Savion Collins is staying close to home. The three-star lineman out of Miami (Fla.) Palmetto announced on National Signing Day that he is signing with nearby FIU, turning down a preferred walk-on opportunity at Florida in the process. Memphis and UCF were also in contact.
Collins, who the industry-generated 247Sports Composite pegs as the nation’s No. 35 defensive tackle prospect in the class of 2021, will become the third-highest ranked high school prospect to ink with the Panthers in program history.
New offensive coordinator Tim Harris Jr. led the charge for FIU, but head coach Butch Davis was just as involved in the recruitment as was new defensive coordinator Everett Witthers.
Collins was previously committed to Miami. He first emerged on the scene after a promising sophomore season at Miami (Fla.) Southwest and was offered a scholarship by the nearby Hurricanes in June of 2018. Collins ended up committing to Miami in September of 2018. While he flirted with different schools at different points during the process, he didn’t back off his verbal commitment to Miami until December of 2020.
As a senior, Collins got snaps on both offense and defense for a Panthers’ team that made the 8A state semifinals. He also earned an invitation to the Under Armour All-American Game, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 247Sports evaluation for Collins is below.
“Added some weight summer before senior season. Has big hands. Should be able to properly fill out favorable frame once lifting in a college weight room. First burst onto the scene as a sophomore when he clocked a 4.85 in the 40-yard dash at 285 pounds. Might not have played consistently at that speed in pads, but the right coaching staff could be able to tap into that athletic ability. At his best when he can just bull rush.
“Has a quick first step which allows him to gain leverage and get underneath opposing linemen. Doesn’t let many ball carries slip out of his grip. Can get downhill without much of a problem, but struggles when asked to move east or west. Will likely need a redshirt season to rework the body. A permanent position change isn’t entirely out of the question as he also got snaps at different spots on the offensive line before wrapping up his prep career playing in one of the Sunshine State’s highest classifications.”
Collins wasn’t the only notable signee for FIU on Wednesday. The Panthers also finalized things with three-star quarterback Grayson James. The Duncanville (Texas) High standout, who 247Sports views as the nation’s No. 35-ranked pro-style pass, was an Elite 11 finalist and managed to complete 70 percent of his passes as a senior for 2,651 yards and 31 touchdowns with just five interceptions to his credit.
Other headliners in FIU’s class include: Miami (Fla.) Miami Springs three-star defensive back Demetrius Hill, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stranahan three-star offensive lineman Kareem Harden, Miami (Fla.) Carol City three-star running back Katravis Geter Jr. and Saint Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood three-star wide receiver Artez Hooker.