A frequent visitor to Michigan, 2017 four-star wide receiver Nico Collins admits after his latest visit to U-M’s annual recruiting bonanza “Barbecue at the Big House,” he feels right at home with the Wolverines.
“I love it down here, it was pretty fun,” Collins said after a day of activities mixing it up with fellow top recruits around Michigan’s campus, ending with a barbecue at Michigan stadium.
“It was pretty fun, I got to hangout with a couple of the guys for a little bit. We played some little games on the playing field, basically just hung out with the players and coaches.”
At The Opening Finals in early July, Collins said his leader in his recruitment was Michigan, and, well, after his latest barbecue visit, he says his leaderboard hasn’t changed.
However, though, it has grown a little tighter, he says.
“Right now it’s tight with everybody,” Collins said. “Its tight with Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Florida State, those are my leaders. But Michigan is No. 1”
Why is Michigan No. 1? Well, Collins says it’s because U-M has an “it” factor that he hasn’t experienced at other schools.
“It’s just the coaching staff, the players and the vibe up here,” Collins said. “It’s a great place to be, a great university. There is something about Michigan that I love. It’s something different about them.”
Collins, of course, got his fair share of time with Harbaugh throughout his visit, too.
“I felt like everybody was having a good time during the scavenger hunt, having fun with Coach Harbaugh, that dude is crazy,” Collins said. “He was climbing on things. It was just a vibe, everything was nice down here.”
And while Harbaugh was his usual self, Collins says U-M’s headman made it clear he wants him in this year’s 2017 class.
“It was the same thing, he wants me (at Michigan),” Collins said. “He wants me to come down here and make it happen. He can really use me at the X position.”
As far as a commitment timeline, Collins has yet to set an official date.
“I want to say signing day, but really it would probably happen before then,” Collins said.
Upcoming, Collins says he plans to checkout other schools of interest. “I plan on going to Clemson maybe next week or during the season, maybe Florida State,” Collins said. “Right now, I just came up here to see Michigan, and hangout with them a little bit.”