Despite a 28-6 loss to Archbishop Wood on Saturday, a couple of players from Neumann Goretti High School stood out.
One of those players is 2022 three-star linebacker recruit Raleigh Collins III. Collins (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) plays across Neumann Goretti’s defense, lining up as Neumann Goretti’s version of a Swiss Army knife. With elite size and speed, Collins’ impact can be seen at all three levels of the defense as a linebacker and cornerback.
Collins flashed his ability to shed tackles in pursuit of tackles, a sturdy tackling ability in the open field and the speed to chase down opposing players in the secondary.
— Raleigh Collins III (@_RaleighCollins) September 5, 2021
Against Archbishop Wood, Collins regularly found himself in the opposing backfield to make tackles for loss, shadowed opposing wide receivers to break up passes and used his size and strength to make impact plays in the backfield and in the secondary.
With excellent size and strength, Collins is a fit for linebacker and defensive back at the next level, and he’s flashing that at the high school level.
According to 247Sports, Collins is rated as the 613th-ranked recruit in the class. He’s rated as the 66th-ranked linebacker and the 18th-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania while Rivals rates him as the 53rd-rated cornerback and the 17th-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania.
On a Neumann-Goretti team with fellow WVU commit Kevin Thomas, the pair will continue to draw coverage throughout the high school football season.