Lee County QB Collier Commits to the Buckeyes
So far, it's been the summer of Stephen Collier.
Earlier this month, the Lee County quarterback was invited as a finalist for the prestigious, Elite Eleven camp. Now, the incoming senior is committed to one of the top football programs in the country.
On Friday afternoon, the dual-threat quarterback committed to Ohio State. Collier caught the attention of the Buckeyes during the Trojans spring practice.
OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman came to South Georgia to watch the junior throw. Then, Collier visited Columbus two weeks ago to work out for Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. Since then, he's had his eye on the Buckeyes.
"I knew that's where I wanted to be. (Coach Herman) told me to call after a final workout (on Friday). That's when they offered," Collier said.
Coach Meyer extended the invitation, and appears to be "their guy" for the 2014 class. Ohio State has offered other quarterbacks in 2014, including Elite 11 finalist and four-star quarterback Brandon Harris from Bossier City, LA.
Ohio State gave Collier the impression they were offering on a first commit-first serve basis.
"We talked about the situation. They said, I was their guy at this point," Collier said.
Sorting through over 20 division one offers, including Boston College, Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Harvard, Collier wanted to make a commitment before traveling to Oregon next week for the Elite Eleven passing camp.
At the Atlanta Regional, Elite Eleven coaches Trent Dilfer and Jordan Palmer were impressed with Collier. Impressed enough to invite the QB to the camp held for the most promising high school passers in the nation.
For Collier, it was a relief to get the recruiting process completed. Collier is taking the Ohio State offer and using it as motivation for the upcoming camp.
"Now, I want to respresent for Ohio State," Collier said.
A lot of things have changed for the Trojan QB in a span of 12 months. To open the 2012 football season, Collier was backing up senior Trojan Matt Mears at quarterback. Collier took over full-time before the midway point of the season and hasn't looked back.
"Last year, I was just trying to get on the field. It's crazy to see how far I've come in a year," Collier said.
During his junior season, Collier was a first team, 5A-Region-1 selection with 33 total touchdowns. Collier, also, currently holds a 4.0 GPA at Lee County.