Tennessee continues to pursue a ton of defensive backs in the 2019 recruiting cycle. The Vols are looking hardest at cornerbacks right now, but they’re still going after some more safeties in the class as well. And they just made the cut for an athletic safety out of the state of Georgia.
Treron Collins is a talented safety from Fairburn, Georgia. He posted his top six schools in his recruitment on Twitter, and Tennessee was one of his teams.
— Treron Collins🏝 (@Treroncollins) July 17, 2018
The Vols made Collins’ list along with Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, West Virginia, and Louisville. Tennessee’s previous staff were the ones who actually offered Collins back in March of 2017 while he was on an unofficial visit to UT’s campus. He picked up an offer from North Carolina earlier this year and also holds offers from Florida, Cincinnati, and Kansas State among others.
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety is the No. 580 overall player and No. 42 safety in the 2019 class.
Collins’ most recent highlight film is from his sophomore year, but even then it was apparent that he was a solid defensive play-maker. He has some good awareness and tracks the ball and ball carriers very well. Tackling isn’t an issue for him either, and he’s an adept run defender as well as a more than capable pass defender. He’s a rare safety who is good at both. But that also means he doesn’t necessarily excel at both, and he needs to get stronger as well. But that’s something that can be fixed in a college weight room.
In his sophomore and junior seasons, Collins totaled 73 tackles, a tackle for loss, three interceptions, and 10 passes defended according to MaxPreps.
Tennessee currently has two safeties committed in their 2019 class, but it’s expected that three-star safety/athlete Aaron Beasley will get a look at running back once he arrives at Tennessee. So the Vols are still in the market for another safety to go along with four-star Anthony Harris. Collins hasn’t taken any visits to schools since March, so his recruitment has gone a little silent lately. But the Vols will likely keep an eye on him and see how his senior season goes.