What have the Irish be telling the Forestville (MD) Bishop McNamara product? "The Irish are saying a lot of good things," said Collins. "They want me to come out for their junior day and that is exciting. They've said some good things about their networking, tradition and things like that."
Collins has watched the Irish on the field and likes what he's seen.
"The offense is exciting and at a fast pace," explained Collins. "They use a lot of players and they like to spread the ball around. It seems like a great opportunity for everybody to see the field early."
With early playing time as one of the three things Collins is looking for in a college program, he knows other factors will play a role when it comes time to make a choice.
"I'm looking for a great networking system, which Notre Dame has," said Collins. "Early playing time and my major are the other two areas that will be the key components I'm looking for. Notre Dame has all three.
"Notre Dame said I have a great chance but of course you need to come in and work hard. They have a great networking system and they have my major which is premed, as I want to be an orthopedic surgeon. So it's all set up and looking good right now."
Making early contact has been new Irish offensive coordinator Chuck Martin. Collins is high on both coaches.
"Brian Kelly is a great coach and I've been in contact with Chuck Martin," said Collins. "They both seem like really good coaches and cool guys to hang around with. They also seem like great people so it's a win-win situation."
With an open invite to junior day, does Collins feel he'll be making the trip to campus?
"I'm going to try and make it for junior day," he said. "I've been talking with my parents and we need to sit down and talk with everybody. I don't want to place my needs above the rest of the family so we'll see."