Brooke Point (Stafford, VA) defensive end/tight end Lanford Collins quietly has become one of the most highly recruited prospects in the state of Virginia’s 2009 class, totaling double-digit Division 1A scholarship offers according to head coach Jeff Berry. The 6-4, 240-pound senior simply goes about his business on and off the field.
“He understands the whole process and the seriousness of it, but what makes him unique and liked by all of his teammates is that he is down to earth. He also has a quirky personality. He has a good sense of humor,” Berry said of Collins. “He is not real vocal to be honest with you, but the kids don’t expect that out of him. He doesn’t care about stats. He cares about playing football. It would be easy to get caught up in recruiting and get a big head, but that is not the case. He leads by example. That means a lot to me, the fact that he is on board with everything we’re doing.”
A running back and defensive back his freshman and sophomore seasons, Collins, who has certainly sprouted following his sophomore season, has become a big-time factor at tight end and defensive end for Coach Berry.
“He jumped up in size and filled out and matured, but he kept the athletic skill set of a defensive back or a running back,” Berry said.
Collins turned in an outstanding junior season, especially on the defensive side of the ball. He totaled 73 tackles including 12 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks in 2007 and has continued his good play in 2008, but his play on offense is where he has really impressed the Brooke Point head coach.
“Offensively, he has really done well for us this year,” said Berry, who puts Collins at tight end on offense. “We run a lot of off tackle stuff, so the tight end is a key part of what we are doing. He creates match-up problems. He runs really well for his size. He helps in the play-action game. When we spread out, he is part of that package, too.”
Collins possesses a winning work ethic as well.
“He is real competitive,” Berry said. “It is not just on Friday nights, but during the week. He works real hard each day. It is intrinsic in him. He really wants to do well. Some have it, some don’t. He doesn’t need a lot of prodding to work hard. Sometimes he needs a kick in the butt like all 17 and 18-year olds, but he is self motivated. He is easy to coach.”
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