounds at birth, has blossomed into a 6-1, 225-pounder with 4.48-speed. He has received offers from numerous powers, including Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida and Florida State.

''He is a legit tailback but he plays fullback in our Wing-T scheme,'' said Pace coach Joe Zaccheo, who led the Spartans to their first state title last year. ``Some scouts compare him to Edgerrin James because he's big, he has great hands and he can run through you or around you.

``If he played tailback in our system, people would really be able to see all the great things he can do in the open field. But he doesn't complain. He does what we ask for the team.''

The reason Collins isn't playing tailback is because the other guy in the backfield -- Carlos Bethel -- has 4.4 speed and offers from several top schools, including Nebraska. Bethel (5-11, 190) ran for more than 1,000 yards last year.

Collins, meanwhile, bruised defenses for 1,400 yards and 20 TDs, earning All-State honors. This year, he has even loftier goals.

''My first goal is to help this team go back-to-back [state titles],'' he said. ``But after that, I'd really like to run for 2,000 yards. It's a goal.''

Helping Collins reach that goal will be his father, Pace's new running backs coach.

''Having a guy with NFL experience only helps the kids,'' Zaccheo said. ``I normally don't let parents coach. But from the day Tony brought me Conredge as a freshman, he's never done anything to make me think he couldn't handle this. You can already see the difference with some of the kids in the little things -- and the little things could be a difference in a game.''


Conredge Collins has been hearing about the little things all his life. After moving to Miami from New York when he was 7, his father enrolled him in Miami Lakes Optimist. After practice and games, Conredge would spend hours working with his father -- running through tires, climbing stairs and catching passes.

''When other kids were going home, I was still on the field,'' Collins said. ``He used to make me run around the field and do like 50 stairs up to the third floor in our apartment building.

``I used to wonder why he would make me do it, but I'd never ask. You never ask a parent why. He'd get mad if I did.

``Some kids would feel sorry for me. [Tony] would just always tell me it would pay off one day.''

That day has arrived.

UM coach Larry Coker visited Pace recently to quell rumors they would want him to play linebacker. Several FSU assistants have stopped by, too, promising he would play tailback.

Collins said his first choice would be UM, but says the team's crowded backfield is unappealing. FSU could be a better fit.

Either way, Tony Collins, who said his son went through a tremendous growth spurt after telling him to drink two glasses of milk a day when Conredge was 9, said he plans to keep pushing his son.

''I challenge him every day,'' Collins said. ``This past summer, when he was running the stairs at Coconut Creek's football stadium, I got on him for being lazy.

`I told him: `Hey Conredge, I just got a call from East Carolina and it looks like you're going to be playing running back for them because they don't think you can cut it at FSU or Miami.'

``You better believe he finished those stairs strong.''
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