Auburn The Early Leader For 2017 WR

2017 four-star WR Nico Collins talks about his Auburn visit and why the Tigers are his early leader.

Chalkville, Ala.--One of the top 2017 wide receiver prospects in the country and one of the big reasons why Clay-Chalkville went undefeated on the way to the 6A title a year ago. 6-5, 195 Nico Collins made his third trip to Auburn in the last year when he traveled to the Plains on Monday.

Spending time getting to see more of the campus as well as hanging out with Auburn WR Coach Dameyune Craig and the rest of the staff, Collins said everything about the visit went well and the Tigers continue to be at the top of his early list.

“I learned a lot today,” Collins said. “He (Craig) was telling me how the offense goes and they're a fast-paced team and they're going to throw the ball a lot. I really like it here. It's a great place.

“They're still first,” he adds of Auburn. “They're a pretty good team. I really like this coaching staff and Auburn.”

Perhaps the guy he has the strongest relationship with is Craig. Since naming the Tigers his leader following a visit for the A-Day game Collins has continued to talk to the former Auburn QB turned wide receiver coach. That was the case on Monday as the two squared off in a video game.

“It went pretty good today,” Collins said. “I went and visited campus, spent time with the coaches. I just got done playing a game, NCAA with Coach Craig. He won in overtime.He didn't let me win but it was kind of fun.”

Saying that LSU and Clemson would be two and three behind Auburn at the moment, Collins said he plans to get back to a practice this preseason at Auburn on one of his free Saturdays. When he does there’s a good chance the wide receiver will meet up with several other talented prospects also taking a look at the Tigers.

That’s because Gus Malzahn and his staff have been very busy on the recruiting trail, adding several talented prospects over the weekend including 2017 four-star athlete Alaric Williams. With a strong group of quarterbacks on campus and the likelihood that will continue moving forward, Collins said he’s excited about what he sees from the program at the moment.

“It means a lot,” he said of Auburn’s recruiting. “They are recruiting a lot of 2017 quarterbacks, some of them will redshirt. Hopefully when I commit somewhere they’ll have a good quarterback.”

Not planning to make a decision until sometime during his senior season, Collins said he’s focused on the 2015 year and helping the Cougars get back to the promised land. With a challenging schedule that includes an opener against Tennessee powerhouse Blackman High on Aug. 22 in Mufreesboro as part of six road games, the Cougars will have to play well to match last season’s dominating effort when they went a perfect 15-0 and scored 731 points. With plenty of talent coming back Collins said this team is excited about getting back to work and facing the challenge.

“We should work even harder now since we went undefeated and won the championship,” Collins said. “Everyone is trying to beat us now. We just have to work even harder and come together and play together. We should be good this year.”


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