Ozone Interviews Buckeye Commit Stephen Collier
By Michael Chung
Ohio State needed a QB commitment for 2014. With Kenny Guiton graduating and Braxton Miller possibly going pro, OSU reserved at least one spot for a QB.
After being spurned by the likes of Deshaun Watson (Clemson verbal), Kyle Allen (TAMU verbal), and Zack Darlington (Nebraska verbal), Stephen Collier became the much needed QB commit for the 2014 class.
Out of Leesburg, GA Collier stands 6’4” 210 and was offered Friday, June 21 when he called OSU coaches per NCAA rules. He accepted on the spot.
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.” He took some time to give Ozone readers some insight into his life and recruitment.
Ozone: When were OSU coaches first talking to you?
A: Around April during Spring practice, Tom Herman came and watched me and invited me to camp. I was there at OSU two weeks ago working out for coaches Herman and Meyer privately.
Ozone: Have any other schools called since you committed to OSU?
A: I told other schools I am shutting down recruiting; I know I want to be at OSU. Auburn, Alabama, etc. have been in contact with me before but I am done.
Ozone: Why did you commit to OSU so quickly?
A: I knew this is where I wanted to go and I accepted the offer on the spot, no hesitation; I knew I wanted to be at OSU and grabbed the opportunity. I called the coaches this week and they offered.
Ozone: What did OSU coaches say in regards to other QB targets like Brandon Harris? Will you be the only QB in this class?
A: From what I know, it is just going to be me. They assured me I am their guy.
Ozone: Did you have time with Braxton Miller?
A: Not yet, I have not talked to him but am looking forward to it.
Ozone: Tell me about Stephen Collier, how would you describe yourself?
A: Hard worker, man of faith, anything I have has been through hard work. People say I am raw, if you saw me in 9th grade you would not think much of me. I want to thank the coaches for helping me strive for greatness and not be satisfied with anything less.
Ozone: Harvard was recruiting you, tell me about that situation?
A: Harvard does not offer athletic scholarships but said I was their #1 guy; it is hard for them to recruit due to academic restrictions but my GPA and test scores qualified for Harvard entrance standards. It was hard to turn it down. It is Harvard, what more can I say.
Ozone: Tell me a little about you and your family?
A: I was born in Marietta, GA but moved to Northern, KY when I was 5; lived there until age 13 and moved close to Albany GA, where my mother helps run Kroger manufacturing. My Dad is a minister in Albany. God has helped us through life’s tough situations and I had to lean on him for help because I am only 16 and these decisions affect the rest of your life.
Favorite Food? Sushi
Favorite movie? Warrior and Now You See Me
Hobbies? Reading, I like to read a lot, running, football.
Major? Not sure
Best subject in school? Language Arts, AP Language Composition was a class I loved.