Michigan, Georgia and Alabama still lead for the No. 1 receiver in Alabama Nico Collins, he told Scout's John Garcia, Jr. on Monday at check-in for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game, but two new schools are creeping in. LSU is fresh off hosting the four-star wide receiver and is feeling the Tigers now.
"Florida State and LSU. The receivers they have and coach Craig has been recruiting me since his Auburn days. He's always wanted me bad and so right now, he told me to check it out," Collins said. "I fell in love with it. It's kinda nice up there."
The Scout 300 wide receiver never visited LSU before this past weekend, but the visit blew him away especially Tiger Stadium.
"I never been to LSU not once. I went and I just felt loved. I could see myself here. The atmosphere they have when I walked in the stadium, it was just nice. I could see how it is on gamedays," Collins said. "I got chills watching it. It's crazy."
Collins will also visit Florida State on January 13, Alabama on January 20 and Georgia on January 29 for official visits. Collins, who took an official visit to Michigan earlier this fall in November, wouldn't call Michigan his favorite, but definitely gets the most love from the considered favorite for Collins.
Many have Collins pegged to Michigan already for a couple reasons.
"Maybe because I've been there the most. Maybe because every time I post a pic on Twitter, I'm at Michigan," the 6-5, 195-pound receiver said. "You can just tell you have support there and they want you to come there. No matter what, I don't think I got more fans than at Michigan. I just post a picture of me at football practice or workout and all I see is "Go Blue," more than any other school."
How does Collins make his decision now that he has even more schools to consider for where he will attend college?
"I'm going to take my time with it. Just choose the best school for me. Right now, my top is coming at me hard, every day. I was at Ole Miss yesterday and Georgia was texting me and telling me I need to come up there. It's like competition. I'm just enjoying it."
Collins plans to announce his decision on National Signing Day.
SCOUT'S EVALUATION OF COLLINS:
"An outside wide receiver who has shown the ability to make plays down the field or across the middle. A very dependable wideout who catches the ball well in traffic. Has ideal size and length. Is more of a deep threat. Likes to run deep routes and can get behind defenders. A long strider who covers a lot of ground. Not elite quickness. Solid blocker and a very tough wide receiver."