For the first time throughout the early portion of the 2021 cycle, the Texas Longhorns have taken their wide receiver recruiting efforts outside of the state. Prior to this point, each of the six 2021 wide receivers with a Texas offer in hand hauled from the Lone Star State, but that changed on Monday afternoon as the Horns extended an offer to Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco product Beaux Collins, he announced on Twitter.
With his Longhorns offer in hand, Collins now boasts two dozen offers, as Texas joins programs such as Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and USC in pursuit of the four-star prospect.
To that end, with some of the nation’s most prominent programs seeking out his services, Collins has been especially active on the recruiting trail, as he’s toured UCLA twice, Oregon, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State throughout the recent months.
The interest Collins has received is well warranted given his long-term trajectory, which has 247Sports projecting him as an eventual Day 2 selection in the NFL Draft.
As a sophomore, the 6’2.5, 195-pound pass catcher hauled in nine receptions for 224 yards and two scorers, and his film, in addition to his remarkable 24.9 yards per reception average, provides evidence of his upside as a credible downfield threat. Collins flashes the ability to create separation at the line of scrimmage, and though he’s credited with a 40-yard dash time of just 4.72 seconds, he appears plenty capable of utilizing his long strides to beat defensive backs downfield, where he can rely upon a 35-inch vertical leap to win jump ball situations, as he did for one of his two scores last season.
Collins is ranked as the nation’s No. 81 player, No. 11 wide receiver, and as the No. 6 player in California, per 247Sports.
As noted, he’s just the first out-of-state wide receiver prospect Texas has offered during the 2021 cycle, but Herman and his staff reached out in familiar territory to present the invitation. In 2018, Texas signed a pair of prospects from the Golden State, and then another four in 2019, including five-star Santa Ana Mater Dei wide receiver Bru McCoy. Nine others from the 2020 class have a Longhorns offer in hand, including elite five-star Calabasas wide receiver Johnny Wilson and Collins’ current teammate, four-star cornerback Kourt Williams.