From dinners with Les Miles to his sit down with defensive backs coach Ron Cooper, Collins gave the weekend two thumbs up.
“It was everything I’d hoped for, because my family wanted to see some things and I wanted to meet more players and get to ask the coaches some questions,” he said. “We ended up getting there on Friday and staying through Sunday afternoon.”
Collins, a 6-foot-2, 175-pounder named to Scout.com’s All-State Team in Mississippi, was hosted by a different Tiger each day of his visit.
“Tyrann Mathieu hosted me the first day and then Ego Ferguson the second day,” he said. “It was really cool. We hung out with a bunch of the team. Spencer Ware, Ron Brooks, Anthony Johnson, Chris Davenport, Rueben Randle and a bunch of other guys were there with us. We just all kicked it together and had a good time.”
Collins said the trip leaves him convinced that LSU was the best choice. After picking up a scholarship last July, Collins jumped on board and has remained a firm commitment ever since.
“I looked around a little because some coaches were coming by, but I never really thought I would go anywhere else,” he said. “Coach Cooper and LSU were the first to offer and that was big for me. I’ve loved everything I have found out since.”
Cooper focused on keeping the Collins family entertained on their weekend visit, taking them on campus tours and dining with the group on both days.
“Coach Cooper spent a lot of time with us,” Collins said. “He drove my family around in the morning and during the day and we usually just hung around and looked at the campus. He had his wife and family there and treated us like we were part of it. It made us feel at home.”
Before leaving town Collins was able to sit down with both Cooper and Miles to talk football, from his role in fall camp next fall to the team’s expectations for 2011.
“They took my mom, my grandparents and I to coach Miles’ office and we had a meeting,” he said. “We talked about how LSU was a wonderful place for me to attend college and play football because of the great people I would be around. He told me that I had a great opportunity to contribute as a freshman. We also talked about how next season would be a great year and how the team is really feeling it.
“They want to win the National Championship.”