Landon Collins presented Under Armour jersey

Landon Collins

Dutchtown star is one of two Louisiana players selected to January's Under Armour All-American Game. On Thursday, he was presented his honorary game jersey.

LSU is expected to be well-represented in January's Under Armour All-American game, sending as many as four commitments to Orlando: Ely (Fla.) wide receiver Avery Johnson, West St. John (La.) linebacker Ronnie Feist and Buford (Ga.) teammates Vadal Alexander and Reid Ferguson.

Landon Collins, Louisiana's highest rated prospect in the class of 2012, will announce his college decision at the game on Jan. 5 – where he will choose between the Tigers and Alabama.

On Thursday, Collins was able to put recruiting on hold for a day and enjoy the fruits of his labor.

In front of a packed cafeteria of faculty and his peers at Dutchtown High, Collins was presented with an Under Armour honorary game jersey.

He was one of two Louisiana prospects selected, and the second Griffins' defensive back in three years to make one of the major high school bowl games.

In 2010, Eric Reid was invited to both the Under Armour and U.S. Army All-American games, and decided on the U.S. Army event in San Antonio.

"This was just a big honor for me, and I've got to thank the people around me, all my family, coaches and teammates," Collins said. "It feels great to get invited to be down there for this game."

Reid, who made the drive over from Baton Rouge to be in attendance for the presentation, paved the way for Collins, who has a legitimate chance to become the second Dutchtown defensive back in the past three signing classes to see action as a freshman in the SEC.

"Landon's the real deal, so I would hate to have to pick one of them over the other," Dutchtown coach Benny Saia said. "Both are great football players, and even better, they are great people. And the thing that stands out is there work ethic. They are never in trouble in school and you never have to worry about them missing a practice or a workout.

"I went 25 years without a Division I signee, and in the last four years we have had four of them. You want to see good people have good things happen to them, and that's what it's about. Eric and Landon and (Eddie Lacey) were all good people."

April Justin, Collins' mother, said her son's five-star status and high-profile recruitment comes as no surprise.

"He's been going non-stop since he was (5 years old), ever since his dad put a ball in his hands," Justin said. "And even with all the attention, he doesn't let it get to him.

"He's a very structured guy. He has been like that since he was a kid. He's always been laidback, so it's not surprising."

While Reid, whose parents went to LSU, committed to the Tigers early and avoided the stress of the process, Collins has gone the opposite route – waiting until after his season ended to take all but one of his official visits.

Saia figured the rigors of balancing it all would get to Collins, but after a 10-0 regular season when the senior standout went both ways for the Griffins, there was no evidence of misdirected focus.

"I thought it would (get to him), but he has handled it really well," Saia said. "Maybe it will get a little tighter now."

Collins will take an official visit to LSU on Nov. 24 and Texas on Dec. 9. He visited Alabama for its game against the Tigers on Nov. 5.

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