After a strong camp showing on Friday night in Lincoln, Blue Valley West high school (KS) cornerback Mark Collins Jr. was asked by the Nebraska coaching staff to stick around for Big Red Weekend on Saturday.
“I felt like I did really well. Everything was really clicking in the drills,” said Collins regarding the camp. “I felt good in the 1-on-1s, it was probably my best outing. I felt good about that.
“I had no idea about the Big Red Weekend until after the camp when Coach (Brian) Stewart and Coach (Bruce) Read told me I had a great camp and needed to stick around. They wanted to show me around.”
Collins talked about his Saturday experience with Big Red Report.
“It was great. We toured the campus, academic buildings, the field, the locker room, it was all great. I liked it a lot,” said Collins. “I felt Nebraska’s atmosphere is great. You can tell standing in the stadium that the whole state comes and supports the program. Everyone loves Nebraska athletics there. You can really feel that.”
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect has offers from South Dakota State, North Dakota, and Northern Iowa, but is still looking for his first power-five scholarship nod. He camps on Sunday at Iowa and feels his relationship with their coaching staff might earn him a spot.
“The first school (power-five) to offer me will have the edge, because they saw something in me earlier. It depends on how I feel about the school. I want to feel comfortable,” said Collins. “Nebraska said they have offered a bunch of defensive backs already, so they are waiting to see which ones fall off. Based off that, I could get an offer from them. I’m really in waiting. I’m scholarship material they said, but it’s a numbers game. Nebraska is the only school to really say that to me at this point.”
As a junior, Collins recorded 45 tackles, two forced fumbles, and seven tackles for a loss – shutting down one side of the field in the passing game.
Scout.com will continue to monitor Collin’s recruitment.