Justin Collins grabs gold

Displaying the speed that has helped him average over 14 yards per carry as a junior at Louisville Western High School, running back Justin Collins claimed three gold medals at the state track championships last weekend.

It's starting to seem that no matter the event - football or track - Louisville Western High School's Justin Collins can always be found near the top.

As a junior, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Collins led all Jefferson County running backs with 1,926 yards and his 14.1 per carry average was tops in the state. Just last month at the Scout.com All-American combine held on the practice fields at U of L, Collins posted the top shuttle time and second best 40-yard time among all running backs.

Last weekend, while participating in the state track championships, the speedster was once again at the top of the pack.

"I won the 100, 200 and our team won the 4x100," said Collins. "I wasn't pushed too much either. I ran a 11.3 in the 100 and 22.6 in the 200."

Collins is hoping that his impressive speed will help him land a scholarship offer during the summer months and he has a few camps scheduled to further enhance his chances.

"I'm going to Louisville's senior camp on Sunday and then I'm going to Arkansas's in July," he said. "I'm also going to go to Kentucky's senior camp on the 16th of this month."

While the interest from colleges at this point isn't where most expected to be for the River City prospect, Collins realizes that it might take another strong outing on the field to convince those interested what he's capable of.

"I think they are wanting to see how I do my senior year," he explained.

Collins will join his Western teammates on Wednesday in a four-team 7-on-7 event before taking to the road for another similar event out in the state.

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