East Central's Collins Talks Recruiting

2017 East Central DL Rosheem Collins (6-1, 295) had a great sophomore season and he's started to see recruiting pick up over the past couple of months. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented prospect recently and he updated us on where things stand including what Pac 12 school will get a visit from him over the holiday weekend as well as what other schools are on his visit itinerary...


"I have offers from Middle Tennessee StateToledo, Austin Peay, Central Arkansas, Jackson State, Southeast Missouri State and West Georgia," Collins said. "I have a visit set up with Colorado for this weekend and coach (Mike) MacIntyre said he's looking forward to meeting with me and I feel like an offer could be coming when I get there, but we'll have to see.

"I'm also planning to visit Georgia the second weekend of December and coach Kirby Smart told me he's looking forward to getting me down there.

"I'm rescheduling my visit to Middle Tennessee because I was supposed to visit there the same weekend, so I'm working on getting that one rescheduled and Toledo just called to get a date set up with me."

As a sophomore this past season, while playing almost exclusively at nose tackle, Collins finished with 42 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles-for-loss.

"I'd say I am big, quick and physical," Collins said when asked to describe his game. "I like to play a physical brand of football and that is what you have to do when you play inside because you're getting hit on all sides, so you have to attack and just go out the offensive linemen across from you every play.

"I can rush the quarterback pretty well for a nose tackle, but I am really good at using my hands, getting off blocks and then making the play."

As a prep at Ware County High School in Waycross, Georgia, Collins was lightly recruited, so he felt like taking the JUCO route was his best option.

"I wasn't really recruited much and I needed to get my academics in order, so East Central was the program I thought would help me solve both of those problems," Collins noted. "There are a lot of great programs here in Mississippi, but East Central just showed me what I needed to see and I saw the chance to come in and play a lot early on to help me get that exposure.

"I didn't start as a freshman, but I did play a lot and this year, it really has helped me to get better and that's why I think a lot of schools have noticed me."

Collins is set to finish up his academic work in December and he will have three years to play two starting in 2017.

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