Following up on a month’s worth of tumult and accusations and controversy, five-star safety Landon Collins has officially faxed — yes, they still utilize those “ancient” machines — his signed Letter of Intent to Alabama and is a member of the Tide’s 2012 recruiting class, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.
While Collins’ play on the field earned him the five-star rating, it was his mother that lifted his notoriety to an unprecedented national level.
At the Under Armour All-American game early last month, Collins gave his verbal commitment — over the very public objections of his mother April Justin — to the Tide. Later that month, Justin expressed her displeasure over an in-home visit from Nick Saban in which she felt the UA head coach “stereotyped” her, then leveled additional accusations regarding a job for her son’s girlfriend as well as hinting Collins could be in for a red/greyshirt.
In the end, and despite his mother wanting him stay in his home state and sign with LSU, Collins stuck to his verbal commitment and is one of the newest members of the Tide football program. As we stated in the past, hopefully Collins’ on-field talent is worth all of the off-field hiccups that have gotten him to this point.
And that we’ve seen the last of the hiccups for the recruit’s sake.