Justin Collins planning in-state visits

After leading all Jefferson County running backs in yardage as a junior, Louisville Western's Justin Collins is once again leading the pack. Collins, who has helped Western remain undefeated through three games, tells InsideTheVille.com that he's planning on visiting a couple in-state schools during the coming weeks.

Justin Collins is once again proving to be one of the more effective running backs in recent Jefferson County history. Behind Collin's 225 rushing yards and three touchdowns, Western came from behind to defeat AAAA Butler 67-34 on Friday night.

"We were actually behind 21-6 in the first quarter, but we cut it to 21-19 by half time," said Collins, who also added a 30-yard touchdown reception in the win. "Our offense really came together in the second half."

Through three games - all Western wins - Collins has rushed for over 540 yards and has scored ten touchdowns, making him once again the top rusher in Jefferson County. As a junior, the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder led all Jefferson County backs with 1,926 yards and his 14.1 per carry average was tops in the state.

While his numbers are impressive, Collins believes that playing for a Class AA team in a city dominated by AAAA schools has limited his visibility as a prospect.

"I think I really to have to try harder because of that," he explained. "I'm glad we played (4A) Butler, because people can hopefully compare what I did in that game to others that play them."

A super-quick athlete, Collins posted the quickest shuttle time and second best 40-yard time among all running backs at the Scout.com All-American Combine held in Louisville and won multiple gold medals at the state track championships in June.

A number of schools continue to keep tabs on Collins, who camped at Arkansas, Kentucky and Louisville during the spring.

"Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana and Western Kentucky are some the schools," he said. "I get letters from Indiana pretty much every day."

Playing for one of the preseason favorites to win the Class AA state title, Collins says that he's remaining focused on his final year of prep ball.

"I know I'm going to take an unofficial visit to Kentucky on October 19. I'm also thinking about going to the Miami game this Saturday. I just have call the coaches and let them know that I'm coming. Right now though I don't want to rush into anything, so I'm just focusing on the season. I'm pretty much wide open."

Collins will take the ACT in October and plans to study sports medicine.

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