Former DU football recruit facing a minimum of one decade in prison

Adam Lindner | Sports Editor


A former Duquesne football recruit is facing a minimum of 10 years in Florida state prison.

Jake Collins, who was arrested in April for burglary with a firearm among other charges, pleaded guilty last week to four charges, each carrying a 10-year term. However, it’s possible that the judge could combine the four counts.

According to The Palm Beach Post (Florida), Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes approved Collins’ pleas of one count of burglary with a firearm, two counts of dealing in stolen property and one for pawning stolen goods. A fifth count, grand theft, was dropped.

Collins’ sentencing is set for March 28.

According to The Post, Duquesne officials said Friday that the school rescinded Collins’ offer in May, one month after gathering details pertaining to Collins’ legal situation.

A Lake Worth, Florida, native, Collins was a 3-star recruit hailing from Park Vista Community High School. A 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back, Collins committed to Duquesne after originally committing to FBS member South Florida. According to 247 Sports, he also fielded offers from FBS schools Appalachian State and Northern Illinois, among others.