NC State’s been having a lot of success recruiting in Florida during this cycle, and that continued Friday. Erin Collins, a running back from Armwood High School in Seffner, FL, announced his commitment to the Wolfpack on Twitter.
Collins visited Raleigh earlier this month and had State in his top five prior to making his announcement. He is a consensus three-star prospect, per the 247Sports composite rankings, who also holds offers from Minnesota, UCF, and Indiana.
Collins, a three-star prospect who's now closing in on a chiseled 200 pounds, is a smooth athlete that shows nice burst and vision when operating between the tackles. Collins can continue to work on keeping his pad level down, but possesses nimble feet and can make cuts at full speed. He has a reputation for stretching the field and being that home-run hitter in the offensive backfield.
As he heads into his senior season, he’s been ranked as the No. 27 prep player in the Tampa area by the Tampa Bay Times. Collins piled up 688 rushing yards on only 81 carries (8.5 yds/carry) as a junior to go with 422 yards on 17 receptions (24.8 yds/catch). Those are some pretty impressive per-touch averages, to put it mildly.
Collins is the first running back commitment in NC State’s 2017 class, and I’d imagine there won’t be any other additions at that position. NC State has 14 verbals for 2017, half of them from Florida.