Corey Collier, ranked No. 1 safety in '21 by Rivals, commits to Gators

By Graham Hall
Gainesville Sun
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Originally published on  Published on: Aug 10, 2020 at 15:13

Jason Marshall’s declaration he was “going to shake up the room” didn’t take long to ring true –– nor did it end with his commitment Monday.

The five-star defensive back’s teammate, Corey Collier, opted to join Marshall in committing to the Gators rather than play for nearby Miami.

Collier, ranked the No. 1 safety in the 2021 class by Rivals, made his announcement Monday in a commitment video posted to his social media accounts, which UF coach Dan Mullen retweeted soon after.

Considering the factors in his recruitment, landing Collier seems like an impressive victory for Mullen and the Gators.

Collier’s rise in the recruiting rankings was apparent last season when he was named to the Miami Herald’s All-Dade 8A-6A first-team as a junior, leading many to speculate he would stay home when the ‘Canes showed interest. Furthermore, his father, Cornelius Collier, played cornerback at Florida State from 1999-2002, leading other to speculate the 6-foot-2 safety would opt to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the ‘Noles.

However, Monday’s commitment indicates Corey Collier is looking to forge his own path.

Florida moved up to No. 6 in the 247Sports Rankings with its 26th verbal commit for the class.

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