Collier Considering UNC Official

With just one game left on his senior football slate, Averin Collier will begin to put a stronger emphasis on his recruitment.

"I'm going to start taking my visits," Collier said. "I want to go out and see what each university has to offer,"

Collier, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound athlete from Churchville (N.Y.) Churchville-Chili, has an official visit scheduled with Boston College for November 3rd. He plans to schedule his four remaining official trips sequentially following that weekend.

"There's a lot of schools that I want to look at [for a possible official visit]," Collier said. "I'm going to take my time and make my decision."

In addition to Clemson, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse, Collier is considering North Carolina for an official trip.

"The odds are pretty high [I'll visit UNC]," Collier said. "I'm definitely really interested in the school. Me and the coaches are communicating right now on what position they're going to be recruiting me as and how serious they're going to start recruiting me. Everything is looking good right now, so it's very likely I'm going to visit them."

Assistant coach John Lovett has become Collier's UNC recruiting contact.

"They're looking at me as a running back or as a defensive back," Collier said. "I played both as a senior this year, so it wouldn't be much of an adjustment for me. I'll play either or."

Other schools primarily see Collier as a running back.

Although a shoulder injury forced him to miss all but six games, Collier rushed for 13 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards. Defensively, he collected 32 tackles, eight pass deflections, and an interception that he returned for a score.

UNC has yet to extend Collier a scholarship offer, but he's confident that they are close to doing so.

"The way [Lovett] talks to me, he sounds pretty excited that they are going to offer," Collier said.

Collier has collected offers from Boston College, Central Florida, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Syracuse.

Without taking any official visits, Collier is reluctant to name favorites.

"You really can't get a feel for a school without going on campus and seeing what life is going to be like," Collier said. "… I want to definitely take these visits to see what life is like and to see what the atmosphere is like on campus. I want to see how I mesh with not just the football players, but with the whole community."

Collier's brother, Kevin, is a sophomore running back at Pittsburgh. Collier says that won't be a factor in his recruitment.

"The decision is based on what school is best for me, not what school is best for Kevin," Collier said. "It's my decision what school is going to best help me get a degree and possibly play in the NFL."

Collier said he expects to make a verbal commitment shortly after taking all five of his official visits.

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