"I like Miami," Collins said. "It's the ACC and that attracted me more than anything. Then there's home and that they're program is completely changing. They're getting better players. They got Denis Clemente and Brian Asbury and of course Edwin Rios, my teammate."
Collins, ranked No. 91 by Scout.com, is an athletic specimen. He's got explosive inside and dunks what he can. Early on he'll be a valuable presence on the glass and is looking to contribute in any manner possible.
"Hopefully I can come in as a freshman and contribute to rebounding and everything. I don't expect to come in and be a big scorer, that don't really matter to me. I want to contribute what the team needs. If needed, I'll play a role. I think I rebound more than anything."
Collins said he had interest from Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Kansas, Florida State and Florida. However, staying home began weighing heavily on his mind, especially after a recent west coast trip with USA Basketball.
"When I just came back from USA Basketball, I was homesick," Collins said. "I really wanted to come home. I'm used to being home. I don't usually get homesick. I decided to call and let Coach Haith know that I wanted to stay home."
Miami staffer Jorge Fernandez had a tie to his brother Cedric Walker, and that helped the Hurricanes as well. "Coach Fernandez, I dealt with him a lot when I was in high school [at South Dade]," Walker said. "He's a good coach and a good person.
"Talking with Coach Haith, he said the things that we needed to hear. They're in the ACC, that's a big plus. Being at home and in Miami having a chance to play on TV in and front of his family that was big too."
Miami is off to an excellent start with the Class of 2006. Earlier this month, Ohio shooter James Dews pledged his allegiance and of course, the Canes hold the Rios commitment from the Class of 2007. Miami wrangled a Top 25 recruiting class in 2005 and has the foundation to follow it up with a second consecutive strong effort in 2006.