High school football players around the country are signing letters of intent on National Signing Day. For one Dallas area football player, it is a bittersweet moment. Skyline cornerback Cedric Collins from the Dallas area had verbally committed to Texas A&M in August of 2012 before his junior season, then tragedy struck in the 2012 school playoffs.
He was hit in the lefs and lost feeling in his legs. Eventually he walked off the field but x-rays and MRIs revealed another issue, and Collins was Klippel-Feil Syndrome, a rare congenital fusion of vertebrae.
He would never play another football game and his career would end before he ever got to play for Texas A&M. The Aggies could’ve moved on from Collins, but they’re fulfilling their nonbinding oral commitment. He will sign a letter of intent on Wednesday like so many other players, and A&M will file for a medical exemption. That would allow A&M to pay for his school though it wouldn’t have to count Collins against the 85-player scholarship limit.
“He’s got the same scholarship,” said Collins’ father, Cedric Sr., said according to the Dallas Morning News, “that the starting quarterback has.”
Texas A&M and Coach Sumlin deserve a lot of credit for following through.