A few weeks after the news broke that UAB football would be disbanded, thanks in part to strong Alabama-Tuscaloosa sympathies on the Alabama Board of Trustees, Buffalo fans yesterday got word that UB would be adding two former Blazers to the Bulls.
Our article yesterday noted safety Jordan Collier, but shortly after publishing we saw that wide receiver Collin Lisa will be joining Collier in the move north. It's of course possible that more Blazers will come to Buffalo, but these are the two we know about now.
So what are Bulls fans getting in Collier and Lisa? The most important thing to point out is that both are young with lots of eligibility left, having just graduated high school in 2014. Collier did not play on the defensive side of the ball this year, but Lisa did see snaps against Mississippi State and Alabama A&M, catching one pass for nine yards against the Bulldogs.
The lack of playing time is not too concerning to me as both are freshman, though it is a little tougher to get a picture of just who they are. Both are from Georgia originally; yesterday we noted that Collier will join two Lovejoy HS teammates in Buffalo, while Lisa will represent Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta, GA.
Both played at Georgia's highest level of high school competition: Class AAAAAA. Collier was a First Team All-State selection who received offers from Georgia State and Furman but was also on the radar of a number of southeastern power conference schools after transferring from Stone Mountain to Lovejoy for his senior year. He finished the 2013 regular season with four interceptions, and was originally committed to Furman before making his way to Birmingham.
Lisa earned First Team All-Region honors himself at Class AAAAAA for Chattahoochee. The specific regions in Georgia differ somewhat from class to class, but Region 6 is generally in the northern end of the state and includes many schools from the large population centers in the Atlanta Metro Area.
In addition to the regional honors, Lisa was named All-State Honorable Mention by the Georgia Sportswriters Association and a top-75 prospect in the state by the Atlanta Journal Constitution after a senior season that saw him rack up 981 yards receiving, which was actually a downtick from his 1000-yard, 13-touchdown junior season in his first year in Georgia. The receiver originally held an offer from Buffalo before committing to UAB, and was also offered by Akron, Charlotte, Mercer, and Toledo.
You can say this as well: He knows where his bread is buttered:
Joe Licata (@JoeLicata16) December 15, 2014
Catch highlights from Lisa's junior year and Collier's senior year below: