Marcus Collins

Marcus Collins
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In the world of recruiting, Marcus Collins is the type of player FCS schools covet and by that I mean the caliber of prospect that has FBS options, but chooses an FCS school after all is said and done. Collins, from La Follette High School in Madison, Wis., said today he originally committed to Pittsburgh in July, but started to have second thoughts as time went on.


“Everybody has to find the best place for themselves,” he said. “I just wanted to play football at the next level and it doesn’t matter if it’s FBS, FCS, D2 or D3. It doesn’t matter; whatever is the best decision for you. I decided by being with an FCS, being with a powerhouse, that NDSU was the best situation for me.”

He becomes the fourth known Bison recruit in recent years from Wisconsin who decided against FBS opportunities joining Justin Juckem (Washington State, Boston College), Nathan Tanguay (Army) and Nick Jacobsen (Pitt). Juckem finished his career last year and Jacobsen and Tanguay are redshirting this season.

The 6-4, 205-pound Collins said NDSU is looking at him as a pass-catching tight end. His coach, Mike Harris, said Collins also has potential as a defensive lineman. The kid is an athlete; he was a quarterback as a high school freshman and a receiver the following year. His father is a defensive line coach on the La Follette staff. “He grew up in a coach’s office,” Harris said.

He said he also had offers from Air Force, Army, Toledo, Drake, Butler and Illinois State.

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