Arkansas Razorbacks: Alex Collins inks letter of intent; mother hires lawyer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Finally.  Alex Collins has signed to play football at the University of Arkansas.

The five-star running back from Plantation High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida signed his letter of intent Thursday.  His father signed it, making it legal.  Collins signed the papers wearing a camouflage suit and tie.

"He made it clear to us that he truly wanted to be a Razorback, which is what we want from everyone we sign," said Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema.  "Our goal was to add two running-backs in this class to help us with numbers at the position, and Alex was a priority for his on-field impact and the preson he is off the field."


Collins' week has been a wild one.  He announced Monday he would sign with Arkansas on National Signing Day Wednesday.  However, his mother reportedly disappeared with his letter of intent before the signing at the high school.  Collins told Miami CBS 4 Television his mother wanted him to think about the decision for an extra day.  He said she's fine with his decision.

Alex's mother is not staying quiet.  The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Thursday, Andrea McDonald hired an attorney with the Johnie Cochran firm to represent the family. 

"Alex’s family has been overwhelmed with media inquiries regarding their impending decision," said attorney Jack Paris.  "They want to make a clean choice that is free of any outside influences. This is a very tough decision and they are weighing their options very carefully. In the meantime, they have requested The Cochran Firm’s assistance in clearing up any false or inaccurate statements in the press."

McDonald did not appear at his signing Thursday.

Collins chose Arkansas over Miami and Florida State.  Recruiting analysts rank him as one of the country's best running-backs.

"Alex is a great addition to this class," said Bielema.  "He is an upstanding young man who has impressed us throughout our time getting to know him, and he focused on making a decision that was the best for him athletically, academically and socially."

Arkansas opens the season August 31 against Louisiana-Lafayette in Fayetteville.


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