Michigan landed ESPN 300 wide receiver Nico Collins on Wednesday, beating out Alabama and Georgia. Collins is the No. 150-ranked prospect overall and is the third ESPN 300 receiver commit for Michigan in the 2017 class.
The Wolverines have ESPN 300 receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black and four-star receiver Oliver Martin to go along with Collins. While Collins is now in the fold for Michigan, the Wolverines at one point weren’t even a consideration for the four-star receiver.
“Michigan, when they first offered me I was just like, 'OK, I appreciate it,” Collins said. “I hadn’t heard much about them, so wasn’t really considering them. But then I visited and it changed my whole mind about them."
The staff had a big need at receiver, as last season's top two receivers -- Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh -- graduated. The Wolverines are also losing tight end Jake Butt, who was a big part of the passing game.
Collins isn’t just a win on the field, though, as Michigan went into Alabama and landed a top prospect that the likes of Georgia and Alabama were after. Georgia and Michigan have battled quite a few times in the 2017 class, and Michigan came out on top for Collins.