"He was really disappointed," Averin Collier said. He has scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, Virginia, Syracuse, Connecticut, Clemson, Boston College, Louisville, Temple, Buffalo, and most recently, Maryland. "I really wanted to go down there and wasn't able to make it. We talked about it, and he understood what was going. My Mom is a single mother, and it's me her and my little brother, to do that much commuting would've been too much. He understood."
They just rescheduled. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Collier will check out the campus for the first time, April 21, at the Blue-Gold game.
Taking over the starting tailback duties this past season that his brother Kevin, a red-shirt freshman at Pittsburgh, left behind, Collier ran for 1,582 yards and 22 touchdowns. He accumulated 2,200 all-purpose yards and 26 touchdowns, lining up as a running back, quarterback and receiver. He also saw reps at linebacker and defensive back.Collier's primary position is running back, and every college recruiting him likes him there, but a couple schools including Notre Dame have talked about him maybe playing safety.
"It doesn't really matter to me," Collier said. "It will come down to the school I feel the most comfortable at. The football will come no matter what.
"I'm pretty accustomed to (defense). When I first started playing Pop Warner, I was a defensive guy. My mentality is defensive. I practiced with the starting defense and ran with the starting defense all week in practice, they just didn't really need me in games. It wouldn't be too big of an adjustment for me."
Collier and Powlus text regularly, and talk twice a week.
"He is a great guy," Collier said. "Me and him have a good relationship. It's not about me going to Notre Dame every time I talk to him. He is a real guy, that's what I like about him. We have good conversation about anything.
Powlus told Collier where he stands as far as an offer right now.
"Right now, he and the other offensive coaches have reviewed my film and they were very impressed," Collier said. "It's a slow process when you have to evaluate hundreds of other players from across the country. So they have to sit as a staff and watch everybody, and figure out which guys they‘re impressed with. Now they just have to sit as a group with the other coaches and decide if they want to offer me or not."
Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse are the schools in the most contact with Collier.
"Right when I wake up in the morning, I know I'm going to text message with those guys. I have a good relationship with Pitt with my brother being there, and I live close to Syracuse, and I have family Charlottesville."
Rounding out the core group of contact with Collier is Notre Dame, Florida, Maryland and Clemson.
Collier just visited Michigan this past weekend. He plans on going to Pitt next weekend. On his spring break, Collier is going to fly down to Florida and Clemson. Then there is the Notre Dame trip to wrap up April.
There won't be a basketball conflict this time. Churchville-Chili finished the season 9-12, losing in the first round of the state playoffs. Collier had good numbers, averaging 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds per game.