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Texas has been in contact with Louisiana-Monroe QB commit William Collins

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Will the Horns make a late move on another quarterback prospect?

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William Collins
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Since the Texas Longhorns won't know whether Baltimore (Mary.) Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley will stick with the Florida State Seminoles or flip to the Horns until Wednesday morning, the staff has been in contact with Lawton (Okla.) MacArthur quarterback William Collins in recent days.

Committed to Louisiana-Monroe since late October, Collins is a consensus two-star prospect ranked as the No. 42 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 14 player in Oklahoma by 247Sports, which considers him a three-star recruit.

He doesn't currently hold any other offers, but he did take an official visit to Houston last weekend. The Cougars are in need of a quarterback in the 2015 class, so head coach Tom Herman could extend an offer to the 6'1.5, 210-pound passer between now and Wednesday.

A number of other schools have also expressed interest in Collins at various points in the recruiting process, including Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State.

He's also familiar with and the Texas coaching staff because he took an unofficial visit to Austin last summer in June.

If Texas was to offer Collins late in the process with the understanding that he would only have a spot if Locksley sticks with Florida State, the most likely scenario is that Irving Cistercian quarterback Matthew Merrick would land a full scholarship immediately and Collins would take the grayshirt that Merrick will probably take with a Locksley flip.

Is he worth a scholarship offer from Texas? It would seem like a bit of a stretch.

The height listed above is accurate based on the measurement taken at the Dallas NFTC last spring, when Collins ran a 4.87 40-yard dash and posted a 4.37 shuttle. So he's a decent athlete, though he's not going to run away from many linebackers or defensive backs in college.

As a passer, his 75% completion percentage and more than 3,300 passing yards as a senior are impressive, but his delivery is rather awkward, coming as a does from 3/4 slot that effectively makes him shorter than 6'1.5 in terms of his release point.

However, he does have the arm strength to push the ball 50 or more yards downfield, he can make plays outside of the pocket with his feet and ability to throw on the run, and he helps himself with his ball-handling ability on play-action passes.

Since Collins led MacArthur to the school's first state championship in seven appearances, it's a bit surprising that he never picked up any other offers because of his production at the 5A level in Oklahoma. The Louisiana-Monroe staff is probably hoping that they can hold onto his commitment because he looks like a legitimate diamond in the rough for a Sun Belt program.

As the Collins recruitment relates to Texas, if Merrick is seen as a long-term project, Collins is too and to a greater extent -- things would have to go badly with the quarterbacks currently on campus and with recruiting in the 2015 and 2016 classes for Collins to have a legitimate shot at playing even if he did end up at Texas.

Unless the Horns miss on Locksley and feel that Merrick absolutely needs some company in the class, it's just not going to happen between Texas and Collins.