Receiver Nico Collins is another elite 2017 talent who continues to give UGA a close look. The 4-star from Alabama visited UGA on Junior Day this year and returned to Athens for the Louisiana-Monroe game last weekend.
“It was fun,” Collins told the AJC. “I got to spend time with them and go through all the pregame with them on the field. I got to meet all the coaches. I got to meet and talk to head coach Mark Richt. He’s a real nice guy.”
Collins said watching the prelude to UGA’s “Dawg Walk” was a highlight.
Nico Collins is a 4-star receiver from Clay-Chalkville High School in Pinson, Alabama. (Student Sports)
“That was wild watching how everyone was shaking the bus before the players got off,” Collins said. “It was pretty awesome.”
The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder from Clay-Chalkville, Ala., brought his immediate family along and also plans to return for the Alabama game next month.
“Georgia did a really good job of letting me know that they want me and they want me to come down to Athens more,” Colins said.
He told the AJC he will definitely look at other schools aside from Alabama and Auburn.
“I want to experience and visit a lot more schools than just Alabama and Auburn,” he said. “I need to see a lot of other places.”
He plans to make his commitment on National Signing Day in February of 2017. He said UGA has a “really good chance” to be one of his official visits next fall. He also noted Alabama, Auburn and UGA have been recruiting him the hardest so far.
Collins will also take a good look at Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan and Notre Dame. He only visited Alabama, Auburn and UGA and wants to visit more schools than that to make an informed decision.
Clay-Chalkville head coach Jerry Hood has noticed that Collins hasn’t let recruiting letters and attention get to his head.
“He understands who he is and is thankful for the attention he’s been able to receive,” Hood said. “But he’s been able to keep the proper perspective with this stuff. He’s an impressive kid.”
Collins has very soft hands and earned offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss before his 16th birthday back in March.
He didn’t even start until the fourth game last year as a sophomore, but wound up catching 15 touchdown passes for a state championship team and also earned an All-State selection. Collins caught nine of those 15 touchdown passes over the final seven games of his sophomore season, including five state playoff games.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.