2015 James F. Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) wide receiver Braylin Collins attracted some attention last season as a junior and is poised to gain some more momentum come this fall. Among the schools that could be keeping an eye on him is East Carolina.
Admittedly, Collins doesn't have much of a relationship with ECU. As it stands, the Pirates have yet to reach out to him, but that could change once he steps into a bigger role this season.
“I haven't really had any connection with ECU. I don't think I've talked to a coach. Not yet,” Collins told Inside ECU Sports. “I'll hopefully get a connection with ECU and the coaching staff eventually.”
Collins has never been to Greenville, but expressed interest in checking out ECU. With his junior campaign being his first as a starter, he's hoping that he can spend his senior season showing what he can do with the bigger workload.
“I believe there are plenty of schools. Most of them didn't know who I was until I put my highlights up.” said Collins. “We also have a game on ESPN, so that should be enough time to see my skills and what kind of talent I have.”
Eastern Michigan, South Carolina State, Mercer, James Madison, Towson, Liberty and Youngstown State have all offered Collins. He stood out well given his role last year. That said, he believes that some programs may be waiting to see how he handles what's thrown at him early this season before offering him.
“My junior season was pretty much like I was a role player,” said Collins. “I wasn't a go-to guy throughout my whole junior year...It was my first year starting, so I adapted to the game every week and I got better each and every week.”
“This year, I know that my job is really to turn it up a notch,” he continued. “Last year I was a role player, so this year it's my turn to be the go-to guy.”
At 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds, Collins is quite the speedster. He's elusive and tough, which helps him conquer some extra yards after making the catch. Off the field, he describes himself as outgoing and hard-working, too.
“I want to lead the people under me and the people in my grade,” said Collins. “We have one goal and it's to make it to the championship. I have to lead the right people in the right way to get to that goal.”
Byrnes has a good group of players returning for this season. Collins noted that most of the players in his class played last year, so it seems that his squad is in a good position to make a run for the state championship.
Personally, he's set out to become bigger and faster. On top of workouts, he's spent his summer competing in camps at Appalachian State and Penn State. Once the season gets underway and he shows up on the radars of other schools, expect his recruitment to take off.