Arkansas Razorbacks going to get Alex Collins or not?

I was listening to 103.7 the buzz in Little Rock today and they were saying at 11:45am that Alex Collins’ mother grabbed the letter of intent and ran out the door with it this morning at the signing ceremony. Word is that his mother wants him to sign with Miami according to the Justin down at the buzz, but I have read that same account of events on other blogs.  The Orlando paper’s story is below:

Alex Collins poses with an Arkansas helmet after committing to the Razorbacks Monday night.Alex Collins poses with an Arkansas helmet after committing to the Razorbacks Monday night. ([Photo via Alex Collins’ Twitter account, @Budda03] / February 4, 2013)
By Steve Gorten South Florida Sun Sentinel12:10 p.m. EST, February 6, 2013

In a National Signing Day surprise, South Plantation star running back Alex Collins did not sign with the University of Arkansas as planned Wednesday morning and was absent from the school’s signing ceremony.

South Plantation athletic director Mike Collins was vague about Alex Collins’ absence, but noted “more due diligence needs to be done on the family’s side of things,” and confirmed that the running back had not signed a national letter-of-intent with any college.

“We’re going to give the family as much time as they need to make the right decision,” Mike Collins told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “At this time there’s no indication of anything other than the original plan. The family just wants more time.”

Collins, a five-star recruit rated the nation’s No. 1 running back by, announced Monday night on live television on Fox Sports South that he had chosen to sign with Arkansas over Miami, Florida State, Florida and Wisconsin.

“It’s just a stressful time for him right now,” teammate John Franklin said. “Some things happened that I’d rather not speak about because it’s his business. I don’t want to put it out there.”

 A placard with his name on it was set up on the table at South Plantation’s signing ceremony, but it was removed just before the start of the ceremony. South Plantation coach Doug Gatewood was also mysteriously absent from the signing ceremony. Gatewood was at the school about 90 minutes before the ceremony, but declined comment to the Sun-Sentinel when asked about Collins’ decision to sign with Arkansas. Mike Collins said the running back came to school Wednesday morning, but then left.

“I thought for sure it was a done deal,” Collins said. “Obviously people had other plans.”

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