Collins back where it all started

Collins back where it all started

As Ricky Collins walked up to the Kilgore practice facilities on Saturday morning, a feeling of familiarity rushed over the 2010 SMU signee.

As Ricky Collins walked up to the Kilgore practice facilities on Saturday morning, a feeling of familiarity rushed over the 2010 SMU signee.

It had been only one year prior Collins showed up to the SMU camp in Kilgore, a virtual unknown, and walked away with an offer.

It was the first time a satellite camp proved to be beneficial for the Mustangs. Collins maybe would have been spotted catching balls from SMU commitment Jeremy Johnson later in the season, but by then SMU would have had to fight off other schools. Instead, they offered on the spot, and wrapped up the junior's commitment in less than 24 hours.

"I definitely feel like my performance that day got me a scholarship at SMU," said Collins. "Coming to the Hilltop is a dream come true and the camp helped me get it."

Collins entered his senior season with no varsity experience, but didn't take long to adjust. He ended the year with 43 receptions for 1,059 yards and 13 touchdowns. His stats earned him a First-team All-State pick by EastTexSports.com.

Collins will room with high school teammate Jeremy Johnson this summer. There had been rumors of academics troubles, but the soon to be SMU freshman has ensured PonyStampede.com everything is in order and he is ready to step foot in Dallas.

"We are like best friends, so we know how it's going to be with each other," said Collins. "Until then, I really want to just keep getting faster and bigger, right now I'm up to 190 pounds. It would be great to gain about five more pounds. My main goal is to be a starter and nothing more."

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