Class of 2013

Maliek Collins

HometownKansas City, MO
High schoolKansas City Center

The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Collins had offers from Missouri, Iowa, Iowa State and Kansas, but he was a Husker lean ever since he took an unofficial visit during the football season. His commitment came just 48 hours after another defensive lineman, Kevin Maurice, committed to Nebraska in early January 2013.

“They don’t have a lot of depth at the defensive tackle position," Collins said. "I feel like I’d have to be a dummy to pass that up.”

Collins mentioned that Nebraska was the place where he felt he could accomplish his goals and liked coach Bo Pelini's recruiting style. Collins' primary recruiter was assistant coach John Garrison. lists the lineman's 40-yard dash time at 4.8 seconds and ranks him as the nations No. 25 defensive tackle. ESPN put Collins as its No. 38 tackle and put him as the eighth best prospect in Missouri.

“He was a dominant force on about 90 percent of our plays," Center High coach Bryan DeLong said. "Good motor. Good leader.”

Collins is one of the best heavyweight wrestlers in the state of Missouri. Last season he went 49-3 despite it being only his second year in the sport.

Our take: One of the things that Collins liked about Nebraska was the Huskers’ obvious need at defensive tackle. Does it result in an immediate opportunity? It’s hard to say without knowing how Collins handles his first summer and first preseason camp in Lincoln. Assuming NU gets the progress it needs from redshirt freshmen Aaron Curry and Vincent Valentine, the best thing for Collins would probably be a year to get acclimated and get stronger.

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Q&A with Collins on Signing Day

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