As he matured into a record-breaking quarterback, New Canaan football coach Lou Marinelli said that Michael Collins also became the sport’s version of a gym rat.
“Between classes he would always come down with the assistant coaches, or if I was around, and want to talk football,” Marinelli said.
The progression also spurred Collins, who graduated in 2015, to challenge himself to reach the pinnacle of his ability. Collins chose to play at Penn, but after last season, despite having a good chance to become the starter, decided he was going to transfer.
Collins yesterday selected TCU from among a number of offers. He will join his former left tackle at New Canaan, Lucas Niang.
“It just felt like the school I was most comfortable with the academics, athletics and socially,” Collins said. “I spent about a week there, not just 24 hours, and I had a good relationship with the coaches and feel there are good opportunities off the field.”
Collins led New Canaan to state titles in 2014-15. As a senior, he set the state record for touchdown passes in a season with 54 and tied the mark for most in a game with nine against Trumbull.
The 6-5 Collins got into three games at Penn last year, completing both of his passes. Collins had offers from a number of schools, and ultimately picked TCU over Iowa, Nebraska and Pittsburgh. Collins said he visited TCU in January and again during spring football.
“I just didn’t want to look back and say ‘what if’ about playing at the FBS level,” said Collins, referring to major Division I schools.
Collins said he will leave to join TCU next weekend.
Marinelli was part of the team that helped guide Collins through the transfer process.
“Most kids would give almost anything to go to Penn and The Wharton School and have the inside track on a starting job and playing 30 games, but he always felt he has the ability to play at the highest level,” Marinelli said.