Seffner (FL) Armwood tailback Erin Collins has five schools at the front of his mind as he thinks about making decisions that will impact his future. One decision in particular. Collins (6-0, 200) is trying to decide where to play college football and attend school.
He's already made some good progress in his journey towards a decision.
"I've got a top five. It's North Carolina State, Indiana, Minnesota, South Carolina and Maryland," the Armwood High School running back said.
Most players with leaders or lists of favorites have visited most or all of the schools they have the most interest in this time of year. In Collins' case the story is a little different. He has not visited any of his five favorites yet.
Collins does have plans to visit two of those schools as soon as possible.
"I'm going up to NC State on the 18th [of July]. I'm going up to Indiana sometime in September on my bye week. I think that will be an official."
He said he is not sure if he will take all or some of his official visits. He will have seen at least two of his five favorites by early in the season based on those plans.
Why has NC State impressed Collins so much?
"Because they're showing a lot of interest in me and I talk and text with the coach back and forth a lot. We talk sometimes. They just seem like they're really interested in me and I like that. I talk to Coach Kitchings and he seems like a good guy," he said. "I'm just going up there for a visit, not a camp or anything.
"Indiana is really showing me the same kind of treatment as NC State and Minnesota is recruiting me like that sometimes too."
That means South Carolina and Maryland are not showing the same kind of interest but they have talked to Collins in the past.
Collins is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 96 running back in the nation by Scout.com.