South Plantation High (FL) Running Back Alex Collins — hotly pursued by a number of schools — declared Monday night he’d be signing a letter of intent to attend the University Of Arkansas. On Wednesday, it’s claimed Collins’ mom has gone AWOL with the paperwork. From the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Steve Gorten :
South Plantation athletic director Mike Collins, who’s of no relation to the high school senior, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel “more due diligence needs to be done on the family’s side of things.” He said he didn’t know when the running back would sign.
“We’re going to give the family as much time as they need to make the right decision,” Mike Collins said. “At this time there’s no indication of anything other than the original plan. The family just wants more time.”
ESPN.com’s Corey Long first reported on ESPNU Wednesday morning that Alex Collins’ mother confiscated his national letter-of-intent because she didn’t want him to sign with Arkansas. Collins, rated the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose back by 247Sports.com, announced on live television on FOX Sports South Monday night that he had chosen the Razorbacks over Miami, Florida State and Florida.
“The papers are not there,” Long said. “I’ve been told by two different sources that Alex Collins’ mom confiscated the papers and took off and ran with them. They are looking for her currently. From what I understand, Alex is not at the school right now. He is looking for his mom. She was quite torn up about him leaving.”
No word yet on Mrs. Collins’ time in the 40 yard dash.