Speedy Receiver Has "Tremendous Upside"

Speedy Receiver Has "Tremendous Upside"

On a team that featured nine players receiving Division 1 scholarships, this wide receiver was the best, according to his high school coach.

"I think he'll be a great player in college," coach Kyle Tierce of O. Perry Walker High School said of his gifted wideout Milton Collins. "He has the most upside of any of our kids here."

That is some tall praise, considering that Walker High had three receivers with more than 60 receptions, including LSU-bound Craig Davis. Collins was third on the reception list, with 62 catches for 835 yards and ten touchdowns, but considering that he missed five games with an ankle injury this year, those totals extrapolate to be the best on the team. Two other receivers snared 80 and 72 balls in full seasons, but Collins would have easily surpassed those totals had he played a full season in Walker's spread offense.

Tierce thinks the cards are stacked right for Collins to have an impact at WVU, owing to the environment at Walker.

"We ran the same spread offense that West Virginia does," Tierce noted. "In fact, we got most of it from Rich Rodriguez when he was here at Tulane. Milton already knows a lot of the reads in the offense, so I think he'll fit in great. He knows how to find the seams in a defense, settle down and make the catch, and he's got the speed to be an excellent downfield threat.

"He played on the outside for us, and we tried to get him vertical down the field a lot. I think he can have the same sort of success at West Virginia."

Collins played primarily on offense at Walker, but did see some double duty as a defensive back when he returned from his injury. He had a handful of tackles to go with a couple of pass breakups and an interception, but he's ticketed for the offensive side of the ball in college.

WVU has quietly made inroads into the New Orleans area this year, largely due to the efforts of Crescent City native Calvin Magee. Tierce says that the affable Magee has quickly earned the respect of high school coaches in the New Orleans area.

"Calvin is just a great recruiter. He knows New Orleans; it's his city. So he knows the situations of the players here who grew up in the city. He's familiar with it, and he relates to the kids well. He's very personable, and when he talks with the kids he makes a connection. We have a great deal of respect for him."

Collins echoes those comments, noting that Calvin is "from my hometown" and that he built a great relationship with the Mountaineer assistant coach.

Collins has not yet qualified, but his overall athletic ability was too good to pass up. According to Tierce, he's a McDonald's All-American nominee in basketball, and could try to play both sports at West Virginia.

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