Collins returns from final camp

Louisville Western running back Justin Collins completed his schedule of camps over the weekend when he participated in an overnight camp at Arkansas. Jefferson County's leading rusher tells that three school's currently top his list...

After rushing for nearly 2,000 yards as a junior at Louisville Western High School last fall, Justin Collins kept himself busy throughout the spring and summer finetuning his skills at a number of camps.

"I just got back from an overnight camp at Arkansas," said Collins, who also participated in camps at Louisville and Kentucky. "I did pretty good. I think I had the fastest time there."

Finding his name near the top of the list wasn't a new experience for Collins, who in late March posted some of the best numbers at the All-American combine held in Louisville. In June he added a handful of gold medals for his efforts in the state high school track championships.

A number of college coaches have taken note of his amazing speed and agility.

"I hear from Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana and Western Kentucky," said Collins, who also reports one scholarship offer. "It'll come out eventually who it is."

While he chooses not to disclose his current offer, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back does list a short list of current favorites.

"Arkansas, Louisville and Kentucky," said Collins, who as a child called Pine Bluff, Arkansas his home. "I'd like to stay close to home or go somewhere that isn't that far of a drive."

Western began practice for the rapidly approaching 2006 season last week and with more carries likely coming his way, Collins is looking forward to his final year of prep ball.

"I'm ready," he said. "Practice is going pretty good for us. We have a new coach this year and everyone seems like they are catching on pretty quick. I think we'll be a nightmare for defensive coordinators this year."

Western will open it's season August 26 against North Laurel High School.

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