A breakout sophomore campaign has established Farmington Hills Harrison running back Lorenzo Collins as one of the top prospects to watch in the state of Michigan for the class of 2014. Several college programs have already started expressing interest in Collins, but one in particular has his eye early in the process.
"Right now, I'm trying to go to [Michigan] State," Collins said. "That's my major choice for where I want to go to college."
Michigan State has been a favorite of Collins' since his early days, but his interest was increased when his cousin Anthony Woods signed with the Spartans in the 2008 class.
"It was always between Penn State and Michigan State, but really my cousin inspired me when he went to Michigan State," Collins said. "I used to go to their camps a lot when I was young and really like their program."
There are other connections to Michigan State for Collins. His teammate last fall, Aaron Burbridge, signed with the Spartans last month and Harrsion High has a long tradition of sending prospects to East Lansing. Collins has already had some contact with the Michigan State staff, and is looking to visit their campus this summer.
"I might be going to one of their camps in the summer," Collins said.
Other teams have also started to show interest in the 6-0, 210-pound Collins. He has received messages from Wisconsin on Facebook, inviting him out to their campus for a visit.
Collins played both linebacker and running back for Harrison High last season. He finished the year with more than 1,000 rushing yards.
This off-season, Collins is trying his hand at track for the first time and will be participating in the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump.