NC State set its sights on landing a running back in the class of 2017 and accomplished that earlier this year with a commitment from Seffner (FL) Armwood standout Erin Collins.
Through a 3-1 start, Collins (6-0, 200 pounds) has rushed 34 times for 253 yards (7.4 yards per carry average) and seven touchdowns. He’s also totaled five catches for 53 yards.
Collins visited the Pack unofficially over the summer prior to his July commitment and followed that up a couple of weekends ago by making an official visit to NC State. It just solidified his decision to become a part of the Wolfpack.
“It was a great visit,” Collins told Pack Pride in a recent interview. “I had a chance to watch the game against Old Dominion and they won. It was a blowout. The atmosphere, the stadium, I really liked that. The school itself was good. I liked everything they have outside of football. The academics look good.”
Another thing that caught Collins’ eye was how NC State utilizes running back Matt Dayes in a variety of ways. It’s something the senior back feels meshes well with his own skill set.
“I like that a lot of State’s players are so versatile. Matt Dayes, he’s a great player. They had him lined up some at receiver and that’s something that I can do so I’m looking forward to it.”
While decommitments have become the norm in recruiting, Collins says he won’t be one of them. He’s sold on NC State and let everyone else know he’ll be in Raleigh next year.
“I shut all the recruiting down after I committed to NC State. I’m not looking at anyone else.”
Prior to committing to NC State Collins held offers from Central Florida, Louisville, Iowa, Minnesota and South Carolina among others. He is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 97 running back in the nation by Scout.comnull