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5-Star Collins sets LSU visit

11/18/2011

GEISMAR, La. -- Five-star safety Landon Collins (Geismar, La./Dutchtown) is finished with his high school football season. His Dutchtown team lost in the first round of the playoffs last Friday. Now, Collins can fully focus on recruiting and his upcoming decision. Many believe that the nation’s No. 7 overall recruit will decide between the home state Tigers and Crimson Tide. But Collins insists he’s wide open with the process.

His first official visit was two weeks ago, when he tripped to Alabama for the LSU game.

“The atmosphere when I was there at Alabama was just crazy, amazing,” Collins said. “There were so many people and the place was unreal. It was something I never really experienced before. It was so good to see how the players and coaches handled the game. I was very impressed and had a really good visit.”

Next up for Collins will be an official visit to LSU. He will head to Baton Rouge for the Arkansas game and stay the weekend. Collins has been impressed with the way the Tigers have played this fall.

“They have been amazing,” Collins said. “They are taking it one step at a time, one game at a time. They are just playing so well and they are a team that I have been very impressed with this season.”

The team people shouldn’t sleep on is Texas.

If there’s a dark horse or sleeper in the Landon Collins sweepstakes it’s the Longhorns. In fact, Collins was shocked that Texas even showed interest in him. Yet here we are in crunch time and he will officially visit Austin next month (Dec. 9).

“To me, they are a program that can recruit all those great athletes in the state of Texas,” Collins said. “They don’t ever have to leave their state yet they are coming hard after me. It’s something I still can’t really believe. They are a very good academic school, and I think if I were to go there I would have a great chance to play.”

Tennessee and Florida are still hanging around but Collins has yet to schedule an official visit to either school. His plan is to make his decision during the Under Armour All-America game in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 5.