For one of the nation's top basketball prospects, Sherron Collins sure is a pretty good football player. Collins, a 5-foot-11 receiver for Crane Tech in Chi-Town, football is a hobby. Take last week when he caught 4 passes for 121 yards including two long scores.
How good a basketball prospect is he? Well, he's a good enough basketball prospect that on Friday, three big time programs will show up to watch him play football.
According to Collins' high school hoops coach Anthony Longstreet, Iowa, Illinois and Kansas will be in the stands watching him lace them up on the gridiron. Of course, Friday is Sept. 9th, the first day college coaches can conduct school visits. That means Collins' office will be on the field.
"I'm pretty sure those three guys will be in here," Longstreet said. "They were there during the summer and I'm pretty sure they'll be there then.
"Football is goofing stuff up. Instead of watching him in the gym they'll be watching him play football."
Longstreet maintains a short list of the Hawkeyes, Jayhawks and Illini when he speaks of the schools on Collins' list.
"It's been the same. Iowa, Illinois and Kansas came in during the summer," the coach said. "Everybody else is kind of on the outside. I don't want to say outside because everybody else has not had a chance to talk to him."
And they might not this month. With Collins on the gridiron, getting face time with him is going to be challenging. Getting him on campus for a visit, well, that might be impossible. "
It's been so hectic, we just started school today," Longstreet said late Wednesday night. "By playing football, that limits the stuff that we can do as well."
At this stage in the game, all we really know is that come Friday Crane Tech's bleachers will be packed with some high-profile hoops powers.
Hope they're football fans, too.