"I can't worry about something I don't have," Collins quips. "So I can't really think of schools that haven't offered. Right now, I'm really focusing on the schools that have offered me."
Currently seven schools have done as much, but Collins hasn't completely shut the door on two in his home state that have not yet pulled the trigger. "Cal and UCLA said they are both going to wait a little bit before they offer me and probably watch some of my senior year," the recruit reports. "We'll see what happens with them."
Stanford, on the other hand, is making an indelible mark on Collins, led by coach Dave Tipton. And much of their impression has come from their recent offer to Collins.
"Stanford offered me about a month ago," he shares. "They offered me as a receiver. Really, I do whatever gets me on the field."
Collins has received a lot of his attention as a safety, but he's showing the willingness to play on the offensive side of the ball.
"I'm still pretty open right now, but I'm liking Stanford a lot right now. I've started the Stanford application but it's a lot more work than I thought it would be," Collins comments.
With the Stanford education dangling in front of him, does Collins feel any immediate inclination to commit to the Cardinal?
"There is not really any pressure from my family," the recruit relates. "We all know it's an excellent academic opportunity. I'm going to go where I feel most comfortable. I'll take as much time as I need."
This fall, Collins will take at least two AP/honors classes. He has a 3.75 GPA (weighted) and a 3.6 overall. Collins scored a 1580 on his first shot at the SAT, but says he plans to take it again this fall.
Collins anticipates taking all five of his official trips, Stanford being one of the likely destinations. He also plans to visit Oregon and Oregon State, both of whom have offered, and hopes to take trips to Cal and UCLA.
Colorado is a new school emerging for Collins, and the Santa Monica senior says that they've hinted at possibly offering him. He will take an unofficial trip to Boulder before the end of this summer. Collins also camped at Cal and went to the Stanford Nike Camp. New Mexico State, Air Force, Boise State and UC Davis are the other schools who have offered him.
Now, it's a matter of getting ready for the season, where Collins and Santa Monica move up to CIF Division III and kick off their season September 8 at Oxnard (Calif.) Hueneme.
Last season, Collins was named to the All-CIF Division IV team after he finished with 69 tackles and four interceptions as well as a pair of fumble recoveries on defense. He also added 39 receptions for 547 yards and four touchdowns on offense. Against rival Beverly Hills, he had his best day, grabbing eight passes for 136 yards and recording 13 tackles and a pair of interceptions.