College Football: When National Signing Day Goes Wrong

Alex Collins

Today, Wednesday, February, 6th, 2013 is one of the biggest days in the college football offseason. It is National Signing Day in which all the top recruits in high school football sign their letters of intent and declare what college football program they are choosing to play for.

For most of these young men and their families it’s a dream come true to have so many top programs choose them. It’s equally exciting for the fans and coaches of these top college programs.

However, one recruit not excited right now is South Plantation High School running back Alex Collins who was planning on going to Arkansas this fall, but his mother had other plans.

According to ESPN and two sources familiar with the situation, Collins’ mother Andrea McDonald showed up to the Florida high school Wednesday morning confiscated the documents and fled with the paperwork because she doesn’t want Collins to leave home. Local schools Collins was considering include Florida and Miami.

Collins, who is ranked 57th by ESPN, verbally made a commitment to the Razorbacks on Monday. Since Collins is 18 he is allowed to sign his letter of intent without the co-signing of a parent or guardian. However, until he gets the paperwork back, he will go unsigned.

Collins has the perfect size for a running back. He is listed at 5-foot-11 and 200-pounds. In his senior season he rushed for 1,276 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Truly, this is a horrible day for not only the Arkansas football program, but Alex Collins as well.

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