In the spring Houston-area athlete Gino Collins was off the recruiting map. After transferring from Cypress-Fairbanks to St. Pius X and hitting several one-day camps, Collins started drawing interest from local Division I schools.
He was offered by UTEP a few weeks ago and the University of Houston on Friday. It didn't take him long to make a decision.
"I'm going to Houston," he said. "I just got off the phone with coach Bubba McDowell, and I committed. They were pretty excited."
Collins shined at Oklahoma State's one-day camp and Houston's one-day camp a month ago, drawing the attention of the Cougars defensive back coaches. From there he visited Fresno State, Purdue and Louisiana-Lafayette.
"I really like their facilities and being close to home," he said. "Bakari Maxwell is a cousin of mine and is an incoming freshman at Houston. I haven't been able to get him on his cell phone to tell him yet. He'll be excited."
While Collins has played most of his high school career as a receiver, he projects as a cornerback in college.