Barrinton Collins mainly played slot receiver last year but for his senior season he was moved to running back and the Corona (Calif.) Centennial prospect could not be any happier.
Collins, a shifty 5-foot-8, 185-pound prospect, rushed 21 times for 129 yards including a 3-yard touchdown run in Centennial's convincing 44-13 win over Santa Ana Mater Dei this past weekend.
"I feel like I'm right at home," Collins said. "That slot position was pretty good for me but I feel this is where I need to be. At pivotal points in the game this is where I feel I can make plays.
"When the line gets more games under their belt, this is a young line, it's a bunch of sophomores really, when it gets more sound we're going to be putting up 60 a game.
"I have to give it up to my offensive line because week-in and week-out they provide me with the holes and I just run. I didn't feel like I had to do a lot of finesse, I just had to power it because I watched film on them so that's what I did all game."
Collins, who performed well at the Los Angeles and Palo Alto NIKE Camps, said Arizona State, Florida State, Arizona, Miami, Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA and Montana have been showing him the most interest.
The hope is once more programs see what he can do all over the field that some offers will arrive.
"They're looking for a guy who can be on the field at any position," Collins said. "Throw him out there at punt return, throw him out there at kick return, let him catch the ball a couple times."
Collins played so well against Mater Dei even though it was a game-time decision whether or not he'd even be able to dress. In Wednesday's practice, Collins got injured and coach Matt Logan said he wasn't even sure if Collins would be ready to go.
"I didn't think he was going to go, I wasn't sure he was going to go," Logan said. "He got banged up pretty tough in Wednesday night's practice and we didn't know. It was a game-time decision. He couldn't run Thursday in our walk-through so we were really concerned."