Why Ta’Derius Collins went from no FBS football offers to 21, including Baylor and Texas

Jimmy Watson
Shreveport Times

This time last summer, Northwood’s Ta’Derius Collins wasn’t receiving much attention on the recruiting trail.

He didn’t have a profile on recruiting sites like 247sports.com, mainly because he hadn’t attended camps at any of the Power 5 programs. He had a couple of FCS offers and big hopes, but not much else to brag about.

Fast forward a year, however, and there’s an avalanche of teams seeking the big man’s attention. At 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds as a three-star defensive end with plenty of speed, Collins has a big decision ahead. He has 21 offers from schools like Texas, Baylor, TCU, Arkansas and Mississippi State.

Collins is the No. 20 prospect in the state according to the 247Sports Composite and No. 42 edge rusher in the country.

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So, what’s changed?

“His elite athleticism coupled with his physicalness. If you watch his video tape, you see it,” Northwood coach Austin Brown said. “We played him from a nose guard position that 300-pound dudes play to outside linebacker, where 180-pound dudes play, and he’s the best. It transfers to his film and colleges finally noticed. I’ve been sending his name out since he stepped on campus.”

Northwood's Ta'Derius Collins

Collins is enjoying the attention. He’s already taken visits to Indiana and Baylor, but hasn’t narrowed his choices. 

“Everything is going good,” he said. “I’ll probably want to make a commitment during the season, or maybe even before. I want to drop a top four or five by next month.”

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Some folks were surprised by the Indiana visit based on the other offers he has.

“We just made it happen,” he said. 

Collins was a modest 6-foot, 180 pounds when he showed up at Northwood three years ago.

“Ta’Derius has grown from being a wide receiver to one of the best physical athletes in the area,” Brown said. “The sky is the limit for him.”

Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at jwatson@shreveporttimes.com and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.