Today the Pittsburgh Steelers signed former small school standout Jasper Collins of Mount Union to a futures contract. I spoke with Jasper who was very excited about the opportunity.
Collins attended Mount Union from 2009-2012. During his tenure, he played with former purple raiders wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, and played for the same school as Pierre Garcon. As a freshman, he played in 11 games and had seven catches for 81 yards, and had two punt returns 105 yards including an 89-yard return for a touchdown against Marietta, which is the longest punt return touchdown in Mount Union history. The following season, he played in 15 games and has 66 catches for 908 yards and two touchdowns and was a conference honorable mention. As a junior, he played in 11 games and led team with 67 catches for 844 yards with 13 touchdowns, and had four 100-yard receiving games and earned first team all-conference accolades. In his last season, he played in 15 games and led the Ohio Athletic Conference in yards per game (112.9), receptions (92), receiving yards (1,694) and receiving touchdowns (22). And was once again earned first team all-conference honors.