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Texas DE target Alfred Collins earns 5th star ahead of National Signing Day decision

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247Sports now ranks the Bastrop Cedar Creek product at No. 32 nationally.

Alfred Collins

The top remaining target for the Texas Longhorns in the 2020 recruiting class is now a 247Sports five-star prospect, as Bastrop Cedar Creek defensive end Alfred Collins received a boost in the final update before National Signing Day next Wednesday.

Now ranked as the No. 32 prospect nationally, Collins moved up eight spots in the 247Sports rankings after his strong performance at the All-American Bowl early in January. Adding 40 pounds to his frame over the last year made a difference, too — he’s now 6’5 and 285 pounds, but remains a strong-side defensive end prospect because he hasn’t lost his athleticism.

On Sunday, Collins officially narrowed his list to Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas and announced his plans to hold a commitment ceremony at his high school at 3:50 p.m. Central on Feb. 5.

Since Collins took all of his official visits last fall before making the short trip to Austin for the big recruiting weekend surrounding the basketball game against Kansas, Texas might have a slight advantage in getting him on campus before his decision.

His mother, Benita Pollard, was a standout basketball player for the Longhorns in the 1990s, too, so Collins is a Texas legacy who could choose to remain close to home by playing for her alma mater.

The result is that all 10 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions cast for Collins are currently in favor of the Longhorns with just a little more than a week until he announces his decision.

During his senior season, Collins produced 35 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and four forced fumbles.