Wide Receiver Checks Out AU and Gets Offer

Darryl "Pookie" Collins visited Auburn on Wednesday and discusses his trip to see Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Gadsden, Ala.--Wide receiver Darryl Collins skipped his high school classes on Wednesday and was rewarded with another collegiate scholarship offer.

The Gadsden City High school standout, who is known as "Pookie," notes that he received an offer from Auburn wide receiver coach Trooper Taylor on a visit to the AU campus.

"He is a real cool coach and I can see him being one of my coaches," Collins says of Taylor.

Commenting on his strengths as a receiver, the Class of 2011 prospect says, "Jumping-wise and catching-wise, I do pretty well. I catch the ball every time. I look it in. I try to make sure I get it into the end zone every time I can.

"If the quarterback throws the ball deep, I can go get it," he adds. "I can separate myself from the defensive back. I try not to be a selfish player. It is important that I do a good job of blocking and that is what my coach is really looking for."

Gadsden City High is expected to have a strong team this fall. "We only lost about five guys and the rest of the starters were juniors,"?he says. "We have a lot of good players."

Auburn isn't the first college to offer the junior a scholarship. He notes that Clemson, Tennessee, Miami and Southern Miss have verbally offered him and that he has written offers from Alabama, USC and Kentucky. He is expecting to receive a written one from the Tigers.

Darry Collins

Commenting on the offer from the Tigers, he said the offer "meant a lot to me." He said that he could see himself playing for the Tigers and that Auburn is one of his favorites, but notes he is in no hurry to make a decision on his college choice.

"I am going to wait it out until signing day comes around," he says.

His next visit is planned for Tennessee this weekend and he says he may come back to Auburn the following week.

On Wednesday Collins toured the campus and spent time with the Auburn coaches. He also watched some of Auburn's current players doing winter workouts.

"I like Auburn's offense and I enjoyed the visit," he says.

Anthony Swain, a safety at Gadsden City who also visited Auburn on Wednesday, received a scholarship offer from the Tigers on Wednesday.

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