To differentiate NU's pitch, Collins focused on winning over the McIntosh family. He knows exactly how to prioritize his potential four-year starting point guard.
"They're having success not only recruiting me, but also recruiting people who are going to help me make my decision," McIntosh said. "They called my sister and wished her a happy birthday.
"They're doing everything the right way. That's something that stands out to me right now."
It's quite the serious recruitment. Collins–who locked up his second commitment on Monday–watched every one of McIntosh's games this past weekend. From the first stage of the July evaluation period onward, he centered his focus almost directly on the Greensburg (Ind.) product.
The evaluation periods help coaches decide which players to move forward with. But really, the guys on the court know which coaches are watching. Given that so many schools are in contention, McIntosh has grown to appreciate the commitment from Collins.
"It's really cool to know where you stand with them," McIntosh said. "If he's at every one of your games, then you're a high priority."
The two have established especially strong rapport. McIntosh said that he and Collins give each other a "hard time" and bond over their style of play.
"He's told me he's seen a few similarities," McIntosh said. "He likes the competitiveness of mine. That sticks out to him."
NU's first interaction with McIntosh arrived when he heard from both Collins and Armon Gates. That set the tone for his entire recruitment—one that became an immediate priority for each coach.
The newest NU assistant reflects this family-oriented approach. McIntosh said that Gates has spoken to his mother, father and grandparents since NU offered.
The point guard prospect will travel to Evanston on August 11th to check out campus, and NU will be the first school to visit his home on September 9th.
McIntosh listed Iowa, West Virginia and Creighton as some of the other schools that have done strong work in recruiting him. And although NU appeared to put itself in excellent position, like McIntosh said: "It's an everyday thing and something new always comes about."
Those visits should prove very crucial. If NU lands an exciting point guard for the future, there might be even more reason to praise this new regime.