Collins Looking for Right Fit

Marcus Collins recently camped at Illinois in hopes of grabbing an offer. His versatility has several Big Ten schools, and others, interested.

CHAMPAIGN - The recruiting process is customarily a two-way street, with teams and players both looking for the best fit.

That's a given.

But for Lafollette High (Madison, Wisc.) defensive standout Marcus Collins, the process is intensified.

That's because some college coaches think the 6-foot-4, 205-pound 2014 recruit is best suited for safety at the next level while others project him as a linebacker.

So while Collins is trying to figure out what school he likes most, he's also contemplating what position he'd rather play, too.

He says he's open to either spot on the field, but one comment after camping at Illinois Saturday reveals a hint.

"I like to play physical," he said.

That could be a nod to linebacker. Coaches from Michigan State and Illinois told Collins they like him there or at the Star, a safety/corner hybrid.

Indiana told him he'd play safety if he came to Bloomington.

"Indiana likes to use bigger safeties, so they like me there," Collins said.

He's still waiting on his first Big Ten offer though. Recent trips to Illinois and Minnesota for camps were taken as an open tryout, according to Collins.

At Illinois, Collins took part in drills in both the secondary and with the linebackers.

"I bounced back and forth during drills so I could show my ball skills in the secondary and use my size at linebackers," Collins said.

With Illinois recruiting Collins to primarily play linebacker, assistant Al Seamonson spent a great deal of time working Collins out and chatting him up.

"Coach is a great guy," Collins said. "I feel like he's pushing for me to get down here."

He's still gathering offers, currently holding pledges from the likes of Air Force, Army, Illinois State and Pitt.

Of that group, Pitt stands out to Collins due to a tie to his hometown.

"I feel like (head coach) Paul Chryst has that program going in the right direction. He played at Wisconsin and then coached there so he has that Big Ten mentality. I like that about him."

At this point, Collins is feeling antsy to end his recruitment by the end of the summer. He says he doesn't want his decision to get in the way of his senior season.

He's still hoping for Big Ten offers and still sifting for the right fit, school and position-wise.

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