Staying close to home has its advantages.
Your family and friends having the opportunity to watching you play and the availability of going home if needed.
Those thoughts ran through one area athlete's mind this week. Keller's Bryan Collins already had six offers, but when he received his seventh the standout offensive lineman was very excited.
"I was really happy to get an offer from SMU," Collins told PonyStampede.com Tuesday evening. "It's the school that I was hoping would offer. It's close to home, that's very important to me."
Collins and his parents sat down and talked about a possible pledge, but it was their advice that kept him from pulling the trigger.
"They don't want me to rush it," Collins said. "They want me to wait and see what else happens before I make my final decision."
When will Collins make his final decision?
"Probably before the season starts," Collins said. "I'm not sure yet, but it could happen after the season starts."
Collins has been to the SMU on two separate occasions and will take his third trip to the Hilltop this weekend for Saturday's senior camp.
"I love it there," Collins said. "The campus is incredible. I met the offensive line coach, he really impressed me. They are such a cool staff. I feel confident that Coach Jones is going to turn the SMU program around."
Collins looks forward to getting coached by the Mustang coaching staff.
"It will give me the opportunity to see how it is to be coached by them," Collins said. "I look forward to begin building relationships with those coaches. They may end up being my coaches."
Collins is also hoping to learn a lot from the Mustang coaching staff.
"I want to apply what I learn so I can have a better senior season at my school," Collins said. "I'm excited about going to camp there this weekend."
Collins has already scored a 1450 on the SAT and has a 94.5 G.P.A.