Aggies honor scholarship offer, even though DB’s career is over

Photo courtesy of Cedric Collins

Cedric Collins has been the ultimate spokesman for Texas A&M’s program since committing to the Aggies all the way back in August 2012.

Positive, always positive.

Today, the one-time four-star defensive back was rewarded for his loyalty to the program. Collins, who suffered an injury during his junior season that led to a discovery of congenital cervical abnormalities, was told by doctors that playing football again would be too dangerous. Head coach Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies have honored his scholarship offer, quite a statement considering how cutthroat SEC recruiting can be. Yes, even a single scholarship is huge.

It doesn’t matter. The Dallas native pledged nearly a year and a half ago, and Texas A&M pledged too.

“What I believe Coach (Kevin) Sumlin is building is a soon to be National Champion and mentally tough men that will be able to achieve anything,” Collins told Saturday Down South in an interview last fall. “It’s very exciting to be a part of this A&M class. The excitement around A&M right now is well deserved … The goal is not just to win the SEC, but a (national) championship. And as for the state of Texas, the Aggies are taking over.”

Collins and the school will file for a medical exemption, which could get the scholarship back if the NCAA allows. But there’s a chance they won’t get it back.

In a conference known for all kinds of used-car salesmen tactics when it comes to recruiting, this is a breath of fresh air.

Classy move, Texas A&M.

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