The state of Tennessee is quickly becoming more and more of a recruiting hotbed for Indiana football. The Hoosiers have one commitment in 2018 from the Volunteer State, and they are in good shape with several other recruits from that area, including 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver Braden Collins. The Hoosiers extended an offer to the standout from Knoxville (TN) Farragut H.S. last week.
The talented prospect has been in contact with a couple members of the Indiana coaching staff, and he likes what they are doing with the program.
“I have been communicating with the recruiting coordinator (Matt Wilson) and the wide receivers coach (Grant Heard),” Collins said about Indiana. “I know they have had a good football team the last couple years. I also know they have all new offensive coaches this year, and they all sound really experienced and really good. I think they are going to have a good season.”
The Hoosiers are impressed with Collins as a prospect because of well he runs his routes, and because of the athleticism and skill-set he brings to the receiver position.
“They said that they like my explosiveness, and how I can get in and out of my breaks really well,” he said about the message from IU. “They also said that I have good hands.”
Collins, who is thinking about majoring in either pre-med or business, said he plans on getting up to Bloomington in the near future to get a closer look at the program.
“They want me to come up there for a visit so I am trying to work out a time to get up there,” the Tennessee native said. “When I’m there I want to see if the football team is like a family. I also want to get a feel for how comfortable I am when I’m there.”
This past fall Collins had 68 receptions for 1,242 yards and 17 total touchdowns for a Farragut team that went 14-1 and won the Division I Class 5A State Championship.
“As a team we started out the season kind of rough,” Collins said about his junior year. “We were winning but we weren’t playing together as a team. We ended up coming together and going all the way and winning a state championship. Individually I think I did pretty well. Most games I put up pretty good numbers. I was just trying to do whatever I could to help our team win. The biggest things I thought I got better at were my route-running, and my knowledge of the game when it came to reading the coverages and making decisions while running my routes.”
When it comes to his recruiting, Collins said that every school is still in play and he is not sure when he will make his decision.
“I am still looking at everybody,” he said. “I am pretty much wide open. Right now, I am not sure when I will decide. I will probably wait, but I am unsure about when I will end up deciding.”
The athletic wideout currently has offers from Indiana, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky, Air Force, Charlotte, Navy, Ohio, Texas-San Antonio, Appalachian State, Austin Peay, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Furman, Robert Morris, Tennessee Tech, Western Carolina, Wofford, Dartmouth, Princeton and Yale. He is also receiving strong interest from Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Tulane.