Alex Collins Decommits from Miami: Is Florida State Why 4-Star RB Dumped the U?

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIINovember 7, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Miami Hurricanes 2013 recruiting class has taken a huge hit with the decommitment of four-star running back Alex Collins.

Collins was the premier running back in Al Golden's class, but according to his statement via the staff on 247Sports, he has decided to decommit:

"I'm decommitting from Miami—only because I want to come to make a final decision as a neutral person," Collins stated in a text message. "I am still considering Miami reason behind decommitment is because when I started the recruiting process and was new to it and I made my decision to commit I never knew what else is out there so I decided to keep my options open and kept looking at other schools and that's not a real commitment if I'm still going about behind my commitment looking at other schools and it just makes me feel like I'm not true to myself or true to my commitment. I just would like to continue this process as neutral that's why i made this decision"

This is quite frankly a devastating loss for Miami, as its class now sits at just 10 commitments. At 5'11'', 204 pounds, down for running a 4.45 40-yard dash according to 247Sports, Collins was supposed to be a huge part of Miami's future, but now that doesn't seem very likely. The good news here is that he stated he's still considering the Hurricanes, but the report does state that both Florida State and Wisconsin have a good shot at Collins. 247Sports has all three programs listed as "warm interests" on top of his interest list.

Florida State has been thought of as threat to get Collins to flip up until now, and now that the four-star running back has actually decommitted, the question must be asked: How much did FSU play into this decision?

Frankly, I'll be the first to admit that I didn't see Collins leaving Miami, but now that he actually has, I believe we'd be naive not to look at FSU as the main reason why.

Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles are running a great program that appears to be one of the national powerhouses in college football, and they are certainly the main team in the ACC. Fisher has built FSU into a program that many feel can and will compete for a National Championship in the years to come, and at least for the moment, that's not something Golden and Miami can offer a recruit like Collins.

There's also the fact that the Seminoles are currently rushing for 234.6 yards per game, which is 14th best in the nation. They are also scoring 44.8 points per game and only giving up 12 a game. Those offensive numbers are very impressive, and the rushing yards per game will certainly be a useful talking point for FSU.

The Seminoles are the class of the ACC right now, and as it stands, they are the future of the conference as well.

Collins could go to FSU and still remain in-state, while playing for a nationally renowned team with huge aspirations. Wisconsin is also a great choice in that regard, but I believe the prospect of staying in the state of Florida will give the Seminoles the eventual edge over the Badgers.

With Florida State being so high on Collins' list, it's hard not to believe that they played a huge reason in the four-star running back decommitting from Miami.

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