USC Football

Casey Collier Is Ready to Take the Next Step at USC

February 9, 2020

Since Graham Harrell, Mike Jinks, and other Texas-based coaches have joined Clay Helton’s staff, the Trojans have been very active in recruiting the Lone Star state. In the 2020 class, USC landed two Texas players, the first time they’ve signed multiple Texas players since signing running backs Aca’Cedric Ware and Ronald Jones in 2015. One of those players is Casey Collier, a mammoth 6-7 300-pound tackle out of Mount Belvieu who’s 38 ½ inch arm length rivals those of NFL tackles, especially his favorite, who happens to be Trojan legend Tyron Smith(Smith is at 36 inches).

“I just love the way he moves,” Collier said of Smith. “He’s strong with his hands, and a dominant player. I want to model my game after him.”

Despite his strong measurables, Collier’s recruitment started slowly. He didn’t receive his first offer until last January, but says he knew he could really play at the next level when offers like Minnesota came in.

“I felt like I wasn’t going to get any big time offers,” Collier said. “Then I got Minnesota, and then I started watching a lot more film, and realized that I still needed to grow into my body and be that top kind of player.”

Recruiting is something that the Collier family is very familiar with. Casey’s sister, Charli, is a basketball player at the University of Texas who was a McDonald’s High School All-American and the No.2 overall player in the 2018 class according to ESPN. With that being said, Casey leaned on Charli and his mother who relayed a simple message to him in the recruiting process: Look for the best education, and where you feel the most comfortable, something that he found on USC’s campus in Los Angeles.

“It is difficult to leave Texas, but I don’t want to look back and be like, why did I stay when I had a better opportunity at USC?” Collier said of his decision.

Speaking of USC, the Trojans’ pursuit of Collier began in September of 2019, and was spearheaded by running backs coach Mike Jinks and offensive line coach Tim Drevno, who he feels relates to him beyond the football field. 

“I really like him[Drevno],” Collier said. “We both kind of come from the same story. Our dads both passed away when we were young and stuff and I really like him, he seems like a great guy.”

The game changer for Collier was the official visit, where the Trojans sold him on the “Trojan Family” both on and off the field.

“I’ve been on a lot of visits, but when I got to USC it was different,” Collier said. “I really bonded with the players and the coaches really well, more than any other school. I think we’re gonna go far, like national championship level, especially with Graham Harrell who runs a great offense.”

In terms of the off-field vision, Collier said,“Once a Trojan always a Trojan. When it comes to getting a job, one of the people were saying they got a job just because they went to USC.”

Collier showed his love for USC by announcing his commitment shortly after his official visit.

Until he arrives on campus in June, Collier is focused on working out and preparing himself for the college level with an open-minded approach. He’s also taking the time to get to know his teammates, a group that has already two group chats, one for just the offensive lineman and one for the entire class, to get to know one another.

“I think we’re going to bond really well,” Collier said. “I can tell, we are going to be brothers.”

Hopefully for USC, Collier and his new “brothers” will help bring the Trojans back to national relevance over the next few seasons.

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