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Lee County's Collier commits to Ohio St.


Lee County quarterback and Elite 11 finalist Stephen Collier has committed to Ohio State.

Collier says after taking his visit to Columbus, he knew he wanted to be a Buckeye.

"When I went up there, it was just a great feeling," Collier says.

He says OSU Head Coach Urban Meyer and his track record was a key factor in his commitment, and he says he's not taking any more visits.

"He made me want to be great. He made me want to lift my level of play, and really made me want to be the best player I could be. And I think that's something you need in a coach," Collier says. "He's very demanding, but he's also going to care about you as well. I think that's the best two things you could ask for."

Collier will be the only QB commit in the Buckeyes' 2014 class, something Collier was well aware of.

He says when he got the offer, he wanted to jump on it.

The rising senior is just a week away from attending the Elite 11 finalist camp in Oregon, and he says he wanted to have the commitment made before going to the competition.

"It's very stressful heading into Elite 11 with all these other great quarterbacks. And that's no so much the stressful part. The playbook and everything is pretty extensive," Collier says. "So if I could've gotten that out of the way, which I did, it'd be a great burden off my chest to be ready to go out there and compete."

But he says this wasn't a spur-of-the-moment decision.

Collier says he won't be taking any more visits, and will not sway from his commitment.

"I'm completely committed to Ohio State," Collier laughs. "I'm just ready to be there. I really am."

The 6'4, 208 lb. QB seems to be a perfect fit for Meyer's spread offense. Collier threw for 22 TDs and ran for 11 more in 2012.

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