Detroit athlete Eli Collins released his list of Top 6 schools earlier this week. Iowa made the cut.
Michigan State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Pittsburgh and Mississippi State joined the Hawkeyes among the half dozen schools on which Collins will focus this fall. Boston College, Iowa State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri and Syracuse were others that had offered scholarships.
Collins (6-0, 195) unofficially visited Iowa last November when it upset Michigan at Kinnick Stadium. He was in the stands when fans rushed the field following Keith Duncan’s game-winning field goal as time expired. The Hawkeyes offered a few weeks later and have remained among his favorite schools since then.
“It’s not too far from home, and me and coach (Phil) Parker have a great connection. I really enjoyed my time there and it’s a great program,” Collins told HN about why he included Iowa in his Top 6.
Parker, the team’s defensive coordinator and secondary coach, played at Michigan State and enjoys a strong relationship with high schools in the Detroit area. Collins, who attends the University of Detroit Jesuit High, has learned the longtime assistant is genuine, something he appreciates.
“Every time we talk, it’s not just a bunch of stuff to take up time or anything like that. It’s conversation where he gets to the point and lets me know what the deal is. It doesn’t feel as if I’m talking to a machine where they just spit out information,” Collins said.
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The Hawkeyes are recruiting Collins as an athlete. Most colleges view him as an outside linebacker or running back on the next level. He has no positional preference.
“Wherever is best for the team is where I’ll play,” he said.
Collins has a plan in place for the rest of his recruitment.
“I’m going to talk to these coaches as much as possible then narrow it down to five schools so then I can take my five officials and figure out which place will be my next home,” he said.
While he proceeds with the intention of using all the official visits allowed by NCAA rules, he’s not locked into taking them all.
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“If a school feels like home before I go on other officials, then I’ll make my commitment,” he said.
Collins said he will major in Packaging Engineering when he gets to college.