Incoming Freshman DE Reflects on Recruitment

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Boston College, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia. Brooke Point (Stafford, VA) defensive end Lanford Collins certainly had a large selection of schools to choose from, but after making official visits to four schools the 6-4, 240-pound senior chose Virginia Tech. A month before he is to arrive in Blacksburg, Collins took time to reflect on his recruitment and look ahead to his first year at Virginia Tech.

Collins’ four official visits began in October, when he tripped to Boston College, and ended with a late January visit to Virginia Tech, traveling to Penn State and UVa in between.

“It just came down to where I felt most comfortable towards the end,” Collins said. “I felt most comfortable with Virginia Tech. I felt like I couldn’t go wrong with choosing them. Also, they are known for d-ends.”

Collins admittedly didn’t follow the careers of past Tech standout ends, but he is familiar with those currently on the roster. He is also familiar with defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who was a significant factor in the Brooke Point star’s ultimate decision.

“He played a big factor,” Collins said, referring to Coach Foster. “I felt like if I was going to play d-end I’d choose him. I like how the d-ends are set up in his defense.”

Tech’s most highly regarded defensive end recruit in its 2009 class, Collins, who is the cousin of current West Virginia linebacker Donovan Miles, possesses tremendous upside. In only two seasons playing defensive end – at only 6-2, 200 pounds or so, he actually was a defensive back/receiver as a freshman and sophomore – Collins tallied 127 tackles with 26 tackles for loss and 18 sacks. A terrific athlete, he also played on Brooke Point’s starting varsity basketball team.

As he heads to Virginia Tech, Collins has one main goal in mind for his freshman season.

“I just want to make a name for myself,” Collins said.

Barring anything unforeseen happening, Collins expects to enroll at Blacksburg next month.

“Everything is good right now. I’m supposed to go to 2nd session of summer school. It begins July 6th,” Collins said. “I’m excited to go but a little nervous. I haven’t been away from home for