Buckeyes Collar Collier as Their QB
By Michael Chung
Leave it to Urban Meyer to pull a rabbit out of hat. From nowhere, Stephen Collier became the 12th member of the Ohio State recruiting class for 2014. After making offers to players like Deshaun Watson (Clemson verbal), Kyle Allen (TAMU verbal), Zack Darlington (Nebraska verbal), and Brandon Harris (Likely LSU, Auburn or SEC), the Buckeyes finally filled their much-needed QB spot for 2014.
Out of Leesburg, GA Collier stands 6’4” 210 Collier and was offered Friday, June 21 at the OSU football camp. He accepted pledging his verbal to the Buckeyes. Around 9pm ET Collier tweeted “Offered. Committed. Accepted. #OSU #Buckeyes pic.twitter.com/Ue4UGyxMCL”
Collier does not possess the “star power” one would like in a QB. Rivals lists Collier at 2-stars, Scout and 247 have him at 3-stars, but do not let his star power deceive you.
Collier recently won the QB MVP at the Nike Football Training Camp tour in Atlanta. The NFTC website wrote about Collier’s performance: “Collier may have been amongst the biggest sleepers to emerge throughout the two days of throwing for the QBs in Georgia (Elite 11 Friday and NFTC Saturday). Has a lot in his toolbox as a big, strong signal caller who can make all the throws. Also threw well on the move for a bigger quarterback. Passed for 1,788 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior and holds offers from Troy, Marshall, Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee State.”
At 6’4” Collier is a big one. Only Cardale Jones at 6’6” would be taller.
The last noteworthy QB prospect to verbal out of Georgia was Antonio Henton in 2006 out of Fort Valley, GA. Oddly enough, Henton committed at an Ohio State football camp in the summer just like Collier but if history repeats it, Collier may not have a “peachy” time in Columbus. Henton would leave Ohio State in 2008 largely due to Ohio State signing Terrelle Pryor for the 2008 class.
With Kenny Guiton in his last year of eligibility and Braxton Miller one to two years away from leaving college, it was imperative that OSU has a signal caller for the 2014 recruiting class. Currently, outside of Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton, the Buckeyes have Sophomore Cardale Jones and Freshman JT Barrett who will likely redshirt.
Collier did not have too many “big time” college offers. Outside of the Buckeyes: Boston College, Cincinnati, and Wake Forest would be the next notable schools but do not be surprised if more schools come knocking. If the early bird gets the worm, do not look for any other school to be able to flip Collier away from Columbus.
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