On a weekend where NC State hosted several of the nation's top prospects, one of the best to make the trek to Raleigh was RB Conredge Collins of Miami (Pace) High School.
Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 50 RB in the nation by Scout.com, Collins (5-11, 220 pounds, 4.6-seconds in the 40) led Pace to a state championship in 2003 and the state semi-finals in 2004. His bruising running style has resulted in scholarship offers from across the country and NC State was one of the lucky suitors to land an official visit with the talented back this past weekend. Collins gave Pack Pride the lowdown on his visit.
"I liked it up there," said Collins. "We got a chance to meet the coaches and see the new facilities and it was really nice. The thing that stood out for me was all the guys they had from Miami on the team. I knew a few of those guys like Bobby Washington and Stephen Tulloch and it was nice being able to chill with them during the weekend. John Dunlap was my host.
"State's recruiting me as a RB and that's basically the only position I'm looking to play. I can say they're a school I definitely have some interest in."
Another potential factor in the Pack's favor is the fact that Collins' mother lives in Durham and was able to take in some of the recruiting activities during her son's visit to Raleigh.
"My mom lives up there," Collins said. "She got a suite at the motel and went to some of the various events with me and that was really nice."
The battle to land Collins will continue on, however, as his trip to NC State was just the first of at least four planned visits. Headed into those trips, Collins says everyone's equal at the current time.
"Right now I'm pretty much open," he said. "I'm not planning on committing anytime soon. I've got a visit coming up with Florida State on Jan 7, Ohio State on Jan 14 and Florida on Jan 28."
Collins has some work to do in the classroom but should ultimately qualify academically.