11W Community Interview: Stephen Collier

By Jeremy Birmingham on July 14, 2013 at 6:00p
The 11W Community Interview is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. You submit the questions, vote on them, and then we pass the top ones on to the biggest names in the world of Ohio State athletics.

As Ohio State's 2014 class started to come together, the question of "who is the quarterback?" was of paramount importance to fans and recruits, knowing that Ohio State's signal caller search was a primary concern for the Buckeye coaching staff. In late April, as Ohio State was expanding their search, offensive coordinator Tom Herman made a trip to Georgia to check out an under the radar quarterback from Leesburg named Stephen Collier. Collier impressed the Buckeye play-caller with his size and mechanics, but made a bigger impression with his calm, controlled and measured personality.

That visit left quite an impression on Herman who stayed in regular contact with Collier afterwards, culminating in a June 9th visit from the quarterback to Columbus, where he attended Ohio State's one-day camp with a chance to earn a scholarship to Ohio State.

Twelve days later, Collier did just and on Friday, June 21st he became Ohio State's quarterback for 2014.

Now's your chance to get to know a bit more about Buckeye commitment Stephen Collier.

What was the biggest thing you took away from your Elite 11/Opening camp experience?  - TennBuckeye19

SC: The biggest things I was able to take away the from Elite 11 and The Opening were, one, tools to improve the mental aspect of the Quarterback position, and two, some mechanical tweaks that will help improve velocity as well as accuracy. Sometimes people focus too much on the physical attributes a QB has when a lot of the time the mental part is what makes a QB great. We were able to learn how far we could push ourselves and how to focus and think when we felt exhausted and spent. The tweaks in the mechanics were small, but most things concerning a QB are. "How you do small things is how you do all things."

Do you think your more of a quarterback that makes plays with his feet or his arm? Do you prefer to scramble or stay in the pocket? - RaiderRed

SC: I prefer to stay in the pocket if possible, but if necessary I can make things happen with my feet. I'm definitely a throw first kind of guy.

What are your thought of possibly having 2 QBs in this class?  - WeZBuck28

If two quarterbacks are taken in this class, while unlikely, it wouldn't undermine my commitment to Ohio State. There's going to be competition at any college, so why should it matter if it comes in my class or is already there?

How often (if at all) do you get on recruiting sites to read stuff about you or other recruits? - D1145FreshSC: 

SC: During the first initial months of recruitment I enjoyed looking at all the stories and articles and rankings. Then after a while it didn't seem as important. Now I never look at them.

What other commits do you  frequently chat with, and who are you personally trying to recruit to join you in the 2014 class? - OSUBucks57

SC: I talk to all the commits. We're like brothers now and I'm so glad I get to be apart of the Buckeye family! Guys like Demetrius Knox, Mike Gesicki, and Curtis Samuel are all guys I want to come be apart of our class.

Did OSU provide you with a workout regimen or things they wanted you to work on prior to enrolling? If so, how do you incorporate those things into what your HS coaches and trainers are doing now? - SarasotaBCG

SC: A workout regime, no, not yet. Things I'm expected to work on, yes. It helps too because I can work on these things everyday at practice. Coach Herman is huge on footwork and foot placement. He told me I need to work on being relaxed but ready to throw at any moment and in order to that I need to keep my knees bent and I need to get off of my toes also.

What goes through your mind when you imagine the day you first walk up under center in front of 100,000-plus fans in the "Shoe".   - BuckGuyFan1

SC:  It is really an overwhelming thought. When I first got to see the stadium it just looked so large and I felt like an ant. I know that when I'm finally able to take a snap, the crown noise will be deafening and the adrenaline will be at an all time high for me. I'll be calmed though, because of the months and months of preparation. I'll be anxious but I won't feel pressure, because pressure is only there when you acknowledge it's present.

I think everyone has a dream school or school they rooted for most growing up, which one was yours?  - Poison Nuts

SC: I always rooted for UGA during my early years but as college football kind of became a real possibility I didn't really have a favorite.

Being from Georgia, what is the perception of Ohio State among other Georgia prospects that you've spoken with or been around during the process? - LuckyNutz

There's going to be competition at any college, so why should it matter if it comes in my class or is already there?

SC: Ohio State is defined by one phrase, at least where I live, "they win." Recruits ultimately want to be on a wining program and tOSU offers that.


Are you catching any flack from the SEC fans down in Georgia? If so does it motivate you? - OhioWhiteSnake

SC: Yes, a little! Most times I think they're joking with me though. It definitely motivates me. Can't wait to knock of an SEC school for a national title.

Give us a glimpse of what we'll be able to expect from Stephen Collier in the coming years: What college or pro QB's style/game do you think yours resembles the most? - RightAgain

SC: I don't think I could say everything I do is exactly resembled in one player. I think I manage games well, like my favorite QB in Matt Ryan, I make plays with my feet like Colin Kaepernick, and then I can make it happen in the pocket like an Aaron Rodgers. I'm in no way saying I'm even close to being as good as those guys are though. I still have much learning to do and experience to gain.

I'm so thankful for everything that god has blessed with over this last week. It's truly been amazing. I'd also like to thank my family, friends, and all of those people who believed in me when no else did. Getting the opportunity to play for Ohio State is like a dream come true. I'm blessed beyond measure and I can't wait to work my tail off and do great things at The Ohio State University! O-H!



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ohiowhitesnake's picture

I love his answer to my question. "Can't wait to knock off an SEC school for a national title!" 
Me either kid. Go bucks

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

AndyVance's picture

Absolutely - quote of the day.

Hovenaut's picture

I get the feeling that somewhere down the line, Stephen Collier is going to prove his mettle on the field and make his mark as a Buckeye. And we'll have known him from the beginning.

Another fine community interview, 11W.

BassDropper's picture

This young man was raised the right way and has a good head on his shoulders. At the very least he will provide great leadership and set a positive example for his teammates.


Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I have to admit, I think he's my new favorite recruit. He's such a cerebral guy combined with a competitor.  Keep working hard boy and give me a chance to buy that jersey. 

Read my entire screen name....

osubuck57's picture

Like to hear he's working on Knox, Gesicki, and Samuel!! And that the 2014 class is bonding like family!!


Edincostarica's picture

Ditto!  Wish him the best of luck.


DenBuck's picture

Mr. Collier is a well spoken young man. Glad to have him. 

Buckeye For Life

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Outstanding article Stephen!  Here is the I-O back to your O-H!!!  Welcome to Buckeye Nation and I look forward to watching you and the 2014 class do some great things in the years to come.  Keep working hard and good things will come!!
Go Bucks!

Citrus's picture

Articulate and thoughtful. Sorta reminds me of Gonzo in that regard. Seems like he'll make an excellent analyst or coach someday in the future.

bucknut24's picture

Hope he develops into a great passer.  Welcome aboard

Eddie-Eddie's picture

Stephen looks like a great QB, who will put in the work to make himself an elite QB!  Looking forward to seeing the next few years!
Go Bucks!

pjtobin's picture

What a great kid. Glad he is a buckeye. I hope he lands some more "family". 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

"they win".
That is a huge tag line to be able to drum into the heads of young recruits.  OSU is one of the winningest programs in the country, has one of the greatest coaches of the game, boasts some of the greatest of all time to play the game, and possesses the largest and most faithful fan bases in the solar system.
What more could ya want?
Answer: another national championship.

I like cookies.

buckz4evr's picture

Can't wait to see you as a Buckeye.  You are a great addition to this team.  Work hard and let's win some crystal footballs!

CowCat's picture

Um .... Stephen shouted out O-H- and y'all left him hanging....

I O. !!!!!

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

Seth4Bucks's picture

Not so, CentralFloridaBuckeye got him back with an 'IO!'
TBH, that's one of my biggest pet peeves . . . when I see someone in Buckeye gear and give them an OH shout and they leave me hanging

63tinman's picture

Love the character and spirit of young Mr. Collier! I am seeing a trend of high character recruits.  That will pay enormous dividends off the field, in the locker room, and in the newspapers!  "They win."  They certainly will with fine recruits like Collier.

hit_the_couch's picture

He's hungry; I hope he's a stud.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Germanpancakes's picture

This kid is obviously very intelligent...I like it!!

Buckeye girl's picture

I really like this kid and think that he's going to be a fabulous representative of Buckeye Nation! 

Meechy77's picture

That's my boy!

Angry staff, Angry team. The Ohio State

Buckabroad's picture

I-O! Stephen, based on this interview alone, it is clear to me that you possess maturity and wisdom quite beyond your years. You are a great asset to the team. I am very happy to welcome you to Buckeye Nation!

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

Poison nuts's picture

Another great interview...love what he has to say. Like Hovenaut said, we'll see him do something big on the field one day..I'm looking forward to that.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

buckguyfan1's picture

I O Stephen, be a Champion!

Oldschoolbuck's picture

I know there were a few people on the site who weren't all that excited when Stephen committed, and, of course he hasn't donned the scarlet and gray yet; BUT I am convinced this kid is going to be one of the best QBs we've been privileged to watch at tOSU!
He has the tools, he has maturity, he will get excellent coaching and he sounds like he'll work his behind off!
Welcome, young man ... I-O!