Elite DB Corey Collier Knows Three Programs Will Make the Cut
John Garcia, Jr.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- One of the top defensive back prospects in the country, Miami (Fla.) Palmetto's Corey Collier is beginning to take the final steps in his recruitment.
Trimming a list of three dozen scholarship offers for the rangy defender, who likely projects at safety in college, is soon to come.
"I'm starting to narrow it down," he said. "Before the spring game I'll be dropping my top five."
With a decision not expected until the Early Signing Period in December, there will be a lot of time for the top programs to jockey for position for the 6-foot-1 1/2, 185-pound prospect.
Collier's cut will include three power programs at a minimum and he won't begin taking official visits until the 2020 football season is underway.
"Clemson, Georgia and Florida," he said, before offering insight on each:
Clemson: "Just the coach, Coach (Mike) Reed. He's always keeping it real with me. That's all I need, is for a coach to be with me is real. Don't try to just say something...you know in recruiting the coaches recruit you and tell you what you want to hear and not what's really going on. He just keeps it real with me and that's what I like about Coach Reed."
Georgia: "Coach (Charlton) Warren keeps it real, he will work you hard, too. I like the vibe up there. I actually lived in Lithonia (Ga.), about an hour away, for a few years. From like 2010 to 2015 I think."
Florida: "Florida just puts DBs in the NFL, as you can see right now with CJ Henderson. You know Marco Wilson is going to be there next year. So they produce and build you up to the NFL so that's what I like about them. I like Coach E (Ron English), too. He keeps it real."
Collier's recruiting profile has been well known for multiple years and so have topics surrounding his game, including where he may fit best into a collegiate secondary.
The rising senior has experience at both safety and cornerback.
"I'm a safety," he said. "I only go to corner if my coach needs me there and to make plays, so I'll go make some plays for him. I've got goof IQ, I can come down and make some plays, I'm a ball hawk and I've got good sideline to sideline speed."
Both Florida and Clemson are likely to soon have Collier on campus for unofficial visits. The two programs are each off to strong stars in recruiting the 2021 class, with UF leading the FBS with 13 commitments and CU not far behind with nine.