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Michigan Football Signee Bio: WR Nico Collins

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Statistics

• Had 46 catches for 895 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior.

• As a junior, Collins had 60 catches for 1,103 yards and 16 touchdowns.

• Posted 39 catches for 805 yards and 15 TDs as a sophomore.


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Honors

USA Today All-USA Alabama second-team pick as a senior.

• First-team Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A All-State selection as a senior and a second-team choice as a junior and a sophomore.

Birmingham News All-Metro first-team performer as a senior, junior and sophomore.

All-Star Games And Camps

• Attended Rivals Camp Series Atlanta in 2015.

• Was invited to Nike’s The Opening finals in Beaverton, Ore., in 2016.

Recruitment

• Committed Feb. 1, 2017.

• Officially visited Georgia (Jan. 27, 2017), LSU (Dec. 2, 2016) and Michigan (Nov. 5, 2016). Also took four unofficial visits to U-M throughout his process.

• After being a Michigan lean for much of his recruitment, he watched Georgia charge late, but ultimately fell short of swaying him away from the Maize and Blue.

• Head coach Jim Harbaugh and newly hired passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton really picked up the pace on Collins’ recruitment after former coaches Jedd Fisch and Tyrone Wheatley moved on to different jobs.

Notable

• Born March 19

• Helped Clay win the Class 6A state title as a sophomore.

2017 Projection

Collins, like every other wide receiver commit, will have a chance to show the coaching staff that he belongs on the field as a freshman. With Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson no longer at U-M, some combination of young receivers will have to fill the void. At 6-5 and nearly 200 pounds, Collins certainly has enviable size and could prove to be worthy of playing time as a freshman.

They Said It

Rivals.com Southeast Recruiting Analyst Woody Wommack: “Collins is very impressive and uses his length and leaping ability to give smaller defensive backs fits. He runs good routes and is consistent catching the ball, especially when it matters most in the red zone. Once he can add some more weight to his long frame, he will be even tougher for defenders to deal with.”

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