February 27, 2008

Mississippi dual-threat QB gets offers

Franklin County in Meadville, Miss. has produced several Division I prospects over recent years including current Rebel defensive end Marcus Tillman.

Tillman's cousin, Josh Tillman was a long time commitment to Ole Miss before switching to Southern Miss after the coaching change at Ole Miss. Marcus Tillman's half brother, Bo Tillman, elected to join his cousin in Hattiesburg over Ole Miss.

The latest in Franklin County prospect is dual-threat quarterback Jamie Collins.

Collins is also a cousin to the Tillmans.

Collins, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, rushed for 1,096 yards his junior season, adding another 987 yards in the air for a combined total of 22 touchdowns, earning him first team all-state honors and MVP honors in his conference.

Collins hasn't gone unnoticed by recruiters and recently picked up written offers from Auburn and Southern Miss.

He's also getting letters from Florida, Tennessee, Louisville, Oregon, Michigan State, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Alabama.

"Recruiting is goign all right," Collins said Tuesday evening. "I'm hearing from a lot of schools, but haven't talked to any coaches.

Coaches are not permitted to call prospects until April 15 according to NCAA rules.

While Collins is receiving a lot of mail from colleges, he's not in any hurry to make a quick decision.

"I'm just waiting for right now," Collins said.

Collins claims no favorites but admits that he grew up a fan of Georgia and would like to hear from them.

For now, he says that Southern Miss and "maybe Alabama" are his favorite teams that he's hearing from.

Collins said he has not attended any junior days at any school, but noted that he did receive an invitation to attend Ole Miss' junior day this Saturday.

"I'm not going to be able to go because I have a track meet," he said.

He indicated that he may try to get to Ole Miss on their second junior day, which will be held April 12 - Grove Bowl weekend.

Collins also doesn't have any plans to attend summer football camps, but may make that decision later on.

He recently took the ACT, but doesn't have his score back, and is unsure of his GPA.

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