The battle for Collins boiled down to in-state rivals UNC and NC State in February. But, UNC took a decisive lead following Collins' attendance at its March junior day, which was held in junction with the UNC-Duke basketball game.
Originally, Collins had planned to announce his college decision at UNC's "Fedora Freak Show," but he moved up the decision date to Saturday after attending a spring practice earlier in the month.
Gunter Brewer is Collins' lead recruiter and a major reason for his commitment, but Robert Dinkins warrants an assist. Dinkins, a fellow Charlotte native who verbally committed to the Tar Heels last summer, befriended Collins and doubled as a UNC recruiter.
During his sophomore season, Collins was promoted to varsity where he played alongside two senior linebackers, including Nick Dawson, who currently is a freshman at Louisville. It wasn't until his junior year, though, that Collins truly came into his own. He tallied 110 tackles (74 solo), an interception, three forced fumbles, and returned a recovered fumble for a touchdown.
"He's just a well rounded kid," Berry Academy head coach Andrew Howard said. "He's a good hard worker [that] always wants to get better at what he's doing. He's always asking questions just to find out different things he can do to get better.
"He's such a versatile kid. He's rangy, and has real long arms."