Missouri received its first commit for the class of 2018, as defensive back Tyrone Collins announced his intent to play of the Tigers.
Collins’ commit to Missouri makes him the first of the 2018 recruiting class. The 3 star prospect from Bradenton, Fla. is the 85th ranked defensive back in the country.
At 5′ 11″ and 165 lbs, Collins has shown that he can be a playmaker both in the secondary and against the run. He’s also earned his stripes on special teams, converting many returns into touchdowns.
Collins is not the prototypically-sized prospect that head coach Barry Odom, or many coaches, typically seek in a defensive back, but Collins’ playmaking abilities supersede questions about his size.
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As noted by Bill C. at Rock M Nation, Collins’ senior season is still up in the air, as he recovers from an ACL injury that he suffered in his junior season.
While the interest from Missouri may seem a little worrisome, ACL injuries aren’t uncommon to return from; the concern lyes in whether Collins will return to his form before the injury.
At this point, Collins feels confident that he will return to full form in 2017, and prove any wrong, who doubted his ability.
Coaches will also keep an eye on Collins’ rehabilitation and whether he suffers any setbacks during his senior year, provided he sees the field.
Collins’ addition will bolster much-needed depth and talent in an area that has been an Achilles for the Tigers at times.
Collins had offers from at least 15 programs, including Missouri, Kentucky, Boston College, Michigan, Iowa State, South Florida, Central Florida and Florida Atlantic, among others. I’m certainly happy that Collins is calling Mizzou home in 2018.