January 14, 2013

Spartan offer would be tough to beat

One of the top running back prospects in the state of Michigan for the class of 2014 is Lorenzo Collins of Farmington Hills Harrison High School. The 6-foot-0, 215-pound prospect was in East Lansing yesterday and provided SpartanMag.com with his thoughts on Michigan State University.

Collins has been well known by the Spartan staff since his break-out year back in 2011 when he rushed for over 1000-yards for the Hawks. Spartan Running Back Coach Brad Salem has kept in frequent contact with Collins throughout the process and there is high mutual interest between the two parties. We spoke with Collins about his time on campus Sunday.

"The visit was great," Collins stated. "I loved the campus and all of the special things they have for the football team. I really was impressed with the weightroom they have."

In addition to Michigan State, what schools are you hearing from frequently and have the Spartan coaches talked about the possibility of a scholarship offer?

"I am also hearing a lot from Nebraska and Wisconsin," Collins said. "The Michigan State Coaches have not talked about a scholarship offer, but they did say they like the way I run and that if I ended up coming there I would get a chance to run the ball a lot."

Collins views himself as a workhorse type of running back. His best games for Harrison have come when he gets the opportunity to run the ball 20-times. His physical style of play help to wear down opponents and often his biggest gains come in the 4th quarter when the game is on the line.

SpartanMag.com asked Collins what a scholarship offer from Michigan State would mean and what his thoughts are on the football program itself.

"An offer from Michigan State would mean so much to me and my family," Collins said. "What I like most about Michigan State is that they treat each other like family and never forget about each other. My cousin (Anthony Woods) went there in 2009 and he still talks to the coaches."

Collins is on the shortlist of running backs vying for a Spartan scholarship offer. The coaching staff will certainly want to see him attend camp this summer. Collins plans on hitting some of the regional combines and camps that take place this spring and that could serve to improve his stock. A strong performance at Sound-Mind Sound Body or NIKE could be all it takes for multiple scholarships to come his way.

Matt Dorsey's Take: Collins brings a lot of physical talent to the table and he is one of a handful of in-state running backs the staff is very interested in for the class of 2014. One of the things the staff will be looking to see this spring/summer is his speed and explosiveness. If Collins is able to run a 4.5 forty and show explosiveness in the vertical/broad jump he will put himself in a strong position to receive a Michigan State offer. Head Coach Mark Dantonio has stated that they like players that have a vertical jump of around 3-feet and a broad jump that is at a minimum 9-feet.


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