You would think that a gifted athlete with the name Boomer would be headed straight for Norman, Okla. to don the scarlet jersey of Oklahoma’s Boomer Sooners.
Instead, Waxahachie’s Boomer Collins will be heading to Lincoln to wear the scarlet jersey of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
A gifted athlete Collins was named the District 15-4A Most Valuable Player in football for the second consecutive year.
Collins began playing football in the 7th grade at Hughes Springs and played there through his freshman season. While at Hughes Springs, he earned Newcomer of the Year for District 17-A in football as a freshman. At Waxahachie High School, Boomer’s honors continued as he was named MVP of the district in 2006 and again in 2007.
But, Collins won’t be suiting up for newly named football coach Bo Pelini at Nebraska. Instead, he will play for baseball coach Mike Anderson.
A true multi-sport talent Boomer earned First Team All-District status as a freshman at Hughes Springs and then was named to the Class 2A All-State team as an outfielder that same season.. At WHS, Boomer was named as the Newcomer of the Year for District 15-4A as a sophomore and earned First Team All-District status last year. Even more awards could come his way as he finishes his play on the high school diamond this spring at Richards Park.
Last summer Boomer participated in the 2007 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif. And he led his DBAT Team to the 2006 AABC Mickey Mantle World Series title.
The Nebraska coach is very impressed with the WHS star saying Boomer is a very fundamentally sound player who brings a number of things to our program. At the plate, he has a great hitter’s mentality and has shown the ability to hit the ball to all fields. He is very athletic and has shown the versatility to play a number of positions (C, 2B, 3B, OF) at a high level. Boomer has a great background and that shows in his approach to both athletics and academics.
The son of MISD Superintendent Tom and Sheri Collins, Boomer is excited to be headed for Lincoln, Neb. to play college ball.
“I’m thrilled to be going to Nebraska. It is so exciting to be going to play Division I ball, to take my baseball skills to another level. It is so exciting to be going to play in the Big XII, that has always been a dream of mine,” Boomer said.
“Boomer built a good relationship with Nebraska assistant baseball coach Eric Newman when he was the head coach at Dallas Baptist University,” his father said. “They met through baseball and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. It was natural for Boomer to want to go to Nebraska to be with Coach Newman. We are very proud of our son. We are glad that he participates in athletics and excels. But, he is a better citizen than athlete and that makes us proud of him. He is an attribute to all the teachers and coaches that he has had. He is the kind of person that he is because of those teachers and coaches.”
“Coach Newman is a very big reason I’m going to Nebraska,” Boomer added. “He is a great Christian man and always deports himself in a Christian attitude. My visits to Nebraska were really great. It will be a positive influence on my life to go to school there.”
Chris Peacock is now the head baseball coach at Prosper High School and as Boomer’s former coach remembers him well.
“Boomer is one of the greatest kids I have had the opportunity to coach. It was a privilege to be around him. He always gives 100 percent. Whether he goes 0-for-4 or 4-for-4, he never changes his attitude. He is a testament to the way he was raised, and the way he goes about his business on a daily basis.”
Former WHS head baseball coach Matt Webb, now the offensive coordinator for the Keller High School football, had more praise for the young athlete. “He is one of those kids that don’t come around very often. He is a great leader, great player and probably his best attribute is that he is a great competitor, ” Webb stated.
Collins plans to major in sports journalism and communications and hopes to some day be on ESPN broadcasting football, baseball or whatever they can find for him to cover.