August 5, 2011

Collins camps at UA, LSU

Landon Collins may be a five-star recruit and considered one of the top safeties in the nation, but that didn't stop the Louisiana native from not only attending, but working out at both the Alabama and LSU camps.

Collins, a 6-foot, 200-pound defensive back, worked out all four days at the Crimson Tide's camp in July.

"It went well," he said. "I talked to most all of the coaches, and I have a good relationship with them. I know them well and talk to them a lot. I talk to Coach (Nick) Saban a lot. I just went out to the camp and worked hard."

The UA coaching staff was impressed with Collins' work ethic at the camp. When he wasn't working out, the five-star spent a lot of time walking around with Saban, who even let him take control and run the camp for a little while.

"He told me a lot of stuff," Collins said. "Basically, the whole time I was with him, and I was his right-hand man at the camp. I got to blow the horn and control the camp for awhile. It was fun. It was amazing because not many people get to do that."

During his stay in Tuscaloosa, Collins also hung out with some of the current Alabama football players including his former high school teammate Eddie Lacy and incoming freshman Bradley Sylve, another Louisiana native.

The only other camp that Collins attended this summer was at LSU, his other favorite school. The Dutchtown High School star made the trip to Baton Rouge in June.

"It was cool," Collins said. "It was laid back. I just went there to go watch, see how the coaches were and see all of the prospects that came out there."

The No. 17 ranked player nationally has seen his stock soar even higher after his performance at The Opening out in Oregon. Collins was easily the best player at the event, winning the SPARQ National Championship and being named both the 7-on-7 MVP and the overall MVP.

"It went well," Collins said. "I came back with a lot of championship trophies. I came back with the team MVP, and our team won the 7-on-7 (tournament)."

With the summer coming to an end, Collins is trying to enjoy what's left of it before his high school team starts working out in full pads on Aug. 10.

He's also looking to start setting up his official visits for the fall, and the first one he is trying to schedule is to Gainesville for one of Florida's early games. Collins also wants to take visits to Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and Texas.

The star safety plans has also marked Nov. 5 on his calendar and plans to be in Tuscaloosa when LSU comes to town.

At this point, Alabama and LSU still lead for Collins, and he's still scheduled to make his choice at the Under Armour All-America Game.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at [email protected]

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