After a year long recruitment involving multiple in-home visits, school visits and official visits, 2017 four-star wide receiver Nico Collins ended his suspense – on national signing day no less – and committed to Michigan over fellow finalists Georgia and Alabama, among others.
“I’ve been there a lot, I have family up there too,” Collins said to Scout.com. last month. “If I go there, I see myself as the best player will play.”
Indeed, now he'll have his chance.
In fact, Collins became the 30th player to commit to U-M’s 2017 class, and joins a star studded wide receiver haul that includes: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black, Brad Hawkins and Oliver Martin.
“It’s no just all about me,” Collins said of his fellow receiver commits. “I know there are two more big time prospects that want to play.”
And it seems he has embraced the completion already.
Also, with the loss of his main recruiter, Tyrone Wheatley, who left Michigan to take a job with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Michigan had to mend it relationship with Collins and his family. How did U-M reconnect with Collins' after Wheatley's departure? Well, hiring Pep Hamilton as its new passing coordinator and wide receiver coach helps, considering he came straight from the Cleveland Browns to Michigan in January.
“Right off the bat we connected,” Collins' father Don reported to The Michigan Insider this week. “It seems like he is a down to earth guy... somebody we can relate to. I feel pretty good about him being in that position. He is a good guy. I think (with him) being the passing coordinator, the wide receivers and the quarterbacks really will benefit from his presence. I think he is a guy that will definitely make an impact wherever he is, whether it’s Michigan, the NFL, or anywhere.”