When Corey Collier arrived at Miami Palmetto (FL) High School as a freshman, he ensured the Panthers one thing: loyalty.
Three years later, the No. 3 safety in the nation has given the Florida Gators his verbal pledge.
“Me, I’m very big on loyalty,” Collier said in a video interview with Gators Territory. “Once I commit, I’m not going anywhere so they don’t have to worry nothing about me leaving.”
“I’m going to get there, I’m going to grind for my spot, and yea, I’m not leaving.”
Collier, who holds over 30 offers, chose the Gators over finalists LSU and Miami (FL) on Monday.
When his recruitment first took off, he was expected to follow the footsteps of his father, Corey Collier Sr., who played linebacker at Florida State from 1999-2002. However, Collier decided to create his own route.
“But it’s my decision, it’s my path, so I’m going to choose and do what I want to do,” he said on CBS Sports HQ.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder credited UF’s coaching staff for making him feel comfortable and ensuring that he’ll have the opportunity to make an impact in the Gators’ secondary as a freshman.
“Pretty much looking into Florida, really going in and starting early, the coaches really believed in me a lot, they talked to me a lot,” Collier said.
In his interview with Gators Territory, Collier added that he likes the defense Florida runs and can play multiple roles in the secondary.
“[Head coach Dan Mullen] said that I’m very versatile, and that’s very big in the NFL,” he stated.
Collier, who’s ranked as a four-star recruit and the countries No. 83 player by 247Sports Composite, was named to the Miami Herald All-Dade 8A-6A team as a junior.
In 2019, he recorded 52 tackles, four tackles for loss, four interceptions and 13 pass breakups for the 10-2 Panthers. Collier received his offer from the Gators in October 2018 following a sophomore campaign in which he garnered 23 tackles, five interceptions and 13 pass breakups.
Collier’s commitment on Monday came one day after his fellow Palmetto teammate, five-star defensive back Jason Marshall, committed Sunday. Marshall’s commitment certainly impacted Collier’s decision.
“That’s going to be great, because me and Jason, we talked about going to college together before all this,” he said. “Like freshman year we talked about it. Got on the same page with the same college and now we’re going to college together.”
And before Collier will touch the field, the 170-pounder will have to add muscle and continue to physically develop. His mother, Alanyia Johnson, told Gators Territory that she was sold by Florida after they offered Collier a meal plan.
“Me and his grandma have to force feed him,” Johnson said. “So with me telling Florida that when we had our conversations, they started sending me like meal plans of what he would be eating and how they were going to address that. When I got that information, it really impressed me.”
Collier’s commitment gives the Gators the No. 6 class in the 2021 cycle, per 247Sports Composite Team Rankings. He becomes the sixth defensive back to give their pledge to UF.