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Collins competes at Top Gun Camp

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

Marion County High School senior Vincent Collins was recently invited to attend a Top Gun football camp in Williamsburg, Va. From July 19-21, Collins competed along with nearly 700 other athletes from around the country who were all competing to earn a roster spot in the Army All-American Bowl.
Collins attended a football camp in Kentucky and he began to be noticed, he said.
"I went to a camp in Lexington and the coaches were impressed," he said. "The coaches asked me if I would like to go to the Top Gun camp. They said there were a lot of top recruits going, and that I could play with them."
According to Collins, the Top Gun camps are for only the top 10 percent of the football athletes from around the nation.
"The experience was great," he said. "It felt like a dream come true. I learned some new things and made new friends. It felt great knowing I had support from the community, coaching staff and my family."
This upcoming season will be Collins' last as a member of the Knights. As of now, Collins said he hasn't received any offers from potential colleges.
"My goals for the upcoming season are for me and my teammates to give it all we have every game and to make a deep playoff push," Collins said.
Collins noted that he wasn't sure how close he came to making it to the Army All-American Bowl, but he did say that the coaches at the camp told him he had a good camp. Marion County High School Head Coach Jeff Robbins said that Collins narrowly missed the cut at the Top Gun camp. Robbins said Collins plays wide receiver and outside linebacker for the Knights, but attended these camps solely as a wide receiver.
"He has a great work ethic, is very coachable, and wants to excel," Robbins said. "He's a good student and person, as well."