Class of 2023 Jadin Collins of Rutgers Prep announced his commitment to Marist College last week on social media.
According to Collins, choosing Marist was easy because it was clear that they prioritized him in their recruiting process. Collins received offers from the likes of Drexel, Hofstra, Rider and others, but didn’t feel the same consistency in their efforts.
Marist did the best job easily when recruiting me. Not only were they one of the first schools to show interest, but consistently showed interest in me and never stopped, unlike other schools.
Some programs offered Collins over the phone or during a visit, and he didn’t hear from them again. Others were spotty and some he felt were just too late to the process.
I committed to Marist because not only did they show a lot of interest with me but they kept me in the loop constantly, and consistently showed me that they wanted me. They also showed heavy interest in me not only as a basketball player but also my life at home, and I think that’s very important.
After spending his first two seasons at Roselle Catholic mostly under the radar, Collins transferred to Rutgers Prep and exploded onto the scene in his first full season as a starter.
The 6’1 guard recorded over 500 points, 100 rebounds, 100 assists, and 100 steals in his junior season. He averaged 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Rutgers Prep head coach Matt Bloom via text:
“There’s nothing that Jadin can’t do on the basketball court. I’ve known Jadin since his 7th grade year, and he’s grown into a leader and a winner who makes everyone around him better. He’s an even better person, and he is loved and respected by everyone in the Rutgers Prep community.”
Collins was selected First Team All-Skyland Conference and was named Third Team All-State after averaging 23 points and eight rebounds in the state tournament, which included two 30-point games. Collins led Rutgers Prep to its first sectional state championship in school history with a 26-4 record.
“Marist has a similar feel to it,” Bloom said via text, “It’s a smaller school with a tight-knit community, and the coaching staff absolutely loves Jadin. He’s going to have an opportunity to play and to continue to develop his all-around game.”