For some guys recruiting never really takes off. For others, it never ends as offers begin rolling in one after another.
Gadsen City High School (Ala.) product Darryl Collins (6’0, 185, 4.5) may not hold as many offers as some of the other elite prospects in the country at this point in time, but there is no question that when February of 2011 rolls around he will hold more than his fair share.
Collins, who is arguably one of the top players in the state of Alabama, holds close to 10 offers but admits he is in no rush to make a move.
Official scholarships in writing have come in from Alabama, Auburn, USC and Kentucky, while verbal overtures have been made by the likes of LSU, Miami, Clemson, Tennessee and Southern Miss.
“It feels great,” Collins said of having so many early offers. “I didn’t expect to have all of this right after my junior season. I thought it might come later on. It really means a lot to me, but I’m in no hurry to make a decision. I want to weigh all of my options and see how many more offers I get.”
Collins plays in a run-oriented offense, but still managed to rack up 20 catches for 366 yards with four scores as a sophomore. He claimed he improved in some categories as a junior with 16 catches for nearly 400 yards and eight touchdowns.
However, it was not the numbers that caught the eye of college coaches. Instead, it was Collins making the most out of what he had.
One of the first coaches to spot Collins was during his sophomore season, long before the hype even began - a time where he wasn’t worried about stats or lack thereof.
“I like LSU,” Collins stated. “I remember Coach Les Miles came to my school during my sophomore year to recruit some of the upperclassmen on my team. While he was here, he told my coach he was going to offer me a scholarship.
“I also know Coach Brick Haley and I talk to him sometimes because his family lives in my neighborhood,” Collins added. “He usually talks Louisiana with me when I call him. He tells me how people roll down there and how it is for games at LSU. He wants me to get down there and look at the campus and stuff.”
The speedy wide out claimed Haley is not the only one pushing him for a visit to the Bayou State as he has family ties in Louisiana as well. Not only that, but Collins got a first-hand taste of LSU football last season; however, the Tigers were on the visitor’s side of the stadium.
“I’m also interested in LSU because I have some cousins that live close to the campus and they’ve been telling me how it’s a great place and if I would visit I probably wouldn’t want to leave,” Collins said. “I’m going to try to make it down there for one of their summer camps coming up.
“I’ve never been to a game at LSU, but I have seen them play in person,” Collins continued. “I went and watched them play when they played at Alabama last season. It seemed like they had a really good team to me. It looked like they were throwing the ball a lot and the offense looked balanced. That’s the kind of offense I’d want to play in.”
Note: Collins plans on attending junior day at Tennessee this weekend followed by a trip to Kentucky. He was invited to LSU’s first junior day but couldn’t make it and hopes to make it to the Tigers’ spring game on March 27.