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Miami Hurricanes pick up 2021 commitment from Southwest Miami DT Savion Collins
Collins chose UM over early offers from Florida, FAU, N.C. State, Southern Miss and Charlotte.
“I just liked the atmosphere, being able to play close to home, my mother and grandmother will be able to see me play and I’m close to them,” said Collins, who in July attended Miami’s Paradise Camp. “My relationship with the coaches — just a family atmosphere.”
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound sophomore added that he likes what coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz have planned for him schematically.
“Their style suits me perfectly,” Collins said. “It’s how I envision myself playing.”
While players in the class still have more than 2 ½ years before they can sign with Miami, the Hurricanes have put together the nation’s top-ranked 2021 class, according to 247 Sports. The class also has five-star American Heritage safety James Williams, five-star Miami Booker T. Washington defensive end Donell Harris and four-star Miami Central offensive guard Laurence Seymore. Collins is yet to be rated by 247.
Collins announced his commitment by tweeting a screenshot of a post from his private Instagram account with a picture of the “U” logo and a caption that read: “I want to say thank you to everyone who supported me till this point and I thank all the coaches who believed in me and offered me a chance to play in their program but I would like to commit to University of Miami.”
Through three games for the Eagles, Collins has nine tackles and three for loss.
Summer Feature: Savion Collins, DL, Southwest Miami
“I really had to collect myself to really realize what was going on,” said Collins. “I am so glad that they decided to offer me.”
The one on one drills are what really separated Collins from his competition on the field last Saturday.
“With one on ones it’s just you and your opponent. You just go head to head and whoever wins, wins. I won a lot that day.”
Collins went through the drills with a heavy heart as his great uncle who he grew up with passed away. He was contemplating not attending the camp at all, but decided to attend to take his mind off the recent occurrence.
“It was definitely a better choice to go given what happened. I can’t sit around at home sobbing. I really needed to clear my head. It was a way I could express how I felt without shedding any tears and take out some frustration.”
Collins is a native of Miami and his parents allowed him to play organized football for the first time during his freshman season at Southwest Miami High School. His father, from Jamaica and mother from Guyana, are not greatly familiar with the game of American football, but after hearing the news of the Miami offer, both parents could not contain their elation.
“My mom went crazy and my dad was there with me when I got the news so when we got in the car he just went off.”
His mother and grandmother are hoping that Savion commits to Miami, but his dad who completed college at FIU would like to see his son at his alma mater or Florida State. Collins is currently on a visit at Florida State and plans to visit Georgia State, Charlotte, South Carolina, Clemson and Florida in the next upcoming days. Collins received additional offers from Charlotte, FAU and NC State this week. Kentucky also reached out to Savion for a visit.
Collins started at left tackle at Southwest and switched to defensive line toward the end of the season. The standout defender feels his breakout game was against Belen Jesuit.
“I was just happy to play football. If you hit me I’m going to hit you ten times harder. I like the contact. I’m expressive through contact and I feel the position change was a good move for me.”
Southwest suffered through a 2-7 season last season and is looking to build on the momentum built this week and take that into the 2018 season.
“Even though great things happened this week, I’m still trying to stay disciplined and not be afraid. I just evaluate the situation before making decisions. Every loss just made me focus on getting better. I’m just looking to get better with my team and eventually get to the NFL.”