4-Star RB Collier is now wide open

Four star RB/WR Averin Collier said things are "completely new" regarding his favorite schools and that he is "wide open" now. Come find out who he now has as his favorite schools along with what will factor into his final decision.

Four star running back/wide receiving prospect Averin Collier after stating that his top three schools were Boston College, Pittsburgh and Clemson has said things have changed. "It's completely new," Collier said. "I'm wide open now. There are a bunch of schools that I have been keeping touch with such as Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia, and Central Florida."

Collier plans on visiting the Orange this weekend. Clemson is no longer considered according to Collier due to "unfortuante situations" with recruiting. Boston College is also off of his list even though they were a school that he said has impressed him the most thus far. He went on a visit with the Eagles on Nov. 3.

"I was impressed with their athletic facilities and everything on campus," he said. "I like what they got going over there football wise (with BC's season). They have a nice locker room and weight room and I left their very impressed."

While he doesn't have an exact list of favorites, he said the Panthers are still on his watch list. He has an official visit with the Panthers scheduled for Dec. 7. His older brother sophomore running back/ kick returner Kevin Collier plays there and he said his brother discusses the recruiting procedure with him, but the fact that he goes there wouldn't influence his decision.

"We talk everyday about the process," he said. "He tells me about what he went through. I was able to take a back seat and watch him go through everything. I was able to learn how he handled it real professional. It makes everything simple and easier since I got to see him."

There are other schools that might also come into play for the 5-foot-11 200 pound offensive weapon. "I've been talking to Vanderbilt and they're interested," he said. "I've also been talking to Alabama and I want to see if they give me offers. If they do, there's no doubt I will visit them."

Collier said he's also has interest in Virginia.

In regards to Rutgers, the Churchville, N.Y. native said he's not sure if he will visit them due to family reasons. If he will go there will have to be determined later. He did have some positive things to say about the Scarlet Knights though.

"I think it's a great school ," he said. "It does the best for its players academically, athletically, and physically with their complex."

On what will factor into his final decision he said, "I want to go to a place where they can develop me as a player. Mentally through academics and socially since I'm from New York I want to go somewhere where I mesh with them. I [also] want to see their running back situation is. That would be the best option because I have a lot to bring to the table. I can do various things with my ability, I can play running back, quarterback, or receiver. I don't want to sit for two years where my ability is contained and I can't develop as a player and learn the speed of the game, not only on the practice field, but also during the game."

Collier is currently the No. 6-ranked running back according to Scout.com's High School Football Rankings. He was a Monroe County all-star this season who scored 15 touchdowns with nine of them coming on receptions, four rushing, and two on kick returns. Nine touchdowns receiving tied a school record. He was selected to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Football Team.

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