UVA Making Benedictine OLB/DE Chris Collins A Priority

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Benedictine (Richmond, VA) standout Chris Collins has become one of the most coveted defensive recruits in the Commonwealth in the class of 2018. Since Georgia offered a scholarship last November, Virginia, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Michigan State, Duke, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Marshall and Maryland have offered the 6’5”, 215-pound junior.

Collins plans to visit most, if not all, of the schools that offer. He’s off to a good start in that regard, having experienced Georgia, Virginia (twice), Pitt, Virginia Tech, Duke, and North Carolina so far. A trip to Boston College is forthcoming. As are return visits to Virginia Tech and UVA.

Collins, who wants to make his commitment before the start of his senior season, discussed the factors important to him in finding the right college fit.

“One is player development,” Collins said. “I want to keep progressing. Everyone wants to make it to the next level, so I want to make sure I develop as a player. Second is academics. Football doesn’t last long. Third is the ability to win. My parents know how competitive I am.”

UVA has offered Collins as an outside linebacker/rush end, a role the talented prospect feels would utilize his plus athletic ability. Coach Bronco Mendenhall extended the scholarship opportunity last December and has been hot on the Benedictine junior’s trail ever since. Collins has attended a Junior Day event as well as a basketball game in Charlottesville within the past several months.

Collins discussed UVA as a possible fit in light of the criteria he laid out.

“I love the coaching staff there,” Collins said of UVA. “They are all really genuine in the recruiting process. They really want me there and I really felt that. I feel like the program is going in an upper spiral given the success (Mendenhall and staff) had at BYU.”

Under the direction of head coach Greg Lilly, Benedictine has become a prep power in the Richmond area. The Cadets have had numerous prospects move on to the major college level in recent years, with Clemson, Duke,