Collins focused on eight

Zach Collins has eight schools remaining on his list. What's next for the 2016 post from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman?

Zach Collins isn’t taking his time with his recruitment.

The 6-foot-10, 215-pound 2016 post from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman has already narrowed his school list down to eight, with Arizona, Arizona State, California, Gonzaga, New Mexico, Oklahoma, San Diego State and UNLV making the cut.

According to Zach’s father, Mike Collins, there were two primary reasons that the eight programs remaining still have a shot.

“For him it’s always been about style of play and relationship,” the elder Collins said. We’ve told some of the biggest name schools in the country, ‘Thank you, but no thank you’ simply because the relationship wasn’t there.

“What’s most important to him is having that relationship and being most comfortable with the coaches and players. Style of play is also important.”

The plan for Collins is to use visits to help figure out the right place for him.

“The next step for him is going to be official visits,” Mike Collins said. “I’m not sure we’re going to be able to get five but we’ll try.

“Obviously there are eight schools on his list and there will only be five officials. I can tell you that Arizona, Gonzaga, UNLV and New Mexico are in there, so the fifth one will be based on what he wants to do and I don’t know where that will be.

“He has an unofficial visit scheduled for California at the end of the month when we go up there to play Bishop O’Dowd. That could turn into an official visit depending on what he thinks about Cal; we really like coach (Cuonzo) Martin and (Jon) Harris up there.”

Using the visits to help learn more about the programs involved will allow Zach to learn much more about what school will be the right fit for him, according to his father.

“My job as a parent is to steer him through some of the landmines,” he said. “Don’t get caught in the big names. You want to make this decision once; you don’t want to be one of the kids who are transferring each and every year.

“He’s a kid who is pretty mature and seems to get it. He doesn’t get caught up in a lot of the garbage. He doesn’t want to go through a whole ordeal and doesn’t get caught up in the glitz.”

The plan for Collins is to be able to make a decision before AAU season.

“He’s hoping to commit in the second or third week of March,” Mike said. “We won’t do a lot of fanfare; that’s just not who he is. He doesn’t want to do this a year from now. He wants to move on and let the other teams focus on who else they need to focus on.”

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