Collins is ready to show what he can do

Playing for a team that runs the ball a majority of the time can limit the chances for a wideout to make a name for himself, but a change in offensive philosophy could mean big things are on the horizon for Reedley WR Avery Collins (6-0, 190). JCFootball.com caught up with Collins recently and he updated us on things including which schools have said they want to see what he can do this fall...

Collins prepped at Wolfson (Jacksonville, Fl.) High School and was a non-qualifier for a D-1 scholarship, but was able to get into a D-2 school in Georgia.

"I went to Fort Valley State and I pulled my hamstring early on so they redshirted me," Collins told JCFootball.com. "At the end of the season, the coach there resigned and I didn't really want to play for a different coach and I always felt like I should give D-1 football a try because I felt I could play at a higher level.

"Reedley has a good reputation for getting guys placed after they get their degree, so I decided to come out and play some ball and see what I could do."

On a team that ran the ball a majority of the time, Collins managed to only post six receptions for 108 yards and one touchdown, but a change in scheme and philosophy could mean big things are on the horizon.

"We have a new offensive coordinator (Scott Stark) and he loves to throw the ball around all over the place, so I have a chance to put up some big numbers this year," Collins said. "I have speed (4.35) and I can get deep on guys, but I feel like I can do whatever a team needs me to do.

"I can block because you really had to learn how with the offense we ran last year and I feel like I've improved as a route-runner and that helps me work the middle of the field."

Recruiting really has been on hold for Collins as far as offers are concerned, but he said several schools have let it be known they want to see what he can do in the new offense.

"Most schools want to see our first few games before they do anything," Collins said. "I mean, I spoke to a bunch of schools that came through here during the spring, but they all said they wanted to see how I did this fall.

"Cal likes me, UCLA was up here and talked to me, Washington State said they liked me a lot and then Nevada, San Diego State, Utah and San Jose State all spoke to me too."

Since Collins redshirted in 2008 and played last fall, he'll have two years to play two once he finishes his AA degree next May.

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