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Process over for 5-star Collins

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - If all goes as planned, five-star safety Landon Collins of Geismar (La.) Dutchtown will call coaches from Alabama and LSU on Wednesday night. One of the programs will get his commitment. The other will get a polite "Thanks, but no thanks."
Some prospects dread this part of the recruiting process.
Collins isn't one of them.
"It's my life," Collins told Rivals.com on Wednesday. "I've got to be happy where I'm going. [Both staffs] always tell me they're going to be my biggest fans no matter where I go."
According to Collins, who is competing in the Under Armour All-America game this week, he knows with "100 percent" certainty which school he will sign with. But while some coaches will get the news Wednesday, everyone else will have to wait until Thursday night's game, when he plans to announce on live TV.
"I won't be nervous at all," Collins said. "I'm totally comfortable with [the decision]."
Collins said his family knows of his choice, and that he has their backing.
"We talked about it," Collins said. "They'll support me anywhere I go."
With Alabama, Collins spoke glowingly about the weather, the town and the people. At LSU, which is less than an hour from his home, he mentioned his fondness of the atmosphere, the coaches and the players.
What ultimately led Collins to his choice?
"Finding a place where I feel at home, and loving it there, and getting close with the coaches," Collins said. "I love the coaches."
The Under Armour game and Thursday's announcement will cap what has been an enjoyable week for the country's No. 2 safety.
"It was great; it was fantastic," Collins said. "On Tuesday, it was cold and everybody was tight. Other than that, it was great. It was a fun experience."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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