California junior college cornerback commits to UNLV

UNLV needs immediate help in its secondary, and the Rebels might have found it in junior college transfer Damon Collins.

The cornerback from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif., committed to the Rebels, choosing them over Texas-San Antonio, Arkansas State and Troy.

Collins (6 feet, 180 pounds) made three interceptions last season, returning two for touchdowns.

UNLV, which allowed 238.2 yards passing per game and intercepted just nine passes, could use a boost in the secondary, which often looked lost.

Collins said the opportunity to make an immediate impact was important, but didn't assume a starting job would be handed to him.

"I definitely need to come in and compete, and that's fine with me," he said.

UNLV does have some promising young defensive backs, notably cornerback Fred Wilson and safeties Kenny Keys and Peni Vea, who will be sophomores next season.

As a team, the Rebels need to bounce back from a 2-11 record, but Collins noted some tough early losses could've changed the season.

"They could've had six more wins," Collins said. "Then they would've been looking at a bowl game."