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If the town of Munday sounds familiar, it should. ATH Dee Paul committed to Texas Tech for the 2013 class and now his Munday teammate L.J. Coller has committed to the Red Raiders.
PLAYER: L.J. Collier
POSITION: Defensive End
HIGH SCHOOL: Munday (Munday, TX)
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VTM PROFILE DATE: February 10, 2013
OFFERS | None that I can tell. I'ts realy early in the process, so I woulnd't put too much or too little stock into this at this time. And players that commit early won't get the offers when other players commit late. Collier was considering Baylor, Houston, SMU and TCU very early in the process.
STATS | As a junior at defensive end, Collier had 77 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 1 interception and 2 fumble recoveries. As a tight end Collier had 22 catches for 456 yards and 4 touchdowns (via MaxPreps).
THE PLAYER SPEAKS | It's early, so nothing yet, but you have to read this article from the Times Record News that details L.J.'s father and his brothers and how good of athletes they were at Munday two decades ago. L.J.'s father only had on son, L.J., and he started the process early. Pretty good stuff. L.J.'s uncles, Perry and Terry Collier ended up going to Oklahoma and another uncle Tim that played at North Texas. L.J. grew into his frame last year, gaining 15 pounds and getting much stronger.
Collier was the Defensive MVP of Munday's State Championship game as he finished with six tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and an interception.
SCOUTING REPORT | The only film I could find was from the state championship game. That's good enough for me. Collier has legitimate size. He's a big kid compared to other Class A, Division II players. You can see how he has speed off the edge, even for a player his size. He has good pursuit. Collier is raw and is going to need some coaching, but you can see the athletic ability. Just take a look at this photo to be amazed. I love this sort of commitment because Munday is West Texas to me and Texas Tech should no longer be losing West Texas kids to other schools. That's not easy, but Lorenzo Joe and some other West Texas players should be considering Texas Tech more. I have a feeling that this staff is really going to make this a priority. Too many good players have left West Texas, and you can't keep them all in Lubbock, but I would absolutely love to see more of an emphasis, especially for the most talented players.
L.J., welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!