Back in 2006, Churchville (N.Y.) Churchville-Chili was home to talented Pittsburgh commitment Kevin Collier. Two years later his brother, athlete Averin Collier is following in his footsteps. The offers are already heating up for the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder.
"I've got nine offers now," he said. "I got ones from Boston College, Connecticut, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Buffalo, Temple and this week, Clemson offered."
Of course Collier's brother goes to Pittsburgh, does that mean he's a Panther lean?
"I don't have any favorites right now. I'm leaving it wide open since it's early in the process," he said. "I do like Pitt though. My brother goes there and I get the inside scoop on their program. I also visit a lot and I am in pretty good with coach Walker and Wannstedt already."
The junior prospect made one of his regular trips to the Steel City last month.
"It was nice," he said. "It was the same as always. I got to spend time with my brother, hang out in the dorms and get a feel for what they do. They are a rising program and I'm seeing a lot of improvements."
While Pitt may have an early edge, one other school stands out to Collier.
"I grew up a big Texas fan," he said. "I know it's unlikely since they mostly recruit Texas players, but if they came into the picture that would be big for me. I'm fascinated by their program and love the history of running backs there. They've got a great tradition with guys like Cedric Benson and Ricky Williams."
With so many options on the table, what is Collier looking for out of a college?
"Wherever I go I'll get a free education that's the benefit of a scholarship," he said. "So mostly it'll come down to the program. I want somewhere that has a good NFL connection so I'll have a good chance to move on to the next level. That's the big thing for me."
Meanwhile, the 2008 prospect has a busy month ahead of him.
"I'm planning to go up to Pitt again for their junior day," he said. "Then I'll head to Virginia on the 24th and Notre Dame for their junior day on March 4th. At this time, I haven't decided on any combines."
In the meantime, Collier is keeping busy with basketball.
"We're wrapping up the season right now and are 8-8," he said. "I'm averaging about 16-points a game, 7 rebounds and five assists. I am getting looks from some mid major schools, but playing basketball in college doesn't interest me."