Landon Collins is a free safety for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference. He enters the 2014 season as Phil Steele’s preseason first-team All-American selection and Steele’s top-rated free safety in the country.
Collins attended Dutchtown High School in Louisiana. He was a consensus five-star recruit, a Parade All-American, and ESPN U ranked him as the number-one safety in the country. Rivals.com ranked Collins as the 17th best recruit in the nation.
After his senior season, he became the first player in Louisiana Sports Writers Association history to earn All-State honors in 5A on offense and defense. Collins tallied 34 tackles and four interceptions while 1,218 yards and 21 touchdowns his senior year.
Collins appeared in all 14 games as a true freshman in 2012 with Alabama. He tallied 17 tackles and also blocked a punt while excelling on special teams. As a sophomore in 2013, Collins started nine games and was second on the team in tackles with 70. He picked off two passes, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles as well. Collins also tallied four tackles for loss.
Collins filled in at safety for the suspended Ha Ha Clinton-Dix while still doing most of his damage on special teams. Collins is expected by many to emerge as a star in 2014, as none of the 2013 starters from the season opener are returning for the Crimson Tide.
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