Talented Dual-Threat Player Likes Three

This big-time offensive weapon from Mississippi talks recruiting and his favorites heading into the summer.

Meadville, Miss.--One of the top dual-threat athletes in Mississippi is looking North and South for his college choices and says at the moment he has favorites in both areas.

Big Jamie Collins from Franklin County High is a quarterback by trade in high school, but could play wide receiver, linebacker or even safety on the next level.

Because of his ability to make plays and his considerable size for a quarterback, interest in him has grown considerably throughout the spring. That includes offers from several top programs including Auburn.

"I have a couple of offers," Collins tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They are from Auburn, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Tulane and Alcorn State. I'm also hearing from Michigan, Mississippi State and Alabama.

"I'm just taking my time with things," he adds. "I have two or three top schools right now. The first one is Michigan. Then it would be either Southern Miss or Auburn."

Currently 6-3, 206 with a best time of 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Collins is a physical quarterback who likes to have the ball in his hands with the game on the line. He accounted for more than 2,000 yards of offense in both his sophomore and junior seasons and led his team to the state championship game in both years. While he's capable of playing quarterback, he says most colleges are recruiting him at other positions.

"Teams are recruiting me for both offense and defense," Collins says. "Some teams are looking at me as a quarterback, but most of them are looking at me as a receiver.

"I'm a strong quarterback," he adds. "I'm a dual-threat guy. I just like to run. I will throw, but I like to run the ball. That's what I do best."

Planning to visit Auburn for a camp over the summer, Collins says he doesn't have a real good idea of the Tigers other than what he's seen on TV and been told by Coach Don Dunn, but he notes it's enough to have him interested in the program.

"I don't know much about them," he notes. "I just like them. I just like their style. I like Coach Dunn. He's a pretty cool guy."

Also planning a visit to Michigan for a camp, Collins says at the moment he's preparing for his senior year after a busy junior year that saw him play basketball and participate in track as well. Playing center for his high school team, Collins averaged 23 points and 16 rebounds per game. He also threw the discus and shot put in track as well as participating in both the high jump and long jump.

"My best throw in the shot was 51 feet and my best throw in the discus was 149 feet."

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