June 9, 2011

Collins stands out at UA camp

The University of Alabama wrapped up its first summer camp on Wednesday, and it was no surprise that one of the standouts was Geismar, La., defensive back Landon Collins.

Collins, a five-star safety who is ranked No. 17 in the Rivals 100, impressed the Crimson Tide coaching staff with his performance before a cramp caused him to miss some action the last two days.

"The camp went well," Collins said. "The training went well. It was hard and hot out there, but it was a good camp. I worked out at safety. I basically did all the drills and played for two days, but then I caught a cramp, so they took me out for the remainder of camp."

At the camp, Collins worked with UA head coach Nick Saban and assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt. He also played alongside Crimson Tide commitment Eddie Williams in the secondary.

"It was crazy because in the 7-on-7 games, they were scared to throw it in the back of the end zone because we were both back there," he said. "It was a great feeling to have another safety. I didn't have to worry about the other side of the field."

Williams, the elite athlete from Panama City, Fla., also did a little recruiting for the Tide by talking to Collins about Alabama and selling him on the two potentially playing together.

"We talked a lot about recruiting," Collins said. "He told me they have everything to offer, academics, anything you want, you can get over there."

On the trip, Collins got a chance to hang out with his former high school teammate, UA running back Eddie Lacey. For Collins and his mom who joined him on the trip, it wasn't their first visit to Tuscaloosa.

"I've already visited the campus plenty of times," Collins said. "I already know the campus back and forth. My mom was like you know the campus like the back of your hand. I've been there so many times."

The 6-foot, 200-pound safety still has Alabama and LSU at the top of his list but is also considering Florida, Tennessee and Texas.

"Alabama is one of my top schools because it's a beautiful place to be at," Collins said. "When I got there, it's like home. It's a great place to be at. The coaching staff really loves me up there. They really want me to come play up there. Coach (Nick) Saban is one of the best coaches to play for as a defensive back."

Collins wants to camp at both Florida and Tennessee in the coming weeks. He plans to announce his college decision at the Under Armour All-American Game.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at Greg@tidesports.com or at 205-722-0233. Follow him on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/Greg_Ostendorf

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