December 9, 2011

Collins commits to Tech; commitment number six

Wesson, Miss. -- Tech's secondary will lose several seniors this year. In order to fill holes left by seniors when there is not as much depth as a team would like, they look to the Junior College ranks.

Dehendret Collins just graduated from Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Co-Lin). During his freshman year at Co-Lin, Collins was teammates with current Bulldogs Larry Banks and Oscar Johnson. Collins plans to enroll at Tech for the Spring Quarter.

Having those familiar faces on his visit last weekend did not hurt and Johnson encouraged him to join him in Ruston.

"Playing with Big Oscar [Johnson] and Larry [Banks] would be nice," Collins said. "When I came up there Oscar was my host. He told me I need to come up there."

Holding offers from Ole Miss, Tech, Iowa State and Troy, Collins said he may visit Ole Miss next weekend but does not know for sure yet.

"Nothing can happen during the Ole Miss visit that would make me commit there," said Collins.

Time and time again the coaching staff at Tech gets praises from recruits; Collins is no different.

"I like the coaches a lot and they made me feel at home on my visit," said Collins. "I really like the coaching staff and Coach [Kevin] Curtis is a good coach too."

Collins said he has a redshirt year available but Tech wants him to come in and play right away because of the veterans they are losing to graduation.

"Wherever I go next I don't want to sit, I want to play," said Collins.

Collins says he strengths are he plays with good technique and ball skills. He finished the season with 6 interceptions and 11 pass breakups.

Collins' friends and family call him "Stank" and he says his Mom gave him the nickname as a child and it stuck.

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