Two Teams Battling for Collins

Cayson Collins's recruitment is shaping up to be a battle between two in-state schools. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound linebacker from Charlotte (N.C.) Berry Academy visited one of those schools on Saturday.

"I feel like it's coming down to NC State and [North] Carolina," Collins said. "In different areas I'm leaning in different directions. In academics, I'm leaning more towards NC State, because they do have my major. But with athletics, I'm leaning more towards Chapel Hill, because the history that they have with winning and the success that they've had with their program."

Collins, who attended UNC's Junior Day on Saturday, isn't sure when that battle will be decided.

"It's something I think about every day," Collins said. "But I'm just taking it day by day."

On the basketball court on Saturday, Collins was able to see his co-leaders do battle live from the Smith Center.

"You can tell that the alumni from Carolina and the students from Carolina don't like the students and alumni at NC State," Collins said. "The rivalry was showcased at the game. It was very electric. The atmosphere was ridiculous. The fans were standing up every two minutes. That was definitely something that stood out."

Accompanied by his parents, Collins arrived in Chapel Hill prior to the start of the junior day to get a more in-depth look at the academic side of UNC.

"I actually want to study mechanical engineering, but I also want to branch off and do something that deals with business," Collins said. "At Chapel Hill, they told me I have until my fourth semester to declare my major. That would give me a little time to shop around to see what I want to do."

While exploring the academic side, Collins was greeted by a familiar face – Kedrick Davis, Collins's former teammate who is now a freshman wide receiver at UNC.

"I was talking to somebody that was in the engineering department and [Davis] came into the room," Collins said. "[Davis] gave my dad an understanding of what class was like and how practices were. He was actually a great help."

Collins's early arrival also allowed him to spend extensive time with UNC's coaching staff. That included meeting, for the first time, Ron West, the newly hired linebackers coach.

"He talked to my parents about his transition into the program, what he envisions the program to be, [and] his plans for me in the program," Collins said. "It was nice getting to know him.

Also, Collins had a meeting in Larry Fedora's office with Fedora and Gunter Brewer, his primary recruiter.

"They just explained the whole scholarship [and] how that works," Collins said. "They said there's a lot to the program and how they operate. They talked about recruiting – things like that."

The visit was Collins's third to UNC, but his parents' first. Thus, the campus tour provided his parents with their first taste of Chapel Hill.

"It was a great day for my parents to see everything that Carolina has to offer me," Collins said. "I feel like they walked away with a better understanding of the campus. My mom loves it. My dad is tossed up between a few different schools."

Collins doesn't have any future recruiting trips scheduled.

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