One of the nation's best is a Florida legacy

Jul 30, 2019 | 0 comments

Miami (Fla.) Palmetto cornerback Corey Collier Jr.‍ may already be a composite Top 60 prospect in the Class of 2021, but he still felt the need to put on a show in front of the Florida Gators coaching staff during Friday Night Lights.

And that’s just what the 6-2, 170-pounder did, but he admitted to Inside the Gators that he does not feel prioritized.

“They don’t look at me a lot, like, seeing me every day. [I came to] just give them a quick look of what I can do and that I have the ability to play here,” said Collier Jr.

The Gators are one of his 35 listed offers, but the four-star prospect said that the Orange & Blue offer means more to him than many of the others.

“[The offer] means everything to me. My uncle Charles Rackley went here,” he said. “I have a hard interest in coming here. I like the players’ swag.”

The coaching staff, though, is piquing that interest more than anything. He spoke quite highly of cornerbacks coach Torrian Gray.

“I love the defensive backs,” said Collier Jr. “[The group] fits my vibe. Coach Gray keeps it real with all his players. He don’t sugar coat. If you do something wrong, he tells you. I love that.”

Collier had even more praise for Dan Mullen.

“That man right there,” he said, pointing at the head coach, “He changed the program around.”

Also, a long list of former Gators who have built up the DBU tradition only adds to the respect Collier has for the team.

Vernon Hargreaves III, Joe Haden, and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, but even players here now like CJ Henderson, Marco Wilson, Shawn Davis.”

The Florida native has a catalog of top programs fighting for his commitment over a year out from 2021’s National Signing Day. While he was hesitant to name a “list,” he did divulge some schools he is taking more seriously than others.

“Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Miami, FSU, LSU, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Auburn.”

How do the Gators move to near the top of his list, Collier proves pretty clear cut path: “Nothing really major,” he said. “Just to stay in contact.”

Collier Jr. is the No. 59 rated prospect in the Class of 2021 according to the 247 Sports Composite.

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