Collins Ready for Nebraska Visit

Maliek Collins is high on the Huskers recruiting board for the class of 2013. Just days before his official visit to Lincoln, the Bobby Bell Award recipient met with Nebraska coaches at Center High School. Go Inside for the latest on Collins' recruitment, and his prospective role with The Big Red…

Nasty defensive linemen tend to get what they want. At 6-foot-2, 285-pounds, Maliek Collins is the definition of nasty. And as he continues through the recruitment process, he's making sure he gets his.

The three-star defensive tackle from Kansas City's Center High School is at the center of a recruiting battle that spans three conferences. With a visit to Lincoln and the University of Nebraska on tap for Saturday, Collins knows what he is looking for from the Huskers and the Big Ten.

"I want to feel I'm in a place I can call home," Collins said. "Where I can be comfortable, have a good supporting cast, and where the coaches are going to have my back."

"I want to feel I'm in a place I can play."

Collins was quick to point out that the fit isn't just about him.

"I want my mom and my sister to feel comfortable with it too. If they feel comfortable with the coaches, they could come spend time. I want them to be able to say, ‘dang, I could see you paying there.'"

Wednesday morning, Husker defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski made the trip to visit Collins and Center Head Coach Bryan DeLong. Collins got the answers he was looking for from his prospective position coach.

"We chopped it up," he said, smiling. "I was asking him about the defensive line and what kind of scheme they run. He said I'd play a little bit of everything, and might even move out to end at times."

"He said that a guy with my athleticism, I could play wherever."

That athleticism and explosiveness made Collins an unblockable monster in 2012, earning him the prestigious Bobby Bell Award. Given annually to the top small-class lineman or linebacker in Kansas City, the stalwart tackle admits it took some time for the honor's significance to set in.

"That was a great honor," he said, beaming. "It was a huge award. I didn't really know how big it was until everyone kept congratulating me. I watched it on TV and researched it a bit. I want to carry on that tradition."

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