Last night, BC High wide receiver Lincoln Collins committed to Villanova University, two weeks after making an unofficial visit to the campus. Collins' commitment came just six days after one of his teammates, offensive lineman Jack McDonald, made a pledge to the University of Virginia.
Collins spoke to ESPNBoston.com tonight for a few comments on his commitment:
Deciding factors: "Academics definitely. I wish I could play football forever, but obviously it's going to end at some point, and I think Villanova academically can set me up for life after football. Then when I went to camp down there, there was a lot of construction going on, making the campus look good. It felt right.
"I felt the camp was well-organized. Coach [Brian] Flinn the wide receivers coach, I got to work with him. I like the way the coaches and [recruiting coordinator] Tony Trisciani recruited me. [Andy] Talley, the head coach, I don't have a personal relationship with him yet, but I like that he's been there for 20 years. It shows loyalty to the school."
The plan for him at 'Nova: "We've talked a little bit about it. They're looking for me to play right away, and not redshirt, they want me to get done in four years. I know they run a spread offense. I'm definitely looking forward to that, coming from a pro style [at BC High], seeing more passes. I'll try to help out in any way I can."
On the spectre of 'Nova possibly joining the Big East for football in the future: "My recruiting coordinator, Coach Tisciani, said it's a possibility but he wouldn't guarantee they would be going. They're not selling that, but there's definitely a possibility. The blogs are all talking about it, and stuff like that."
On the amount of early commitments by BC High: "It just shows how strong we are as a program, as a team, and as friends. We’re all working hard. We all want something that's hard to get and make sure we get there. There will definitely be more commitments at a high level, but it just shows that BC High turns out quality football players, and the coaches take care of us. Overall, the school gets us to where we want to be."