Collins recaps pair of LSU visits

Five-star Landon Collins was on hand for the Kentucky and Florida games.

Landon Collins was back on the LSU campus last weekend, the second week in a row the five-star prospect has seen the Tigers take down an SEC opponent at Tiger Stadium.

"It was a great visit," Collins said. "That was back-to-back for me, and it was good to spend time around everyone like that.

"The one thing that stood out last weekend was that it was loud. It was just really loud. Towards the end I had to go stand down on the field by the gates because our section was just screaming."

Given his close relationship with current LSU sophomore starting safety Eric Reid and appearances at games and practices in the past, Collins has become very familiar with the Tigers' brand of football.

But this past weekend, Collins said he saw another level from defensive coordinator John Chavis' defense.

"I saw a lot of fast-moving people," Collins said. "They were getting to the ball quick, and I liked that. That defense is playing great, so I can't say I was shocked that LSU beat Florida like that. It was about what I expected.

"Once Florida lost its quarterback, then they had no passing game and LSU just came after them."

Collins spent the day with his brother, 2014 Karr High defensive tackle Gerald Willis. The two strolled the sidelines before watching all four quarters from a few rows away from the student section.

"I hung out with the little brother and all of his Karr teammates, Collins said. "We both really enjoyed it.

"All of the coaches came and talked with me. I got to chat with (defensive backs Coach Ron Cooper) the most. We can talk about whatever, but he always lets me know what I could do for the team."

The highlight moment of the trip came when Collins, the nation's No. 2-ranked safety for the class of 2012, met a fellow five-star– and the nation's No. 1-ranked safety prospect from the class of 2007.

"Chad Jones was at the game, and meeting him was really cool," Collins said. "He is one player that I always liked, so it meant a lot for him to talk with me.

"My idol growing up was Sean Taylor, because he was a hard-hitter who came downfield fast. That's how Chad was and how I want to be."

Without plans for Saturday, Collins said he would spend the weekend with his feet propped up on the couch and a remote control in hand.

"I am just going to be watching football all day," he said. "I will definitely have the LSU game on.

"My next visit was supposed to be back to LSU for the Auburn game, because I wanted to save my official visit for when they wore the Nike Pro Combat uniforms. But we have homecoming that weekend, so I will just use my official visit later on in the process."

That means Collins is done with campus visits until Nov. 5, when the Tigers head to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama.

"At the end of the Florida game, the whole LSU student section was chanting for Alabama," Collins said. "I was like ‘Wow.' I know I am ready for that one, too."

Collins has offers from every school in the SEC, but currently tabs LSU and Alabama as his leaders.

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