Could Collins delay decision?

Landon Collins is down to LSU and Alabama

Landon Collins is currently set to announce his decision on Jan. 5 in Orlando, but that decision could be put off if he's not ready.

Landon Collins is closing in on the biggest decision of his life.

On Nov. 5, he traveled to Tuscaloosa on an official visit – the same weekend LSU and Alabama squared off in what has turned out to be round one of a two-part battle for the 2011 national championship.

Now, down to the Tigers and Crimson Tide for his college choice, the New Orleans native and Dutchtown star traveled to Baton Rouge on Dec. 16 for his official visit to LSU, which effectively ended the traveling portion of his recruitment process.

"It was a lot of fun," Collins said. "I had some old teammates (Deion Jones and Dwayne Thomas) there and it was a good time.

"I have been to LSU a lot throughout my recruitment, but this time around I looked more at the academic side. I did a lot of hanging with the players, but I also took a closer look at what LSU offers outside of just football."

Collins, who plans to major in mass communication with a focus on broadcast, got a closer look at the Manship School of Journalism.

"I went on a tour and looked at the academic stuff, then I did my own tour for the broadcast stuff," he said. "They have green rooms and the whole setup. I found out some new stuff, and it had me excited. It was really nice."

The day after Collins left campus was the start of the recruiting dead period, which runs through Tuesday.

Two days later, the nation's No. 2 safety prospect is set to announce his decision in front of a live television audience at the Under Armour All-American Game.

At least that's the plan for now.

For a five-star prospect that remains undecided between the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 teams, the back-and-forth in Collins' mind could push the decision beyond the All-American game.

"My parents told me that if I am not ready then I don't have to announce at the game," Collins said. "I am glad to know that. I might not decide. I really haven't decided on that yet.

"My parents really stay on top of the coaches about what I am going into, especially with the academic situation. They are very helpful with things. I will see what happens when it gets closer."

Given that Collins is contemplating a delay in his pledge, it's safe to say that the decision is weighing heavy on the mind of Louisiana's top prospect – so much so that he can't shake the thought.

"I honestly think about my decision constantly," he said. "I sit around and think about all the little things. I want to make sure I make the right decision, and I have to be sure that I am comfortable going into what that school has going.

"Lately everything has felt the same. I guess I don't even feel pressure about it anymore. I have a circle of people around me that are supportive."

While the dead period means coaches can't contact recruits, that hasn't kept Collins from dialing up staff members from LSU and Alabama.

"I am calling the coaches all the time," he said. "I talked to coach Frank Wilson on Wednesday and coach Burton Burns (Thursday).

"After all of the conversations we have had in my recruitment, it's easy going now. We talk about how football is going and what they have planned for me.

"I have gotten very close to Frank. It's going to be like family if I go to LSU. It won't be different than leaving home and the people at Dutchtown."

If Collins does decide to reveal his decision on Jan. 5, how will he handle the time between his announcement and signing day in February?

"I have thought about that, and it's going to be tough," he said. "The coaches are going to be recruiting me harder than ever. I don't even know how to handle that.

"I am trying to reach out to other guys who have been there before. I just have to tell one college that I want to be at the other place."

At the end of the day, Collins, who is being courted by two of the best coaches in college football, said the decision is one he can't go wrong with – which is the reason he remains undecided.

"Both teams have everything I want," he said.

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