Dec 5, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks athletic director Jeff Long looks on as newly named head football coach Bret Bielema puts on a hat during a press conference to announce his hiring at the University of Arkansas. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Collins Expected to Sign With Arkansas on Thursday

One of the wildest stories in college football on National Signing Day could be coming to a conclusion on Thursday.

Prized running back recruit Alex Collins made headlines on Wednesday when he was forced to cancel his press conference just before he was scheduled to mail in his National Letter of Intent and announce that he would be committing to the University of Arkansas. Unfortunately for Collins and Arkansas, his mother, Andrea McDonald, confiscated his letter of intent and left with it in hand.

That left Collins without a way to send in his official commitment to the school.

While it was a wild ride for one of the top running back recruits in the nation, Collins said that everything will be fine and he will sign with the Razorbacks on Thursday.

“Yes sir, I’m staying with Arkansas, I’m just waiting,” Collins said, per NBC 6 South Florida.”It’s been stressful but I feel a lot of relief. After I made my decision I feel like everything will get easier. Now I just have to sign that paper.”

Collins mother took the National Letter of Intent because she did not want to see her son leaving South Florida. He had offers from Miami and Florida State among others.

“She’s having anxiety,” Collins’ older brother Johnny told the Miami Herald Wednesday afternoon. “I know she preferred him to go to UM. Alex had said he was going to the U, and then all of a sudden he changes his mind. We found out he was going to Arkansas on TV. I would prefer him to go to Miami, too, because it would be a better program for him, a better environment. He could get home faster and it’s more convenient if Mom wants to go to a game – instead of having to fly to Arkansas.”

When it is all said and done, it looks like the Razorbacks will get the running back recruit that they have coveted and Collins will be able to put this embarrassing mess behind him.

If Collins can go on to have a successful college career, the signing day fiasco will be a thing of the past.

We wish the young man well and hope that his college career goes smoother than his National Signing Day announcement that never took place.

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