SEFFNER – One of the most versatile running backs in the Tampa Bay area enters his third year as a starter at powerhouse Armwood. Rising senior Erin Collins is a lot to handle for defenses at 6’1″, 200 lbs.

The Hawks have made it to the 6A state title game in each of Collins’ three seasons at the school, but Miami Central has bested them each time. Last year, Armwood finished 14-1 before falling to Miami Central 48-13. Collins had a 90-yard rushing touchdown on the Hawks’ opening possession in that game.

“It was a surprise to me having nothing but green grass in front of me,” Collins told Prep Sports Scouting. “Just seeing the endzone I knew I was going to score. By the time I got to the 10-yard line I was tired.”

He pointed to simple mistakes which cost his team in all three state title games. Last year, Collins said that not being mentally ready and fumbling too much did them in.

Owning three state titles (2003, 2004, 2011) and two other state runner-up finishes (2005, 2010), Collins says he believes this will be year they win No. 4.

“We have a couple of people that came in like Devin Black who can help us win a state championship. Now everyone is in the right position.”

Black, a quarterback who transferred over from Lennard joins Collins and athletes Brian Snead and Darrin McNeal to give Armwood plenty of ammunition on offense.

As a junior, Collins combined for 1,130 yards (688 rushing, 442 receiving) and 12 touchdowns. His receiving touchdown total (5) ranked first on the team a year ago. He had seven total scores as a sophomore.

Starting his football life at age 5, Collins was a quarterback. Four years later, he made the move to running back and he hasn’t looked back.

He says he loves the position because he gets the ball on almost every play and gets the chance to score more often than not.

Despite spending most of his freshman year on the scout team, Collins says he gained confidence then

“I was making plays against the older guys so I knew if I could do it against them I could do it against anybody.”

He says his biggest strengths are his catching ability, power and overall speed. He’s aiming to improve even further on his speed. His last recorded 40-yard dash came in at 4.60 seconds last summer.

Currently, Collins has over 20 offers on his plate including North Carolina State, Indiana, South Carolina, Maryland and Iowa. Local programs Central Florida and South Florida are part of that list.

He visited NC State on Monday and will be there again on Tuesday. His next visit is planned in September to see Indiana.

Collins is fortunate to be coached by one of the brightest minds out there in head coach Sean Callahan enters his 27th season at Armwood and is looking for state title No. 4 as alluded to earlier in this story.

“It’s really good,” Collins said about Callahan. “Having a coach that’s always on you is great. He always has us ready on Friday nights.”

Collins’ biggest role model is his father.

“He’s a great role model. He takes care of his family and is someone I look up to you.”

As for his ultimate goal that is to make it to the NFL. He wants to own his own business one day.

Collins is a man of few words, but that’s quite alright because he lets his play do the talking. He’s a versatile and powerful back who has some of the best hands you’ll see.

Expect another stellar year for Erin Collins as he looks to help Armwood go out on top in his senior campaign. This kid has a bright future ahead at a big-time college program.

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Quick Hitters

Favorite players to watch – Dalvin Cook, Ezekiel Elliot, Matt Jones, Christian McCaffrey
Playlist before games – Kodak Black, Lil Herb
Favorite movie – The Purge
Favorite TV show – Wild ‘N Out
Fun fact about you that no one knows – “I know how to play the guitar. I’ve been doing it since eighth grade.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “E-Joe”

Game film: Collins’ Hudl tape

Jake Perper is the scout for Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to write below or email Jake at jake.perper@hotmail.com.

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