Another vital player from Munday’s 2012 state championship team has decided Texas Tech is where he wants to play college football.
L.J. Collier followed in the footsteps of Moguls teammate Dee Paul, verbally committing to the Red Raiders Sunday after making the trip to Lubbock for Junior Day.
Collier can’t sign a letter of intent until next February, but he made it clear Tech’s facilities, coaching staff, academics and longtime interest were reasons why he decided to be among the Red Raiders’ first Class of 2014 commits.
“I feel real good about it because no one has been giving me any love,” Collier said. “It felt like being home. They’ve been looking at me since I was a sophomore. I think I’ll fit in good and have a good future there.”
The commitment comes four days after Paul signed his National Letter of Intent to play football next year with Texas Tech.
A nephew of the Collier twins who played football at Oklahoma, L.J. Collier is pegged as a defensive end at the next level. He also played tight end for the Moguls and has been on the varsity since he was a freshman.
Collier was named the Defensive MVP in the Class A Division II title game in December. His 35-yard interception return was a turning point in Munday’s 42-14 victory over Tenaha, and Collier also finished the game with six tackles (three for a loss) and a sack.
Collier notched 76 tackles (21 for a loss), four sacks and 16 batted pass in during his junior season. On offense, he caught 21 passes for 465 yards and four scores.
While maybe not as high-profile as Paul, Collier is a 6-4, 245-pounder with the agility and athleticism that has become a necessity at defensive end. He is one of the Moguls’ top basketball players and is a two-time Class A state track representative in the discus.
“He has been on their radar and he’s played well enough,” Munday coach Patrick Corcoran said. “I would expect more people to start looking at him, but I think he’s pretty solid at Tech.
“For this to happen in Munday back-to-back years in different classes, that’s pretty cool.”