Minnesota had many recruits come to take part in their camp and one of the standouts were Madison (WI.) Lafollette safety Marcus Collins. He talks about how his camp experience went, how he feels about Minneapolis along with how much an Gopher offer would impact his recruitment.
"I think the camp went really well," Collins told GopherDigest. "They put me to work just like they said and I got to showcase myself at many different positions. Yeah, I got to talk to the coaches plenty. They said they are going to spend the next few days looking over the camp film and trying to decide what position I would fit best with them. They said if they can figure it out, then they'll pull the trigger. This was my fifth time being there, so that should say how I think about the place. I like everything at Minnesota! I've been to two games and had a great time. I've gotten a campus tour via golf cart and seen all the facilities. Everyone is always so nice and it always seems like I'm getting VIP treatment. Who doesn't love that?"
"Growing up in the heart of Big Ten country, it's big on a personal level if I could land a Minnesota offer," Collins said. "When I was growing up, the Big Ten had the schools you see and follow every weekend. It would be great to break into Big Ten caliber and Minnesota is a great school to do it with. As for my recruitment, it would start a competition for my commitment because as of now, I'm leaning far to Pittsburgh."
Living in Madison, the 6-4, 205-pound physical safety understands the rivalry between the Gophers and Badgers, but knows whatever decision he makes, it will be respected.
"Well, anyone who is truly involved with me will support me no matter where I go," said Collins. "No matter how ironic it is (coming out of Madison). It wouldn't be bad and just look to the future, Coach Kill is in the making to building something great there."
Collins is getting recruited by Quarterback Coach Jim Zebrowski and still remembers the first time he met him and how favorable of an impression it was on him.
"I'm being recruited by Coach Zebrowski. He's a family man. The first thing he did when we met the first time was introduce me to his wife and kids. Everytime I see him, he is interacting with his players. It's just like they were his own and thats what I looking for, a players coach."
With Collins already attending various camps around the Midwest, he will be winding down his recruitment and making it come to a close soon. The Panthers are in the lead, but he will be waiting to see if any teams will join the fold for his services or not before he decides.
"I'm all done with camps as of today, finishing up with Illinois," said Collins. "Now from here till July 11, I'm going to see what (if any) offers come in. Ultimately, I'm going to be very blunt/straight forward by saying if nothing else comes or there isn't another offer that interests me plus everything goes well at Pittsburgh, I'm going to commit there and be done. Basically, we'll just see what happens between now and then."