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2013 QB Prospect Milan Collins
Milan Collins achieved what few players are able to do. He earned the starting quarterback position in one of the best high school football conferences in the country as a sophomore. With the likes of nationally renowned Good Counsel and DeMatha Catholic in the conference, teams need to get their talent on the field regardless of the inexperience or grade. Collins is one of the best sophomores in the area and he will be a target of very talented defenses over the next two years. But his work ethic and ability will see him to big things in the future. "I knew I had to work hard from the beginning coming from a different school," said Collins. "I worked hard to start as a sophomore but we had a really rough season as a team. We lost a lot of games and I don't like to lose. I am going to work even harder and be better as a junior and lead this team to a winning season." As soon as the season ended, Collins was already working out and getting prepared for next season. "I have been working with a coach to get a quicker release and work on my overall technique. I do film study as well. I need to get stronger and faster." The 6'2", 190 pounder knows that the quarterback position has the most pressure with it, carrying the glory with a win but also the fault with every loss. He is up for the challenge. "My focus is being a better leader this next year. This is my team and I want to win a conference championship. I want to beat Good Counsel and DeMatha. My team has the potential but those teams are the best for a reason. We have never beaten them. I want the team to count on me and we will win or lose with me. It's on me and I am okay with that, that's how I want it." Although he wore #11 last season, Collins will change his jersey number this year to #2 because it is the same number as two players that Collins holds in high regard. "I am changing to number 2 because of Terrell Pryor and Cam Newton. They are two players I respect and they carry the team being good leaders and great players. That's what I want to be for my team." Collins has all the physical tools and it is no surprise considering the athletes in his own family. His father Derwin "Tank" Collins was a California high school basketball star that went on to a stellar college career at the University of New Orleans. His uncle is Jo Jo Collins, who was a top football prospect that went on to play for the University of Colorado in the late 80s under Coach Bill McCartney when they were on the top of college football. He certainly has the genes to be successful. It will take hard work but Collins has some special ability already. "My strengths are that I have a strong arm. I can make plays outside the pocket and I throw well on the run. I can also take off and run and get big yardage with my feet. I feel I can make some plays that most others can't." College is the ultimate goal for Collins. He certainly is on track athletically but there are many pitfalls for today's youth. Collins will be different. He has a very loving mother and father and he takes being a role model for his younger brother and sister very seriously. He is looking forward to getting to the next level and already has his eyes on a few schools. "My dream school is LSU. I have always liked them. I also like Ohio State, Auburn, Oregon and Florida. I plan to go to some local camps this summer including Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. I may try and get to some other ones as well." Collins missed some time with an injury but still passed for 800 yards and 8 touchdowns against just 3 interceptions. He also had 200 yards rushing. He reports a 3.2 GPA.
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