A slew of student athletes from Xavier College Preparatory High School signed late letters of intent to colleges this year, and Imani Collins was the lone volleyball player to do so.
She’ll be playing ball at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta this fall and spoke to MyDesert earlier this week about her decision to attend the Division III school.
QUESTION: How did you hear about Oglethorpe?
ANSWER: Actually, the coach contacted me about playing there, and my godmother, who coaches out there, told me the coach was really good because she used to work with him and that I’d enjoy playing with the girls. And I went to the campus and liked it a lot, and the area and the girls were really nice on the team, so I committed.
Did you consider any other schools?
Yes. I was considering Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., but I wouldn’t have been able to visit before I’d have to commit, so I didn’t want to make a decision on a school I’d never seen before over a school I’ve seen and loved.
How did you like Atlanta?
I loved it. I really like (it) in the South because they’re really sports-oriented, so they really care about college sports especially. There’s at least five or seven schools in the area, so it’s a real college town, including Emory College, Georgia Tech and historically black schools. So it’s a really great college area, so I love that about it.
Have you been there in the summer?
Yes, I actually used to live there for about two years, so I’ve been there for all the seasons. It is pretty humid, but it doesn’t get as hot as the desert, so it’s actually a bit relieving.
How is their volleyball team?
The volleyball team there — the coach told me that they’re kind of new. They weren’t that good in the past, but he got a whole new batch of girls last year. So they’re a young team that has a lot of potential, and the incoming class is really good. So hopefully we’re able to compete and do well.