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Texas gets No. 15


The Texas Longhorns have gone nearly four months since their last commitment in the 2013 class. Until today.

Four-star athlete Chevoski Collins committed to Texas shortly after 10am this morning.

Shortly after 10am this morning, four-star athlete Chevoski Collins of Livingston announced his intent to play for the Longhorns. Collins is the 15th member of the Longhorns’ class of 2013.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Collins made his announcement at the Livingston Field House in front of friends and family. After taking his time and making a number of unofficial visits around the state and region, and making an official visit to Oklahoma, the East Texas product ended his recruitment announcing for the Longhorns over Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Baylor.

Before publicly making the announcement, he called the Texas staff to let them know he wanted to be a Longhorn.

“He said he was glad I was joining to Horns’ family,” Collins said of Texas head coach Mack Brown.

Collins becomes the third secondary prospect to commit to Texas in the class, joining cornerback Antwuan Davis (Bastrop, Texas) and safety Erik Huhn (Cibolo, Texas/Steele). Huhn will likely to spin down to outside linebacker at the next level.

The Livingston product says that there is a slight chance he could play on offense as well.

"They haven’t really told me," Collins told Hookem.com. "They said corner or safety. I could even play on both sides of the ball. It doesn’t really matter to me. I just love the game of football. I can play offense or defense. As long as I’m on the field, I’m enjoying it."

Even with the pledge of Collins, Texas continues its pursuit of national 100 prospects Cole Luke (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) and Marcell Harris (Orlando/Dr. Phillips).

Luke, a pure cover corner, was in Austin over the weekend on an official visit and is down to Texas, Oklahoma and Notre Dame with a visit to Norman for the Notre Dame game on the horizon.

Harris visited Florida over the weekend unofficially, and will make official visits to Florida State and South Carolina in the coming weeks. Florida is considered the favorite over Texas.

Last week, Hookem.com broke down Collins as a prospect, and how he could potentially fit into the Longhorns future secondary.

Gerry Hamilton on Collins

The first thing that stands out about Collins is his versatility. He could play safety, nickel, wide receiver and even get a look at corner on the next level, in addition to the punt return game. He’s quicker than fast with excellent change of direction and hip flexibility. He’s blessed with very good ball skills, and quick reactions to sudden movement in his peripheral vision.

Physically, he is a legitimate 5-foot-11.5 and 185-pounds of natural strength and muscle with the frame to carry around 200-pounds down the line. In addition to his physical attributes, he’s become a student of the game spending many hours talking football with the Livingston staff, and especially significant one-on-one time with Lions head coach Randy Rowe.

Bobby Burton on Collins

Collins is a high-end utility guy. He could function at a number of positions, either in the secondary or at receiver. The things that stick out to me are his ball skills and his quickness. He really has elite quickness. He's not super fast but he is a smart football player. Texas missed out on Dustin Harris at Livingston, and Justin Gilbert at near by Huntsville. I think they've resolved not to lose out on Collins.

Jeff Howe on how Collins fits into the Texas secondary
What Collins would give Texas is something Duane Akina values greatly – versatility. The Longhorns have two safeties in the class – we know Erik Huhn is a safety and Antwuan Davis is likely headed there down the road. Depending on how the next six-to-eight months shake out for guys like Leroy Scott, Sheroid Evans and Mykkele Thompson, Collins will give Akina a guy who could plug in and go at any of the four positions on the back end. Adrian Phillips and Carrington Byndom will be seniors next year, and Collins is the kind of player who can fill more than one hole on the depth chart.

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