May 20, 2011

Collins excited about next chapter

The recruitment of Marcus Collins wasn't what most prospects go through. He committed to Iowa late in the process without seeing the campus and made his official visit after signing with the Hawkeyes. As his high school career comes to a close, he is ready for the next chapter in his life. The future linebacker talks about his outstanding track season, when he will arrive at Iowa, and much more.

Q: What has your spring been like? I know you took your official visit later than normal to Iowa.

COLLINS: Spring has been great. I took the visit mainly to get a look at the campus. I had indoor track and my weekends were all booked up, so I took my visit later. The visit was great. I really enjoyed it.

Q: Have you had a chance to reflect back on your recruitment and getting the Iowa offer late in the process?

COLLINS: It was definitely a little overwhelming and very happy. I was happy to finally get the opportunity to play football at this level. It was also more than just football because this was an opportunity to get a great education and experience something that most people don't get to experience.

Q: You have been doing track again this spring, correct?

COLLINS: Yes. Right now I am in the outdoor season and running the 110 hurdles and the 4 x 100 relay team.

Q: What kind of times are you posting?

COLLINS: My best in the hurdles is a 14.67. In the 300, I ran a 40.15. I am trying to get that lower for state. I want to get to 39. Our 4 x 100 team rank a little over 43. We want to get seeded high.

Q: How do you explain your success in the hurdles? You are a pretty powerfully built guy.

COLLINS: I think I am pretty explosive and I have a real drive. It's really about technique and power. I am more of a power hurdler, but I have pretty good technique.

Q: What have you heard from the Iowa coaches in recent weeks?

COLLINS: I talk to Coach Wilson, who recruited me, about when I will be coming out and he asks me about how my outdoor season is going. He also asks me if I have been following the lifting program that they sent me. He always asks about how my studies are going.

Q: Has anything changed in terms of a position this fall?

COLLINS: Position wise they are still telling me outside linebacker. When I was out there, I talked to Anthony Hitchens. He is a linebacker that played in the bowl game. He said he came in as a defensive back, moved to running back, and then played linebacker in the bowl game. I know I have to be prepared to switch around if needed. I don't care where they put me. I just want to play and help the team.

Q: Have they told what number you would be wearing?

COLLINS: I want to wear 57, but they weren't sure that I could get that number right now. I wore that number in high school. But, I'm not too picky about a number.

Q: When is your graduation and when do you plan to arrive at Iowa?

COLLINS: My graduation is on June 10th and I report to Iowa on June 18th.

Q: Are you getting anxious to move on to this next chapter in your life?

COLLINS: I am definitely excited. I kind of want to get away and be more of an independent person on my own. I want to come into this and experience as much as I can in college and enjoy it.

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