And while the Geismar native has seen the campus plenty of times before, the invitation only Junior Day allowed him his first opportunity to sit down and have an at length discussion with the staff.
“That one-on-one time is what really stood out about the day,” Collins said. “Coach Miles, especially. He came right up to me and said that we needed to get together and talk before I left for the day. Both before and after lunch I just went and spent time with the coaches.
“I already knew coach Miles, coach Frank (Wilson) and coach (Ron) Cooper, but today was the first time I have gotten to meet with coach (John) Chavis. He was very down to earth and definitely knows his stuff.”
Collins said that the coaches sold him on distance, early playing time and the safety position.
“I really want to play safety in college, and coach Miles told me that if I came to LSU then I would play right away because there would be an open spot for me to compete for,” he said. “That caught my attention. He pointed out that Eric Reid and all those young freshmen defensive backs made immediate impacts, and coach Miles feels like I can be that same sort of player for them.
“We also talked about how Baton Rouge is just down the way from Dutchtown. Coach Miles said that some kids from out of state only get to go home twice a year, but if I played for LSU then I could drop in and eat lunch at my house anytime I want. That definitely stuck with me.”
Back home from the day in Baton Rouge, Collins said that he feels closer to the LSU program than ever before.
“I was just really impressed,” he said. “I know I have all the time in the world and my decision is one I don’t need to rush, but I felt the love over at LSU. All those coaches were telling me that they really needed me to stay home and play for the Tigers. It's a big opportunity for me, and today it sort of hit me how much the coaches want me over there with them.”