The middle school phenom committing to college is almost always exclusive to football or boys basketball standouts.
But 6-foot-3 eighth-grader Charli Collier is about the change all that.
The Crosby Middle School girls basketball starlet committed to the University of Texas, the Austin American-Statesmen reported Wednesday
. Texas is one of 35 schools that have already offered her a scholarship, according to reports, and that includes Duke, Louisville and Oklahoma.
Her highlight tape reveals she has a nice touch from the free throw line in, that she can use her left and she has superb shot-blocking skills. She looks like a very fluid athlete.
"It is my passion," she told khou11 television
. "I love it. As soon as I picked up a ball I started dribbling."
Her mom Ponda Collier said her daughter knew how to drop step by the time she was 5. Ponda stands 5-11 and is a former college player. Charli's father, Elliot Collier, is 6-8.
He told the television station that the key to his daughter's success isn't her height, but the family's hardwood floors.
"They would just dribble, dribble, dribble," dad said. "Stop bouncing the ball!"
He's not asking her to stop any longer.