The end of the high school season kicks off the local all-star and national all-American game circuits into the New Year and it always serves multiple purposes for the top college football prospects involved -- evaluation and recruiting.
The undeclared seniors, in particular, ensure recruiting pitches from faces old and new verbally committed to schools a blue-chip is still considering.
Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville wide receiver Nico Collins dealt with it during the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star week earlier this month.
Tthe "Bama guys, Brian (Robinson), have been on me the most, (Michigan pledge) J'Marick (Woods) has been, too," he said. "That stuff matters, it means a lot."
Woods is enrolling at Michigan next month. Collins is to decide between the Wolverines, Crimson Tide, LSU, Georgia and Florida State on national signing day.
"It's go blue!" Woods said. "That's all you've got to do and it's gonna sell itself."
"Our message to him is, 'At Alabama, they develop their receivers very well for the next level,'" UA commitment Kendall Randolph said. "He already has talent, but they can push that talent a little bit further. If you want to go to the NFL, its about Alabama, you feel me?"
Following the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game on December 10, Collins laughed about the week of courtship from the Alabama pledges who commented on his Crimson Tide gloves (photo above) he sported during the game.
"I had a 'Bama towel but I gave it to a little kid," Collins said.
Randolph, a four-star offensive lineman, took it a step further.
"Seeing him in his gear has me smiling, he told me has has an Alabama "A" on his drawers, too," he said with a laugh.
The group of commitments, four, out-numbered the lone Michigan representative during the week and doubled the LSU contingent as well.
"He's been talking all the time, cutting up with us," Brannon said. "He's nodding with it, he's agreeing with it because it's facts -- what we're saying to him. And he is wearing the (Alabama) gloves and the towel!
"That gear looks nice on him."
Team Alabama defeated Mississippi 25-14. Collins finished with two catches for 18 yards in the victory.