January 5, 2012

Collins Talks About Commitment

The 2012 University of Toledo recruiting class has already taken shape, but new head coach Matt Campbell accepted the 21st commitment of the class when defensive tackle Chris Collins gave his verbal commitment to the Rockets last Friday.

"I liked the team and the coaches," Collins said. "I felt like the coaches really wanted to help me be a better player."

Collins, at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, called up Campbell to commit to the program and Campbell conveyed his enthusiasm over the phone.

"He was very excited," Collins said. "He was happy that I decided to come to Toledo. He said it was a great way to start off his new coaching career."

Toledo assistant and defensive line coach Eli Rasheed helped recruit Collins along with Campbell. Collins said he got to know Campbell throughout the recruiting process.

"He's a real good person," Collins said. "You can tell he actually cares about his players. You can tell he enjoys what he does."

Collins, who is from Cleveland, is the third defensive lineman to verbally commit to Toledo for the 2012 season. Collins joins junior college signee Dexter Blackmon and high school senior Phillip Martin as future Rockets.

While Collins says he is working to improve his speed and strength, he believes that he can bring a "nice pass rush, good run defense and someone who can make plays for the team."

The first day Collins will be eligible to sign a national letter of intent with Toledo is on Wednesday, February 1st.

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