Collins is Back on the Recruiting Market

Madison (WI) Lafollette senior safety Marcus Collins is no longer verbally committed to being a Pitt Panthers next fall. Collins is now interested in hearing other coaches' recruiting pitches before making a final decision.

After being recognized for having a successful season, Madison (WI) Lafollette senior safety Marcus Collins has made the decision to re-open his recruiting campaign.

"Since verbally committing to Pitt over the summer things have changed," Collins told Panther Digest. "It was during the season when my recruiting started to pick up so I decided to open it back up.

"I'm not sure if I want to play in the ACC or try and play in the Big Ten or even drop down to the FCS level. I'm just trying to figure out my priorities as far as academics and playing time."

Collins season ended this past Friday. The Lafollette Lancers lost in their first home playoff football game. Although it's bittersweet for Collins to see his final season end, it now gives the two-star athlete a chance to focus on his latest college options

The 6-4, 205-pound safety is looking at Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State and of course, Pitt. The other two schools on his radar are North Dakota State and Rutgers.

Collins is currently ranked the No. 127 safety in the country by Fox Sports Next, and it wasn't until other schools started taking notice this past season that the senior recruit saw that his stock was rising. Although, new schools have entered the picture, Collins still considers Pitt to be one his top picks.

"To hear from other schools during the season, it just lets you know your stock is progressively rising with a good showing week in and week out," said Collins. "Also, coaches are starting to pay attention to the point that they know every week who you're playing, what your stats are and all the little things you did in each game. Whereas the last two years of varsity football that wasn't really the case for me. It's something that boosts your confidence and it's also very humbling. It gives you motivation for every week."

But even with a successful season behind him and new colleges diverting his attention away from the Panthers, Collins is no longer certain Pitt is it. But for Collins, Pitt has been around since day one and it's not something he will forget.

"I went to a Wisconsin camp both my freshman and sophomore year when I played at quarterback," said Collins. "I had the opportunity to work with coach Chryst one-on-one for a couple of days, and that's an experience you really remember. I remember how he taught me and what kind of coach he was at Wisconsin. When he went out to Pitt and became the head coach, Pitt was the first BCS school interested in me. I had known of him since like the sixth grade, and that's what gives Pitt more of a family feel for me. That's what I really like about them and the chemistry I've made with most of that coaching staff over the years."

Collins is still working on setting up his official visits and will not be making a final commitment until closer to signing day.

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