"I am going to Alabama."

"I am going to Alabama."

Landon Collins, five-star safety from Geismar-Dutchtown, La., has been in the news since announcing his college decision on national TV in the all-star game in January. He talks 'Why Alabama' and much more is talked of this athlete from Dutchtown.


Landon Collins
Scout.com Rating: Five-star
Scout.com Rank: No. 2 Safety
Size: 6-foot, 210-pounds
School: Geismar, La. (Dutchtown)
Projected Position: Safety

Stats: Collins had 89 carries in 2011 for 1,218 yards with 21 touchdowns. He added 34 tackles on defense, four interceptions with two returned for touchdowns. He had 102 tackles during his junior season and four interceptions.

Commit Date: 1/05/2012
Recruiting Competition: LSU, Florida State, Texas

Why Alabama: "When I go there they greet me with open arms. I feel at home. I feel like I can trust them. I like everything about Alabama. Everything is great. I like the place a lot and the academics. I like the surroundings. Alabama is just a great place to be. I really don't know what else to say, but Roll Tide!


"I felt more comfortable at Alabama. I felt like Alabama is where I needed to be. I feel like I will get a lot of playing time there. It's a place where I feel like I can develop over the next four years and be around the best coaching staff in the country.

"I love coach Saban. He is really cool. A lot of people say he doesn't ever smile. He always smiles and jokes when I am around him. He talks about his wife, opening up Christmas presents and everything. He is really fun. I like being around him."

Coach Quotes: "He is an all-around athlete," said Dutchtown Assistant Principal Ron Brown. "He could play on both sides of the ball, but they are recruiting him as a defensive back/safety type. But he could be a running back if he decided he wanted to. He can return kicks. He is quite an athlete. He can return punts, and they may use him to return kicks and punts.

"I don't know what they plan to use him as, but I think he will play his first year whether he'll be a nickel back or he could beat somebody out in the regular position. He has great speed. He has great strength. He has a great vertical jump.

"I think just making a college adjustment is the only thing that might stand out. He's never been on the college level, so I think that every kid that comes out of high school will have to make that jump.

"He is going to find out that kids on this level are just as fast as he is, and being recruited by Alabama and LSU they are about on the same level. It won't be how he stands out over them like he does over these right now.

"He is quite a kid that's all I can say. He is focused. He has a great future. He is a good student. He is just a good solid citizen, he really is. He is a solid kid. He isn't a braggadocios kind of kid. He's kind of quiet. He's not boastful. You don't hear him loud mouthing or anything. He's soft-spoken and always smiling. Just an all-around good kid. Everything he has gotten, all the awards is due, as an athlete and as a person.

"He has the school backing, the staff backing. He's a good kid. He is focused and knows exactly what he wants to do."

Andrew Bone says: "Collins is a special player and was a top target for Alabama head coach Nick Saban at the safety position. Collins is a player who has the physical tools and skill set to play immediately for a national title contender like Alabama.

"Collins will see the field early and often if he can quickly learn the defensive system. He is very physical. He is an aggressive player who loves to deliver big hits. He can fly on the field and cover a lot of ground. He knows what to do with the ball in his hands and can find the endzone. Collins will have a special career in Tuscaloosa under the guidance of Nick Saban."

Rebecca Johnston contributed to this report.

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