When LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper brought Jalen Collins in for the June camp session, the 6-foot-2, 170-pounder’s length stood out from the pack. Cooper invited Collins back for the July session, where three cornerbacks – Collins, David Jenkins and Ronald Martin – all earned offers.
All three were Tigers by the end of July.
In his first season at Olive Branch Collins broke onto the scene with 45 tackles (24 solos & 21 assists), three interceptions and 11 pass break ups. On offense, three of his four catches went for touchdowns, finishing his senior campaign with 165 yards in the air. He also blocked three field goals and returned a punt for a touchdown.
Collins, named to Scout.com’s Second Team All-State on defense, began attracting attention from other programs over the past six months. But in the end, the Tigers are the lone team that remains.
“Some other schools contacted the school and were seeing if I was interested, but I’m set on LSU,” he said. “I am not expecting any visitors or anything like that. Coach Cooper came up to see me once and now my family and I will spend the last weekend before Signing Day down in Baton Rouge.”
Collins, his mother and grandparents will drive in from Southaven, Miss. on Friday afternoon and return on Sunday, a first chance for the group to be around both the staff and the families of his fellow commitments.
“I’m excited about getting around the other committed guys,” he said. “My dad won’t be coming down this time, but the rest of my family is really excited. I think they’ll get a good feel for everything.”
Collins joins linebacker and fellow commitment Trevon Randle as the two out-of-state visitors to LSU this weekend.