From death threats to decommitments, the 2013 college football recruiting class has been on a roller coaster of emotions and crazy stories.
However, none beats the one out of Florida during Wednesday's national signing day. The mother of 5-star running back Alex Collins reportedly confiscated his letter of intent before he could sign and fax the paperwork to Arkansas and new head coach Bret Bielema.
After some of the crazy stories from this year's class, should we expect anything less?
According to this report by ESPN, Collins' mother—Andrea McDonald—came to his high school in South Plantation and took the paperwork away before the RB could make it official that he would join the Razorbacks in 2013.
There's been several different reports as to why Collins' mother got involved, differing from McDonald not wanting her son to leave home (via ESPN) and the family of the star recruit really wanting him to sign with the Miami Hurricanes, his school of choice before verbally committing to the Hogs on FOX Sports on Monday night.
The Miami Herald had the second half of that theory, as noted with this excerpt from a piece by Susan Miller Degnan:
"She’s having anxiety," Johnny (Collins' brother) said of McDonald. "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."
It looks as if Collins—the No. 1 RB recruit at 247Sports—will take a few more days (if not weeks) to decide where he wants to play football next fall, but after the way this story has unfolded, that's likely the best scenario for all parties involved.
Collins' story is easily the wildest of the Wednesday flurry that is national signing day, but his is not the only one that turned heads and raised eyebrows when it comes to breaking the norm.
Chris Jones, a big-time recruit from the state of Mississippi who signed with the State Bulldogs on Wednesday, received death threats on Monday about his choice (h/t Yahoo! Sports). Jones was deciding between Mississippi State and Ole Miss, and fans from both schools weren't shy about letting him know just how important his selection would be.
No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche and and Ricky Seals-Jones also received death threats upon their decommitment from their original schools (h/t Chantel Jennings of ESPN) as did David Dawson, the one-time Michigan commit:
In October, when Dawson and Michigan parted ways, he was still readjusting to life in Michigan again after moving to Houston for a year, and his father had just been killed in a roadside accident. But none of that seemed to matter to Wolverines supporters. Fans sent him Twitter and Facebook messages telling him they hoped he broke his leg or that he was a "piece of s---."
Those kinds of stories have rocked the 2013 recruiting class, but the on-the-paper product, so to speak, has rocked the headlines too—starting with the huge signings made by Ole Miss on Wednesday.
The Rebels picked up the No. 1, No. 5, No. 19 and No. 24 prospects (according to ESPN's 300) and had one of the best days in program history despite finishing just 7-6 in 2012 and only fifth in the SEC West.
Elsewhere, Oregon continued to steal recruits from USC as it poached Torrodney Prevot away from the Trojans, while Vonn Bell made a big splash in the morning when he chose the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Death threats, flip-flops and wild stories have categorized this 2013 NSD. Plenty of collegiate athletes remained unsigned, so there's a good chance some of these tales will continue over the next few weeks, and on into next year's recruiting cycle.
With social media, self-proclaimed "swag" and recruitment pitches all taking center stage for these new-wave generations of high school athletes, who knows what direction the 2014 class will take.
If it's half as good as this year, there will be plenty to write about.
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