Five-star safety Landon Collins, ranked by Scout.com as the No. 21 overall prospect in the country for the 2012 class, has narrowed his focus to three teams: LSU, Alabama and Texas.
On Thursday, Collins said the Tigers and Crimson Tide were his frontrunners, but all three programs would get official visits before he announces his decision at the Under Armour All-American game in January.
"I just want to see what everyone is all about," he said. "That's why I am going to look at all three schools. You just have to make sure."
Collins visited Alabama for the LSU game, a touchdown-less, defensive battle that the Tigers took 9-6 on a field goal in overtime.
"When they played, they had that defensive standout," he said. "Nobody could score.
"They are doing the best right now. LSU is (No. 1) and Alabama is (No. 3). They have the top defenses, and that's who you want to play for."
What did the nation's No. 2-ranked safety prospect think of his weekend in Tuscaloosa?
"The coaches were great," Collins said. "I had fun with them. We even played games together at the practice facility and at Coach (Nick Saban's) house. It was a great feeling when I was over there."
Collins will travel to LSU for his official visit on Nov. 24 and Texas for his official visit on Dec. 9.
But in a race that appears to be down to two schools, what stands out about the local team?
"I have family over (at LSU)," Collins said. "I have my boy Eric Reid, I have Jarvis Landry, La'el Collins – I know him very well.
"Then my actual family is right down the road. I could come home any time if I need something to eat or somebody to talk to, someone to comfort me. Or, if I just want to chill at my house for a while."
Collins said he didn't put much focus on his recruitment process during the season, but now that Dutchtown has been bounced from the playoffs, he plans to dive in head-first.
That said, what has contact from the three coaching staff's been like recently?
"Everyone is basically doing the same thing," Thomas Collins, Landon's father, said. "They call and talk to him about things. At this point they are just staying in contact and waiting on him to make his decision."
Dutchtown coach Benny Saia added: "They have all said he could play as a freshman. He just wants to see everything."
The 6-foot, 210-pound Collins plans to announce his college choice on Jan. 5.
Though he said his mind is not yet made, Collins feels like that will change in the coming weeks.
"I think I will know my decision before I get on that flight," he said. "It's one of those things that you just know."
5-star talks official visits
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