In late January, Bastrop Cedar Creek defensive end Alfred Collins officially narrowed his list to the Alabama Crimson Tide, Oklahoma Sooners, and the Texas Longhorns while announcing his plans to hold a commitment ceremony at his high school at 3:50 p.m. Central on Feb. 5.
The decision is now only a little more than an hour away and will likely complete National Signing Day and the 2020 recruiting class for the Longhorns, barring any graduate transfer additions in the coming months.
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 has an advantage in getting him on campus before his decision. In fact, Collins took his official visits to his other finalists back in September.
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 16 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions cast for Collins are currently in favor of the Longhorns as his recruitment enters its final moments.
During his senior season, Collins produced 35 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and four forced fumbles.
Collins is also a 247Sports five-star prospect now, as the Bastrop product received a boost in the final rankings update.
Considered 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.