One of the fastest rising recruits from the state of Michigan over the course of the past year has been 2018 3-star running back Elijah Collins out of Detroit U-D Jesuit, and Michigan State is among the schools who have offered in recent months.
Collins recently spoke to Spartan Nation and said that he was excited to land the offer from the Spartans and added that he grew up as a fan of Michigan State and former running back Le’Veon Bell, who now plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“It means a lot to me,” he said. “Growing up, I watched Michigan State play all of the time. Le’Veon Bell was my favorite running back, so growing up, I watched them all the time, I enjoy watching them and it just means a lot to me.”
Along with Michigan State, Collins has fielded offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota, Kentucky, Boston College and Cincinnati among several others. With the Spartans planning on taking two running backs in 2018, Collins sits at the top of the list.
Standing at 6 feet tall and 194 pounds, Collins said that he played multiple positions on the football field, but was pleased to be offered as a running back by the Spartans considering the number of top tier running backs that have gone to Michigan State over the years.
“Growing up, I played running back, linebacker, I played all over the field,” he said. “It means a lot to me because Michigan State has had some great running backs, so to put me on that list means a lot.”
Collins, who doesn’t expect to make a college decision until the fall at the earliest, said that he has recently spoken to Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and former Spartan running back Javon Ringer, who currently serves as a recruiting intern with the program.
“I spoke to coach Dantonio a couple of days ago, he called me,” he said. “I talked to Javon Ringer and we’ve been communicating back and forth, so we’re building a relationship.”
Collins last visited East Lansing earlier this year and said that he was impressed with the school and hopes to take another visit in the future.
“The campus at Michigan State is beautiful, it’s large, there’s a lot of people, it’s a great atmosphere,” he said. “It’s just a great place.”
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