Lorenzo Collins looks to carry Farmington Hills Harrison in 2013 |
Most would agree that Farmington Hills Harrison's 2011 varsity football team fell short of expectations that year, losing to Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice in the second round of the state playoffs. That Harrison squad came in nationally ranked and was loaded with Division 1 talent. The team's "Three Amigo's" - tight end Devin Funchess (Michigan), defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Michigan), and receiver Aaron Burbridge (Michigan State) - were the most heralded players in 2011, but sophomore running back Lorenzo Collins played a vital role as well.
Collins rushed for over 1,200 yards in 2011, and even had a 244-yard, five touchdown performance against Rochester Adams. He was projected as one of the top class of 2014 prospects in the state, but injuries over the years derailed those predictions. Still Collins is a bruising back at 6-0, 215-pounds, and doesn't go down on first contact. At his scrimmage versus Brother Rice on Thursday, Collins showed us what we might expect from him in 2013, running over would be defenders, and gaining chunks of yards.
Now fully healthy, Collins is ready to claim his spot as one of the best backs in the state and lead Farmington Hills Harrison back to the state playoffs, perhaps on both sides of the field.
"First of all I just want to stay healthy for my whole senior season," Collins said. "I want to help my team a lot in the running game, and coach has me playing a little bit of slot as well. I'm also starting at middle linebacker this year too."
The Hawks will rely heavily on Collins for production if they want to make some noise this year. Their OAA White Division is loaded with teams looking to make a state title run in the playoffs, including Southfield, Farmington, Rochester Adams and Oak Park. Harrison is no stranger to success on the field, having won 13 state titles under Head Coach John Herrington, who is entering his 43rd year at the program. Collins says he hopes his team has a better season than last year's 6-4 record, and wants to add another state title to their repertoire.
"I just want my team to go far this year",he said. "Playing at Harrison is a dream, and I love being apart of their tradition because it's based off of family.They do everything as a team, and if they like you, or you're trying (hard), they'll put you in a position to succeed," Collins said about the team's coaching staff.
Entering his senior year, Collins has no scholarship offers at the time, but is optimistic about receiving one in the near future. He believes he has the talent to compete with the best, but knows he has to stay healthy, and continue to work hard.
"I'm not really sure why I haven't been offered, but it's probably because I'm not really out there a lot", Collins said. "I had a big sophomore year, then my junior year was terrible because I was injured, so that's probably why, but I believe (an offer) will come during the middle of my senior season. I have been taking ice baths, stretching, doing yoga, and going to chiropractors to help deal with my injuries better. I've been going through a lot."
Collins says Michigan State, Nebraska, and Toledo have continued to show interest in him despite his injuries, and list those three as his favorite schools. The recruitment process may have been slow for Collins, but with a healthy, and productive senior campaign, look for him to reestablish himself as one of the state's best. He'll also be sporting a new number on the field, switching from No.20, to No.3. So hopefully three is the charm for this talented young player.Tweet