Todd Collier may have been on his school vacation last week but the honors kept pouring in for the St. Mary’s High School football standout.
Collier, who was on a skiing trip in Maine, received a call from head coach Matt Durgin who informed him that he has been named to the Super 26 All-State Team and will be selected to play in the 2012 Shriners Football Classic in June.
“I was excited when coach Durgin called me with the news,” Collier said in his first interview since his selection. “I want to thank all my coaches, my front [offensive] line and the other running backs for making these awards possible.”
Collier, who is 5-feet-7 and weight 165 pounds, was a three-year starter for the Spartans. This season as the featured back, he scored 28 touchdowns and finished with 196 points. He was also a standout at defensive back, the position for which he selected to the All-State Team. He has been previously recognized as an All-Scholastic and the Item Player of the Year.
“I’m very happy and grateful for my career at St. Mary’s,” said Collier. “If I went to any other school, I don’t think I would be in this position right now.”
Collier praised the coaching he received from Durgin and his staff.
“Coach Durgin did everything for me,” said Collier. “I learned so much football from him and the other coaches. He stressed the importance of hard work in practice and how that translates in to success in games. I’m thankful for all the recognition that he helped me attain.”
Collier played seven years in the East Lynn Pop Warner Bulldogs program, learning the fundamentals from several coaches including his uncle, Duke Wilson, a highly successful mentor in the program.
Collier has received correspondences from college football programs but he is considering a year of prep school, having already visited Avon Old Farms in Connecticut.
Todd is the son of Annette Vicioso and Romll Kidd. He has a younger brother, Jordan, who is a sophomore at St. Mary’s who also plays football.
Collier said he’s also hoping to be selected to the Harry Agganis Football Classic that is played at Manning Field.