November 21, 2011

Collins a Two Sport Standout

The Houston Cougars continue to ride the wave of their recent success and that wave has recently picked up a few more commits along the way. One of those recent commits is 6-foot-6, 309-pound Aviante Collins of Houston (TX) Fort Bend Willowridge High School.

Collins has been on the Cougars radar since his sophomore year of high school and the high school senior recently visited Houston and took in the SMU game and came away really impressed with what Houston had to offer.

"It was great being able to see how the team works," the Rivals three-star offensive lineman said. The atmosphere was crazy and I loved the atmosphere, somewhere I could really see myself playing."

Collins was very excited after the visit and was ready to make his decision.

"I called coach (Jason) Phillips and told him I was ready to be a Cougar and he said that was great, we're ready to have you," he said Monday night.

Collins is not only a star on the football field, but was also a star on his team's track and field team as well, placing third in state in 2010 for the shot put. Collins also ran the 100 meter dash and has been clocked as fast as 12.2, pretty astounding numbers for a 6-foot-6, 300-plus pound offensive tackle. Shot Put is something he plans to do for the University of Houston as well.

The former first-team all-district offensive lineman ultimately chose Houston over Arizona State who also had offered Collins, there was also some interest in TCU, where his father was a former track standout for the horned frogs, but the interest in Houston was too much for him to pass up.

"It's home, I feel like it's the place to be," Collins said of Houston.

Collins' senior football season at Willowridge is over as the team did not make the playoffs, now he can turn his focus towards finishing his senior year strong and getting ready for his future at the University of Houston.

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