January 11, 2012

Collins enjoys Tide's victory

The University of Alabama now has two major victories over LSU in the past week, the first coming when five-star safety Landon Collins committed to the Crimson Tide over the Tigers at the Under Armour All-America Game, and the second coming on the field Monday night.

Collins surprised some people by picking Alabama since he lives 30 minutes from Baton Rouge, but the Dutchtown High School star said his commitment to UA is firm and the BCS title game only helped solidify that decision.

"It helped my decision, but I was going to Alabama no matter what," Collins said. "It took a lot of pressure off me because now nobody's going to ask, 'why didn't you go to LSU?' It made my decision much better, and it made me have a better day."

Collins made the short drive down to New Orleans to watch the Crimson Tide's victory in person. Wearing all of his Alabama gear, the Tide's newest commit met and took pictures with fans before and after the game.

"I had a 'roll tide roll' sweatshirt with an Alabama hat on and my red socks," Collins said. "The crowd was more Alabama to me, and it was nice. Everybody came up and was trying to take pictures with me. Even some LSU fans came up and started taking pictures. It was fun. It felt good to get out in the crowd with the Alabama fans after they were the champions."

Although the Crimson Tide expects to lose a number of key players from the nation's top defense, Collins believes next year's team will be good enough to compete for another national championship.

"It feels real good," he said. "It feels like we're just going to go and win another one. You've got the same team with a lot of the same players."

The Rivals100 star is done taking his visits and says the UA coaching staff is scheduled to pay him a visit at his home on Friday.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.

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