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Columbus North seniors Mitchel Collier and Landon Robbins participated in a college-bound student-athlete ceremony on Wednesday (Dec. 18) to finalize their respective choices for college athletics and academics.
This is the second ceremony of the 2019-2020 academic year for Columbus North athletes in the Class of 2020. Collier signed a national letter of intent with Central Michigan, while Robbins formalized his commitment to Valparaiso University in the ceremony in the Columbus North Athletic Conference Room.
Collier, a 6-2, 220-pound tight end, was a key blocker and led the 2019 Bull Dogs in receiving with 34 catches for 383 yards and one touchdown. He also played defensive end, where he totaled 34 tackles with five tackles for loss, one sack, one pass broken up and four quarterback pressures. For his career, Collier totaled 51 receptions for 528 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, he totaled 134 tackles with 11 TFLs, eight sacks, four PBUs and 10 QB pressures.
Earlier this month, Collier was named the state’s top tight end as part of the Indiana Mr. Football program, and he also was chosen to the Indiana Football Coaches Association’s Top 50 All-State Team.
Collier, who plans to study business in college, will join a Central Michigan program that is 8-5 this season and went 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Chippewas will play on Saturday (Dec. 21) in the New Mexico Bowl against San Diego State.
Robbins, a 6-0, 220-pound linebacker, was named IFCA Class 6A first-team Senior All-State after amassing a team-best 116 tackles, including 73 solo tackles. He also totaled nine TFLs, three sacks and one QB pressure. For his career, Robbins totaled 135 solo tackles, 15 shy of making the CN career top-five list in that category.
At Valparaiso, Robbins will be joining a Crusaders’ program that went 1-11 overall and 1-7 in the Pioneer Football League. The Pioneer League is the nation’s only non-scholarship football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. Other schools in the league are Butler, Davidson, Dayton, Drake, Jacksonville, Marist, Morehead State, San Diego and Stetson.
Robbins plans on majoring in mechanical engineering at Valparaiso.
Collier and Robbins were the ninth and 10th athletes in Columbus North’s senior class to take part in a college-bound student-athlete ceremony this school year. Last month, eight seniors participated in a similar ceremony. An 11th senior, softball player Brooke Bruin, has announced a commitment to DePauw University and will take part in another such ceremony in April 2020.
COLUMBUS NORTH CLASS OF 2020
Student, Sport, College Choice
* Brooke Bruin, softball, DePauw University
^ Casper Clark, baseball, Indiana University
# Mitchel Collier, football, Central Michigan
^ Caroline Hollenkamp, women’s soccer, Brandeis University (Mass.)
^ Betsy King, women’s swimming, Ball State
^ Olivia Morlok, women’s swimming, Ohio University
^ Sierra Norman, softball, Marian University
^ Lauren Opalka, volleyball, Muskingum University (Ohio)
# Landon Robbins, football, Valparaiso University
^ Erica Samuel, women’s swimming, Indiana Wesleyan
^ Grant Trinkle, baseball, University of Kentucky
^ took part in ceremony on Nov. 13, 2019
# took part in ceremony on Dec. 18, 2019
* taking part in a later ceremony; date TBA
PHOTO: Ted Schultz (foreground), sports editor of The Republic, takes a photo of Landon Robbins (left) and Mitchel Collier during the college-bound student-athlete ceremony on Dec. 18, 2019.