• Centennial’s Jacob Collier signed a letter of intent last Wednesday with Texas Wesleyan. Shown seated, from left, are Jamie Collier, Jacob Collier and Jeremy Collier. Standing are Centennial principal Jimmy Neal, Centennial football coach Kyle Geller and BISD Superintendent Bret Jimerson. BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO

Centennial's Collier gets in on ground floor at Texas Wesleyan

When Jacob Collier arrived at Centennial the Spartans’ football program was still just a toddler.

Next season, Collier will be a part of something special at Texas Wesleyan University where he will be a member of the Rams first football team since 1941.

Wednesday, Collier, a tackle for the Spartans, signed a letter of intent to play football for the Rams and head coach Joe Prud’homme.

Centennial coach Kyle Geller said Prud’homme saw Collier play against Arlington Seguin last season and saw a player he wanted to sign.

“We are very excited that Jacob will be joining the Rams,” Prud’homme said. “He is a very athletic and dynamic offensive lineman that fits our scheme and has a very bright future.”

Geller, the ultimate fan on Collier, said he is a Spartan through and through and exemplifies the three things the coaches teach their players that matter the most - do what’s right, do your best and care about others.

“When you combine (what Prud’homme said) with those intangibles you have a combination for success,” Geller said.

Texas Wesleyan ended its football program in 1941 because most players were serving in the military following the United States entry into World War II.

Collier said the chance to be in at the beginning of the Rams’ program was a determining factor in his decision to attend Texas Wesleyan.

“I think it is going to be a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a program,” Collier said. “It’s kind of like when I came to Centennial it was relatively new. As coach (Geller) said I left a legacy here and I plan on leaving a legacy there.”

Collier said he was drawn to Texas Wesleyan because it was 20 minutes away from home and the campus is beautiful.

“It’s a small campus and that was another point that drew me there,” Collier said.

Although Collier isn’t the biggest offensive tackle around Geller said he won’t soon be forgotten at Centennial.

“We are going to miss you here,” Geller said. “You have left a legacy especially for that offensive line with the way you practiced and brought it every day. I want to thank you for that Jacob.”

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