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Arkansas Commit Alex Collins Reportedly Will Delay Signing Letter of Intent

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJune 26, 2016

Arkansas football fans will have to hold their breath for a little bit longer. Coveted 4-star football recruit Alex Collins will reportedly delay his college signing, according to's Robert Turbeville on Thursday.


UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 5:05 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

The lawyers of Andrea McDonald, Alex Collins' mother, released a statement on Thursday, per Steve Gorten of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

Ms. McDonald understands that Alex has received consent from his father who has signed the letter-of-intent for him to play football for the University of Arkansas. She is a loving and caring mother who only wants her son to choose a university without any outside or inappropriate influences. Ms. McDonald hopes all NCAA rules and regulations were followed during today's signing. She is not seeking any personal financial gain because her only concern is for Alex's happiness and well being. The Cochran firm is standing by Ms. McDonald in this difficult time and has made all of the firm's resources available to her as she explores her options.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 7, 1:35 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

According to Razorbacks’ insider Robbie Neiswanger, 4-star football recruit Alex Collins and his father have signed the letter of intent to Arkansas, and the school is waiting official confirmation:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 1:04 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Steve Gorten (via Twitter), Alex Collins' father will sign his letter of intent to attend Arkansas: 

I was just told by a source close to RB Alex Collins that his dad will be signing his national letter of intent to #Arkansas

— Steve Gorten (@sgorten) February 7, 2013

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 12:48 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

According to a series of tweets by WPLG-TV (Miami) sports director Will Manso, Alex Collins' mother, Andrea McDonald, has hired an attorney to speak for the family:

Andrea McDonald, the mother of Alex Collins, has hired an attorney to "represent the family's interests" according to press release.

— Will Manso (@WillManso) February 7, 2013

The attorney for Alex Collins mom says, "This is a very tough decision and they are weighing their options very carefully."

— Will Manso (@WillManso) February 7, 2013

Attorney for the mom of Alex Collins also says hired in part, "in clearing up any false or inaccurate statements in the press.”

— Will Manso (@WillManso) February 7, 2013

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 12:18 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Steve Gorten (via Twitter), Alex Collins will officially sign with Arkansas on Thursday:

Just talked to South Plantation AD Mike Collins. Says RB Alex Collins will officially sign his LOI with #Arkansas at 1:30 pm today.

— Steve Gorten (@sgorten) February 7, 2013

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As Turbeville states, the signing details are still being negotiated at this time following Wednesday's unique roadblock.

It is believed that Collins will sign with the Razorbacks as originally planned, but until it becomes official, fans of Arkansas and Miami will have to hang tight with fingers crossed. The delay announcement comes roughly 24 hours after Collins' mother made national headlines. 

Andrea McDonald made major news on Wednesday's national signing day, reportedly refusing to accept her son's decision to attend Arkansas instead of Miami (FL), according to The Miami Herald's Susan Miller Degnan:

After Collins announced his decision on television Monday to attend the University of Arkansas, Andrea McDonald refused to go along with her son’s choice and bolted from his high school ceremony Wednesday morning without signing his National Letter of Intent.

The National Letter of Intent requires a signature from both the player and his parent or guardian. 

Collins, a 5'11", 205-pound running back out of Fort Lauderdale's South Plantation High School, committed to Arkansas on Monday, according to

The explosive athlete is among the top high school prospects set to enter college this year, and his decision is sure to have a major impact. In fact, according to's composite rankings, Collins is the fifth-best running back in the class of 2013, and the 10th-best recruit from the state of Florida this year. 

He is one of an elite group of incoming freshmen expected to make an early impact in college football.

Even without Collins signing, the Razorbacks still brought in the 22nd-ranked class on Wednesday, according to


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