Michigan State leads for sophomore back

Running back Lorenzo Collins (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison) won’t sign his letter of intent until Feb. 2014, but he is already starting to lean toward one program in particular.

Collins is a fan of Michigan State, which signed his Harrison teammate Aaron Burbridge this past February. His cousin Anthony Woods also signed with the Spartans several years ago.

Collins has visited Michigan State twice, the most recent coming for the Spartans’ annual rivalry game against Michigan. What impressed him most is a little surprising.

“I was really looking at the uniforms,” Collins said laughing, noting the gold helmets the Spartans wore.

Collins also liked what he saw from Spartans running back Edwin Baker, who played with Collins during the Pop Warner days.

“I like the running scheme that they do,” he said. “… Basically I’m more like a power running back but I can also move around, and that’s what they basically did, more of a strength game.”

Penn State ranks second on the 6-foot, 210-pound sophomore’s leaderboard. Collins jokes his family, especially his uncle, are giving him some grief for not having Michigan at the top. Collins’ uncle was slated to play at Michigan before an injury caused him to enroll at Eastern Michigan. The Wolverines are showing preliminary interest, though.

Georgia Tech, Iowa and Notre Dame are also showing early interest. He holds no offers.

Collins rushed for 1,000 yards and recorded 14 touchdowns in 2011.