Mark Stoops’ fifth offseason coaching search appears to be nearing a conclusion.
Tasked to fill a void in the secondary left by Steve Clinkscale, Kentucky’s head coach initially zeroed in on former UK graduate assistant Jonathan Cooley. After another round of interviews, Georgia State safeties coach and recruiting coordinator Chris Collins has emerged as the frontrunner to join UK’s staff, Bruce Feldman reports for The Athletic. “Heard Collins was very impressive in the interview process,” he shared.
An assistant for the Panthers since 2017, Collins took on the role of recruiting coordinator in 2019 and in the following season signed a Georgia State class that had the highest average star rating in school history. Collins’ signees primarily come from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Since he arrived on campus, Georgia State is 2-1 in the postseason, most recently defeating Western Kentucky 39-21 in the LendingTree Bowl.
Collins made his Division I coaching debut in 2015 as a graduate assistant for Appalachian State. The following year he returned to his alma mater, Western Carolina, to coach linebackers, parlaying that to his current gig in Atlanta.
If the Wildcats finalize the move, the addition of Collins will not likely go public until Wednesday. Until then, hear how Collins typically operates on the sideline.