Junior Update: Chris Collins Close To A Commitment

We got in touch with Texarkana Texas High standout <b>Chris Collins</b> to see what he thought about the recent official offer extended his way courtesy of the Longhorns (first reported here on Tuesday) and which teams are currently standing out. Much to our surprise, we found out a whole lot more.

But let's get started with who the 6-1, 230-pounder's top three teams are heading into what will be his Decision Saturday...

"Texas, OU and LSU are the top schools right now," he said before the interview turned toward what he thought about the recent Texas official offer.

"What did it mean to me? I think it made me want to go ahead and commit," Collins said. "Get it over with. I'm going to give them my verbal."

Looks like the all-state linebacker (as a sophomore and junior), will be Texas' first commitment for the 2005 class.

"Growing up, I had been wanting to go there," he said, "But recently, things had kind of changed and I was wanting to look at some other schools. Well, now Texas offered me. And so I figured I'd follow my dream. I'll be going to the Junior Day this Saturday to meet the coaches and will give them my verbal then."

Another reason Collins hopes to end the suspense early is to keep it normal around his neck-of-the-woods. Not that he minds the media attention, he said, but he'd like to concentrate on his academics and final season as a high school football player before graduating to the next level.

Collins, the District 13-4A MVP, projects as a middle linebacker. He's currently working his tail off in the off-season program after giving up basketball to improve his game on the gridiron.

Weight-room numbers: "Bench: 325; Squat: 435; Power clean: 265."

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