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Wisconsin has made an early impact with Detroit Jesuit running back Elijah Collins

University of Detroit Jesuit running back Elijah Collins talks about his next visits and which schools have an edge in his recruitment right now.

Elijah Collins, a highly-recruited running back from University of Detroit Jesuit, had a strong day at the NIKE Opening Regional in Cleveland. He ran a 4.66, one of the better times on the day, had a 36.7-inch vertical jump and threw the powerball 39.5 feet, all among the top marks on the day. He recorded at top ten overall rating at the event.

As far as recruiting goes, Collins is approaching 20 offers and will look to get to more programs in the spring.

"Recently no, I haven't been doing that much [with visits] but I'm trying to plan out what spring looks like and where I'll visit," he said. "As far as right now, I want to get back to Michigan State, try to get to IowaWisconsin and Notre Dame."

The Irish are the only school of that bunch that has not offered yet, but they have been in regular contact.

Collins says these schools are mostly recruiting him as a running back, but some, like Iowa State, recruit him on both sides of the ball.


He also admitted that four schools stand out from the pack.

"As of now, my leaders are Minnesota, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa," Collins said.

Three of those schools, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, have also offered teammate Carlos Vettorello, and may be in position to get the package deal.

"I'm visiting Minnesota on the 15th with Carlos. We talk about [playing together in college] a lot actually. We have a lot of common offers."

Michigan State has not offered Vettorello yet, but Collins was honored to receive that in-state offer and has been to campus several times.

"It means a lot. Growing up, I've been around Michigan State, watched them play numerous games, and Le'veon Bell is one of my favorite players actually."

Wisconsin has one advocate close to Collins as well in Scotty Nelson, Collins' teammate who signed with the Badgers in the 2017 class.

"Scotty is a good guy. He hasn't really recruited me much, but I try to talk to him about it and he's told me about the school and given me good information about it."

Whatever Collins decides, do not expect it to be soon. He says he will want to take some of his five allotted official visits then make a commitment during his senior year.

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