Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins is expected to accept the same position at Florida according to Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated.
Evans also reports that the deal has not yet been finalized.
Collins has been with the Bulldogs since 2011 and served as the full-time defensive coordinator the past two seasons. MSU ranked 10th in the FBS allowing just 19.4 points per game this fall. He brought stability as the linebackers coach, a position the Bulldogs replaced every year from 2007-10.
Collins also served as co-defensive coordinator at State alongside Chris Wilson in 2011-12.
Florida hired Colorado State’s Jim McElwain as its new head coach on Dec. 4 and Collins would be his initial hire.
The 43-year old Collins received a raise following the 2013 season signing a two-year extension worth $1.2 million. He made $575,000 in 2014 which ranked 17th in the SEC among assistants.
Collins’ previous coaching stops include Florida International, Central Florida, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Western Carolina, Allbright College and Franklin (N.C.) High School.