Justin Collins improves stock, visibility

Louisville Western High School athlete Justin Collins posted some of the best numbers at the Scout.com All-American Combine this past weekend, pushing the stock of the city's leading rusher even higher.

Heading into the Scout.com All-American Combine last weekend, Louisville Western High School running back Justin Collins' on the field abilities were partially hidden by the shadows of other top Louisville area backs Victor Anderson and Doug Beaumont. Playing for a Class 2A school, while the others compete on the larger 4A level, has unfortunately limited the media exposure for the city's top rusher.

Working in a group that included Anderson and Indianapolis Warren Central four-star back Darren Evans, Collins performed well during both the measurement and the one-on-one portions of the combine.

"It was a real good experience," said Collins, who posted the best shuttle and 3-cone times among running backs. "It started out pretty good with my 40 yard dash. I didn't think I was going to do to well because of my groin injury, but I ran a 4.5 both times."

"It was very beneficial," he continued. "Especially the one-on-one drill. I think I'd give myself an 'A'. I had a couple mistakes, but I think I did pretty good."

Despite the strong outing, Collins was just squeezed out of the All-Combine selections, something that he'll use as additional motivation for his final year of prep ball.

"It was a little disappointing, but I just use things like that for motivation going into my senior year," he said.

As a junior, Collins rushed for 1,926 yards and 23 touchdowns, averaging a staggering 14.1 yards per carry, which was enough to catch the attention of coaches at Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville and others prior to the combine. After displaying his abilities last Saturday in front of a number of college coaches, Collins is prime for a rise in interest.

"It's pretty much the same schools right now," said Collins, who also visited with WAVE 3 television following last Saturday's event. "Louisville, Arkansas, Kentucky, Eastern and Western, but I'm looking for more after today."

The month of June will likely keep the Collin's stock on an upward swing as he makes his rounds to a number of camps.

"I'm going to Arkansas' camp, Louisville's senior day camp and I'm going to make the camp at Kentucky too," he said. "I'm thinking about going up to Indiana for their camp."

After helping his school reach the state 2A quarterfinals last fall, Collins now has his sights set on guiding Western to the state crown.

"I want to win state for our team goal, but personally, I want to get to at least 2,500 yards this year," he said.

Stay tuned to Scout.com for on Collins, including video highlights.

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