Nico Collins remains one of the most sought-after wide receiver recruits in the 2017 class, and he took a surprise SEC visit this weekend.
The nation’s No. 14 wide receiver from Clay-Chalkville High School (Pinson, Ala.) was reportedly in Baton Rouge, La., visiting with the Tigers, according to NOLA.com’s Amos Morale III, who cited sources. The news follows the 4-star’s official visit to LSU on Dec. 2.
“I went up and hung out with the players — Travin (Dural) and D.J. (Chark), all the receivers there, just hanging out with them,” Collins said of his December visit. “The atmosphere there — it was just different. I walked through the stadium and I could see how it is on game day. I was watching clips and videos, and I could see it. You get chills watching a little bit. I enjoyed hanging out with Coach O (Ed Orgeron), Coach (Dameyune) Craig and the other coaches. I put them at the top and I’m keeping my options open with them.”
Up until this point, it’s been considered a race between Michigan, Georgia and Alabama for the nation’s No. 104 overall prospect. It appears the Tigers may be squarely in the mix a few weeks before National Signing Day.
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According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Michigan is the team to beat for Collins with 55 percent of recruiting analysts pegging the state of Alabama’s No. 3 prospect to Ann Arbor.
Georgia is given 29 percent odds, while the Crimson Tide hold a 16 percent chance at landing the 6-foot-5, 195-pound receiver. The Bulldogs will get Collins’ final official visit.
LSU currently holds commitments from two wide receivers this year in 4-stars Mannie Netherly and Stephen Guidry. The Tigers brought in three receivers in last year’s class, including 4-star recruits Dee Anderson, Drake Davis and Stephen Sullivan.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.