Landon Collins

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Landon Collins
Alabama Crimson TideNo. 26
Defensive backJunior
Date of birth: (1993-01-10) January 10, 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)Weight: 222 lb (101 kg)
Career history
High school: Geismar (LA) Dutchtown
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com
 
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Landon Collins
Alabama Crimson TideNo. 26
Defensive backJunior
Date of birth: (1993-01-10) January 10, 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)Weight: 222 lb (101 kg)
Career history
High school: Geismar (LA) Dutchtown
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com

Landon Collins (born January 10, 1993) is an American football defensive back. He currently attends the University of Alabama.

High school career[edit]

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Collins grew up in the Algiers neighborhood. When Hurricane Katrina hit the city in 2005, Collins and his family had to leave, and eventually settled in Geismar, Louisiana. There he attended Dutchtown High School, where he was an All-American defensive back. As a sophomore, he had 26 tackles with 1.5 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery, while playing alongside senior Eric Reid. Replacing Reid, Collins accounted for 102 tackles with 12 tackles for loss and four interceptions as a junior, earning an 5A All-State selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. The Dutchtown Griffins went unbeaten through the regular season and entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, only to be upset 29–14 by No. 24 New Iberia Westgate in the Class 5A quarterfinals.[1] The Griffins finished the season with a 12–1 record.

As a senior, Collins excelled on both sides of the ball. On offense, he rushed for 1,218 yards and 21 touchdowns while averaging 13.7 yards per carry. Meanwhile, in the defensive backfield, he had 34 tackles with four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. Collins became the first player in LSWA history to earn 5A All-State honors on both sides of the ball.[2] He led the Griffins to their second straight 10-0 regular season and District 5-5A title. However, in the opening round of the 5A playoffs, they were upset 28–14 by Ponchatoula.[3] For his individual achievements, Collins earned All-American honors by Parade and USA Today. He also starred in the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game, recording an interception and keying a goal-line stand.[4]

Collins was also a standout athlete for the Dutchtown High School track team. He won the 100 meters at the 2012 Episcopal 4-Way Championships, with a career-best time of 10.28 seconds.[5] He won the 200 meters at the 2012 Episcopal Josten's Invitational, with a career-best time of 21.60 seconds.[6] He also competed in long jump and was a member of the high school relay team.

Recruiting[edit]

Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Collins was ranked as the No. 2 safety prospect in his class, behind only Shaq Thompson.[7] Recruited by nearly every major school, Collins narrowed his choice down to Alabama and Louisiana State. He announced his decision live at the Under Armour All-America Game, choosing the Crimson Tide, much to the dismay of his mother.[8][9] Collins acknowledged that he “actually made the decision two years ago.”[4]

College career[edit]

As a true freshman at Alabama, Collins contributed as a backup. He started on the kickoff and punt coverage units on and saw reserve action at safety in all 14 season games, recording 17 tackles and blocking a punt. He tied for the team lead with 10 special teams tackles, including nine on kickoff coverage and one on punt coverage.

Professional career[edit]

In May 2014, Collins was projected a high first-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft by various mock drafts.[10][11][12]

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