Gary Andersen's Impact on Recruiting Starts With Landing RB Alex Collins

By Taylor Johnson
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

What is the one constant that the Wisconsin Badgers have been known for in their storied history? If you guessed a solid running game with a great running back then you are correct.

Backs such as Michael Bennett, Anthony Davis, Brian Calhoun, P.J. Hill and greats such as Alan Ameche, Ron Dayne and Montee Ball were superb players while at Wisconsin. Everyone knows that the Badgers are one of the best at running the football.

If newly hired head coach Gary Andersen wants to make an instant impact not only in the recruiting world but in the Big Ten and around the nation, he should work his recruiting magic and land South Plantation running back Alex Collins to the Badgers 2013 recruiting class.

Collins is a fantastic player and in my opinion is the best running back that has yet to commit and quite possibly one of the best in the class. Although he missed some time due to injury, Collins still rushed for 14 touchdowns and over 1,200 yards. He has great vision and makes some great cuts to elude defenders. Collins also has great hands catching the ball out of the backfield which can be tough to find on someone as talented as himself. ESPN and Rivals both have Collins as a four-star running back, while 247Sports lists him as a five-star player.

Not only has Collins stated how much he enjoys the Badgers and coaching staff, but on his official visit back in October he talked about how much he loves the city of Madison and the campus.

This is the player that Andersen will need to get to make an immediate impact. Yes the Badgers already stand on solid ground with running back Corey Clement, who is pretty good as well, but Collins is the guy. At this moment, Collins has four other teams besides the Badgers that he is considering, the Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, Miami Hurricanes and Arkansas RazorbacksThere has been plenty of speculation and rumors as to which school is Collins’ favorite as every single one has been named his top choice at sometime (the Hurricanes had a commitment from Collins early in 2012, but lost it in November).

Andersen did a wonderful job recruiting at Utah State. He not only turned that program around, but took in players that no one in the country really wanted and turned them into winners. When asked about how well Andersen does at recruiting, everyone comes back with how great he is at getting the recruits he wants. Well now is the time for Andersen to prove it.

It’s crunch time as National Signing Day is just over a month away. Andersen needs to make an early statement and what better way than to land Collins and put him in the list as one of the all-time great running backs in Badgers history.



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