Delano Collins, a 6-foot-0, 182-pound athlete from Detroit Renaissance, brings a versatile skill-set to the football field and plenty of programs are taking notice. He plays in all three phases of the game and while he had an excellent junior season receiving the pigskin, next-level schools see him contributing mostly on defense.
"They're recruiting me at safety, mostly," he says. He gets the most mail from Michigan State and Cincinnati, but is drawing interest from other Big Ten schools such as Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern as well.
"I got a lot of good looks on offense last year," he said. "I didn't get too many interceptions on defense, but I made a lot of catches on offense."
Collins certainly made every catch count this past fall. He hauled in 19 receptions to go along with 415 yards — that's a 21.84 yard average per catch. On defense he made 49 tackles and had one interception, which he returned 34 yards.
Collins shouldn't be too worried about a lack of picks on defense; his ability to close the gap on ball carriers and deliver solid, bone-crunching tackles speaks for itself. Plus, Collins should bring additional value to any program that decides to extend an offer: on special teams. For Renaissance, Collins steps into the line of fire to return both kickoffs and punts — and likes it.
"I just like being in the open field, trying to do what I do in the open field," he says.
Collins plans on attending Junior Days and summer camps to improve his football stock, but his schedule stays busy with basketball. In addition to playing for Renaissance through the winter, he's also a stand-out point guard for the Michigan Hurricanes of the AAU in the spring and summer.
And for next season on the gridiron, his only stated goal keeps team first: "Try to lead my team to a championship," he says.
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