South Plantation, Fla. 5-star RB Alex Collins announced on Monday that he would be playing his college ball at the University of Arkansas. But when Collins was to fax in his NLI on Signing Day, well…things turned a little odd.
Recruits have the option to sign with whichever school they feel the most comfortable with. For Collins, Arkansas was the place he wanted to attend. However, Collins’ mother thought he would be most successful at the University of Miami.
When an athlete is underage (21 years old), in order for the player’s NLI to be legitimate a guardian must sign for their child. Collins’ mother refused to sign. Instead, she allegedly took off with her son’s NLI.
She said she didn’t want to sign. 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.”
Despite his mother’s wishes, today Collins’ officially signed his NLI, only instead of his mother’s signature it bore that of his father’s.
So how does Collins’ mother, Andrea McDonald, feel about this? She has hired an attorney in order investigate whether or not her son’s recruitment to Arkansas was influenced by any outside sources — i.e. his high school coach, Doug Gatewood.
Steve Gorten (@sgorten) of the Sun-Sentinel released the following statement by McDonald’s lawyers via Twitter:
Ms. McDonald understands that Alex has received consent from his father who has signed the letter-of-intent for him to play football at the University of Arkansas…Ms. McDonald hopes all NCAA rules and regulations were followed during today’s signing…” Here was his response via Twitter:
Collins tweeted the following after officially signing his NLI:
(@Budda03) Finally over! Finally a Razorback! I’m glad this is over alot of weight off my shoulders happy to be a hog. The camo suit was for the fans!!”