Tigers Get Commitment From Athletic Prospect

Auburn got its 20th commitment for the class of 2009 on Tuesday.

Meadville, Miss.--Jamie Collins of Franklin High School gave his verbal commitment to Auburn on Tuesday after an impressive camp performance over the weekend in Auburn.

Collins chose the Tigers over scholarship offers from Ole Miss and Southern Miss along with interest from Michigan, Alabama, Mississippi State and others. He says he knew before his trip that Auburn was the place for him and that was only confirmed on Saturday.

"I made my decision last week but I just told them on Monday," Collins tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I like the campus and the coaches up there. I felt real comfortable there.

The community around there has everything I need," he adds. "I just felt comfortable there."

The 6-3, 210 prospect led Franklin HS to the state championship game in 2007 as a quarterback and had more than 1,200 rushing yards and 1,000 yards passing on the season. As a sophomore he had more than 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Collins is a big athlete that could play a number of positions on the next level.

Collins is a Scout.com three-star receiver prospect, but worked at linebacker and safety at the Auburn one-day camp on Saturday and could very well get his first shot on defense for the Tigers.

"They are recruiting me as an athlete," Collins says.

His most likely destination is linebacker where he spent a great deal of time working with Auburn coach James Willis on Saturday. Collins says he got a chance to know Willis and he liked what he saw out of the former Auburn and NFL standout.

"He seemed really into me about working with me," Collins says. "He gave me a look at that position. I worked with the defensive backs and linebackers. That's exciting."

Also a standout in other sports, Collins averaged 23 points and 16 rebounds per game in basketball while playing the center position. He also competed in the high jump and long jump while throwing both the shot put and discus. His best throws were 51 feet in the shot and 149 feet in the discus.

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I had the opportunity to watch Collins in action for a while on Saturday at Auburn's camp and while he was raw at the linebacker position his athletic ability is impossible to ignore. A fantastic high school quarterback, he could follow the Will Herring route and play safety and linebacker in college or even wide receiver.

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