For Jac Collinsworth the recruiting process is just beginning. With his well known father looking on, Jac spent Friday catching passes during the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp. How did the day go?
“It was a good time and just good to get out here and work with some guys as we all have the same goals. We were all having fun and working hard and it was good getting to know some of the guys.”
While many may think about Jac following in his father’s footsteps, it’s the shadow left by his brother to be part of championship teams that drives him.
Fort Thomas (KY) Highlands High School has won four consecutive state championships and 20 official Kentucky state football championships entering this fall. Brother Austin was part of three of them. Jac has a chance to win four if the Blue Birds can continue their streak over the next two seasons.
“The goal is to go undefeated and do it big. We’re not going to be happy with anything else but a championship.”
As for the next phase of the recruiting process, Jac already has a plan laid out.
“I just want to put up the numbers and get to camps and let coaches see me and have fun with it all the way through it. I also want to win a few state championships along the way.”
Prior to speaking with Jac, Irish Eyes spoke with former NFL wide receiver and father of Austin and Jac, Cris Collinsworth about the next football playing Collinsworth.
Cris said without hesitation he felt Jac is faster than his older brother. When proposed the question, younger brother did not shy away.
“Austin would love to debate this with you, but I would say we’re pretty close. However, I might have him by a step or two.”
At 6-foot-3, 180-pounds, Jac is built more like his father who was known for his speed. Has Jac been timed in the forty?
“I have not ran a forty yet, so I’m really not sure what I run. I know Austin just ran a 4.5 up at Notre Dame, so I would say he is faster the first ten yards, but I’ve got him the rest of the way.”
Jac makes it no secret he would love to team up with his brother one more time.
“I would like to play with him if I could. We would only have one year, but I like Notre Dame.”
While the Irish are at the top of his early wish list, Jac also has some family pulls to other programs as well.
“My sister goes to Florida so I like them and there are family ties to Kentucky.”
Irish Eyes will continue to follow the development of Jac Collinsworth the next couple of years to see if Notre Dame becomes more than a school of interest.
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