Posted February 07, 2013

Alex Collins wants to play for Arkansas; his mom apparently does not concur

Arkansas Razorbacks, National Signing Day, Recruiting
Four-star Alex Collins verbally committed to Arkansas, but has yet to sign his Letter of Intent. (Landov)

Four-star running back Alex Collins verbally committed to Arkansas, but has yet to submit his Letter of Intent. (Landov)

By Mallory Rubin

Update: CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd reported Thursday morning that Collins is ready to sign with Arkansas.

Alex Collins, a four-star running back from South Plantation, Fla., has gotten caught up in some classic Signing Day Mama Drama.

Collins went on television Monday night to verbally commit to Arkansas, and while Hogs’ coach Bret Bielema was presumably thrilled to land the blue-chip rusher, it appears that not everyone was pleased with the development. Midday Wednesday, reports surfaced stating that Collins had canceled his afternoon high school ceremony because he needed more time to think. Then, things got really interesting. It turns out Collins’ mother wants her son to stay closer to their Florida home, reportedly preferring the Miami Hurricanes to the Razorbacks. How adamant is she? Well…

That’s right: According to ESPN’s Corey Long, Collins’ mother snatched her son’s National Letter of Intent and fled before Collins could send his fax to Arkansas. For the uninitiated: Underage recruits need a parent or guardian to sign the NLI in order to make it valid. Collins is 18, but recruits younger than 21 need a co-signature. From the NCAA’s NLI Frequently Asked Questions hub:

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The latest reports from CBS indicate this drama will be short-lived and Collins will officially be a Razorback by day’s end. But we should drink this up, because it’s not like a recruit named “Collins” makes headlines every year for pissing off his mother with his college choice. Oh, wait…

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More updates as they come. In the meantime, since this is Campus Union, we’d like to share some jokes:

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For additional National Signing Day coverage, check out SI.com’s live blog, Storify, list of Top 100 recruits and more.

9 comments
pandah462
pandah462

Why the deuce is a parent's signature required for recruits under 21?  Seems a bit much.  Aren't those who are 18 able to sign up for military duty without parental consent?

mplrolltide
mplrolltide

Way to go mom. The biggest day of your kids life and you pull a Jerry Springer. I am a Bama fan and I am pulling for Alex Collins to have a huge career at Arky. Good luck Alex!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

College sports provide no end of entertainment.

r7apple
r7apple

Good Luck to whatever team this kid goes to...Got to believe Arkansas may have a blessing in disguise by not having this kids Mom around to deal with...That is one controlling Mother......................

MichaelConrad
MichaelConrad

Mom knows best!  Come to Wisconsin, young man and break records, then play in the NFL.

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

Another young man who had his day ruined by a selfish mother.  Let the kid go where he's happy! 

ericwkillian
ericwkillian

So at 18 you can join the military on your win but the NCAA makes your parents approve where you go to college?

JeffStivenson
JeffStivenson

Bielema has just gotten to the SEC, and he has to deal with this. Goes to show him. But, now that he's in the SEC, at least he can do away with the silly pretense of making a show of actually providing his players an education. There's no place for that in the SEC.

deacon96
deacon96

What happened to 18 being the threshold for adulthood? You're 18 years old and your still need a parents signature? Seriously?