April 4, 2013

Collins close to a decision

Cayson Collins has become quite the regular on Chapel Hill's campus the last few months and the young linebacker from Charlotte may soon be ready to make his college choice.

Going into the recruiting process, Collins didn't think he would be this far along, at this point, towards making a decision, but he says the moment might be nearing.

"I'm actually closer to a decision than I thought I would be right now," said Collins. "I can say by about next week, around the weekend."

When asked about his thoughts on North Carolina and his increasing comfort with the school, Collins says his frequent visits have increased his familiarity with the program.

"Just being on Carolina's campus more and getting a feel for the different things the school has to offer academically and athletically," said Collins.

Collins was among several recruits visiting Chapel Hill Wednesday and got the opportunity to take in UNC's tenth spring practice.

The experience had many beneficial moments.

"Coach Brewer and Coach West, the linebacker coach, something that he told me to pay attention to before we went out to practice was the speed that the linebackers have and the technique that their teaching," said Collins. "He wants me to come in and help early so he wanted me to pay attention to the different things that they do so that I can improve on them."

Collins is confident that he can come to UNC and compete with anyone.

"Looking at what they have now, the guy that plays my position, the wheel linebacker, he's not that much bigger than me. He's one of the smaller linebackers. What they want me to do is play in space, getting off the edge and covering sideline to sideline and that's something I feel like I do really well."

"Coming in I feel like I need to put on about twenty pounds and my get my conditioning up, learn the plays and I'll be ready to go."

Collins currently has offers from UNC, North Carolina State, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Illinois, Kansas State and Louisville.

But the three that stand out the most to Collins are UNC, North Carolina State and Clemson.

In March, Collins told Tar Heels Illustrated that one of the things that stuck out most about UNC is the high bar coach Larry Fedora is setting within the football program.

"I love it (at UNC). It's going to be a tough decision. I like the atmosphere in Chapel Hill, and how they expect to win. That's something that really stands out to me," he said.

THI will have more coverage as Collins gets ready to make his selection.

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