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Updated: mother of Arkansas commit reportedly ‘confiscated’ NLI

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On Monday just before Reuben Foster made his commitment to Alabama, South Plantation High School (Fla.) running back Alex Collins announced on FOX Sports South that he would be committing to Arkansas.

But, as is the case every year, there’s at least one high-profile player who pledges to a school before second-guessing himself on Signing Day. It would appear for the time being that Collins is that player.

Per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Collins did not show up for his school’s signing ceremony Wednesday morning. A placard with his name was removed from a table where the four-star running back was set to sign his letter of intent.

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

Collins was also considering Miami, Florida State, Florida and Wisconsin.

Recruiting can be equally exciting and stressful for some athletes. Choosing a college is a big decision, so if Collins needs more time, he should get it.

Updated 12:54 p.m. ET: Naturally, this story was only set to get stranger. ESPN’s Corey Long reported on Wednesday that Collins’ mom, uh, “confiscated” her son’s letter of intent before proceeding to leave the school with it. The word is that Landon Collins’ Alex Collins’ mom is more interested in her son going to someplace closer to home, not Arkansas.

Again, that’s just the rumor. We’ll keep you updated as this unfolds.

Updated 6:00 p.m. ET: Collins still hasn’t signed with the Hogs, but CBSSports reports that his decision to do so is “imminent.” However, a decision reportedly may not come until Thursday, which is not quite “imminent.” Either way, it appears Collins will end up with the Hogs. Maybe. We think.

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36 Responses to “Updated: mother of Arkansas commit reportedly ‘confiscated’ NLI”
  1. atxcane says: Feb 6, 2013 12:44 PM

    Considering the background story, I’m rolling on the floor laughing.

  2. atxcane says: Feb 6, 2013 12:46 PM

    Sorry, I realize that last post is vague and will probably upset a lot of people unintentionally.

    Basically, there are a multitude of reasons why UM is the best choice for Collins, and only *one* detail pushing him to Arkansas. Everything else is a draw or slightly in Miami’s favor.

    That *one* detail pushing him to Arkansas must be FLIPPING OUT right now. Hence why I’m laughing.

  3. jimmy53 says: Feb 6, 2013 1:29 PM

    atxcane: Seriously? I’m not sure Miami is the best place for anyone as far as football is concerned. I wouldn’t want my son’s future to be in the hands of a virtually unproven coach (7-6 doesn’t prove anything), an unproven offensive coordinator, a team with absolutely zero fan base (do you even remember a full stadium?), in a city known for drugs and crime.

    If she knows what’s best for him she’ll realize that another team will provide him better stability (yes, even AK).

  4. jason1214 says: Feb 6, 2013 1:48 PM

    Gee…no wonder NSD has become the ridiculous spectacle it is.

  5. HotHotHeat says: Feb 6, 2013 1:51 PM

    Why does Jimmy hate Miami so much? I think he’s still living in the 1980’s…..

  6. atxcane says: Feb 6, 2013 2:10 PM


    b/c Jimmy thinks things stadium attendance matters on the field.

    The broad, sweeping, non sequiturs about crime and drugs, coaching, etc. should tip you off that he follows recruiting exactly 1 day a year.

  7. guinsrule says: Feb 6, 2013 2:11 PM

    Do you really want a recruit who can’t outrun his momma?

  8. atxcane says: Feb 6, 2013 2:14 PM


    Ha! Well-played.

  9. kozbee says: Feb 6, 2013 2:19 PM

    Miami has never took the barbwire down yet.Mother your son has a free ride to college,its not like your paying for it.When he gets a degree will you be there to slam him on where he should take up a job.Arkansas is called the Rock but not nearly as much the prison as Miami is.I wonder if she tried putting her shoe in his azz yet.Goodluck to those SEC teams recruiting.

  10. shen90 says: Feb 6, 2013 2:25 PM

    Arkansas is way better for him then Miami. Miami is a program not so slowly dieing. He remains completely committed to Arkansas and has confirmed later today he will get letter of intent to Arkansas. We are in process of getting him new papers which again he and his coach have confirmed he will sign. He likes Arkansas more, he feels at home at Arkansas and has made it clear Arkansas is only place he wants to be.

  11. atxcane says: Feb 6, 2013 2:27 PM

    Heh Koz,

    If you wanna try to play the ‘criminal’ angle, you may be interested to know that Ark FB has the 3rd highest total police records on the team (only bested by Pitt and Iowa).

  12. irishdodger says: Feb 6, 2013 2:30 PM


    Arkansas is NOT referred to the ROCK. It’s capital city, Little Rock, is commonly referred to the ROCK but that’s 3 hours away from the University of Arkansas which is based in Fayetteville, AR.

  13. irishdodger says: Feb 6, 2013 2:31 PM

    So where is Collins’s father in all this?

  14. irishdodger says: Feb 6, 2013 2:36 PM

    I’m no Miami fan, but to say the program is “slowly dying” is typical of today’s fanbases. Everything goes in cycles. No one should understand that better than SEC fans. LSU & Bama were both a joke before Saban came along. Bama also went w/o a national title between Bear & Stallings in the Curry/Perkins era. Florida was a probation riddled dumpster fire before Spurrier. Can you name the HC who preceded Pete Carroll at USC? Can you name the HCs at Texas that failed between the Royal & Mack Brown eras. Do you remember OU football during the years after Switzer until Stoops arrived. Miami, for all its warts, has more players in the NFL & more National Championships than most teams in America. They’ll be back. Maybe not as soon as their fans hope…but they’ll be back. No one sees the big picture anymore.

  15. atxcane says: Feb 6, 2013 2:38 PM


    Not sure. Collins lives with the guy who is flipping out right now, but apparently his mother is still the legal guardian (hence why her signature is so important on the LOI).

    All parties involved with the kid (some say including the kid, not sure if that’s real or or just conjecture) want him at Miami, with the exception of the guy flipping out right now.

  16. atxcane says: Feb 6, 2013 2:41 PM

    *ack, NLI, too many acronyms these days.

    FWIW, I don’t expect other fanbases to realize/appreciate the Golden track. I only know it b/c I’m so interested in it. But I guess I *do* expect other fanbases to not weigh in if they lack any knowledge.

    I’ve always thought the old adage “Better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt” was pretty good advice.

  17. jaydm84 says: Feb 6, 2013 2:48 PM

    Who cares whether this kid goes to Miami or not. The canes missed out on too many defensive players in this signing class, that should be their only focus.

  18. wphood says: Feb 6, 2013 3:10 PM


    “If she knows what’s best for him she’ll realize that another team will provide him better stability (yes, even AK).”

    Sorry, there are no college football teams in Alaska (AK):

    Arkansas (AR)…yes, there are several.

  19. birdsflynorth206 says: Feb 6, 2013 3:15 PM

    Isn’t he 18? He shouldn’t need his moms signature. And why cant Arkansas send over another NLI for him to sign

  20. canehouse says: Feb 6, 2013 3:33 PM

    Irishdodge… Well said. We feel good about the future down here… even though today was a bad day by recruiting pundits standards… These classes are never a perfect measuring stick… Miami had the number 1 class a few years ago… That class never won a bowl game… Only time will tell how these kids develop.

  21. thewizardofbs says: Feb 6, 2013 3:34 PM

    Ia it true that she was armed when she “confiscated” the letter?

  22. skids003 says: Feb 6, 2013 3:34 PM

    I guess mama didn’t get as good a deal from Arkansas as she wanted.

  23. Deb says: Feb 6, 2013 3:40 PM

    Why does it have to be between Arkansas and Miami? I gather from atxcane’s posts he’s chosen Arkansas solely to follow a girl. That’s an idiotic reason to choose a college, so you can’t blame the mother. But as others have pointed out, Miami isn’t the powerhouse or national attention-getter it once was. So maybe the kid should consider Florida. Compromise location, SEC team, large fanbase, program on the rise, national exposure.

    But it’s still the kid’s decision. Stealing the letter … well, that’s what makes National Signing Day so much fun.

  24. atxcane says: Feb 6, 2013 3:47 PM

    @deb, @skids

    Not a girl — Collins’ girl actually goes to Miami. The ‘deal’ with Ark is with the guy flipping out right now.

    Like I said, Mom and everyone wants the kid at Miami. *One* person alone wants him at Ark. Collins is torn between disappointing everyone vs. that *one* person.

  25. bucsfaninarkansas says: Feb 6, 2013 4:16 PM


    What’s your deal with not just saying who the *one* person is?

  26. atxcane says: Feb 6, 2013 4:28 PM


    I just don’t want to be a jerk and put the guy on blast in a public forum. The guy *has* done good for Collins by taking him in to live with him. While it’s a shame that he’s pushing Collins to Bielema for selfish reasons, he’s still a decent person for what he’s done up to this point.

  27. kozbee says: Feb 6, 2013 4:28 PM

    Most recruits want mothers and dads to be a part of their recruiting.At times i think parents go to far in where a kid wants to get an degree,imo why cant the mother respect her sons wishes.I got my degree from Auburn and wanted my daughter to go there also but she asked to go to Bama for her education.Im glad i never told her no.Kids sometimes can teach parents as well if they would stop being stubborn and let their kid run their own life.What that mother did was embarrassing to her son and imo uncalled for as respecting her son.

    atxcane-About the barbwire,its only true about Miami..

  28. bucsfaninarkansas says: Feb 6, 2013 4:50 PM


    That makes sense.

    I just really hope this all gets worked out and this kid is wearing the cardinal and white very soon.

  29. crazycane says: Feb 6, 2013 6:22 PM

    Gatewood has everything to do with this decision. He’ll be “magically” hired by UA before the start of the season.

  30. billmead1976 says: Feb 6, 2013 6:36 PM

    The envelope didn’t have enough cash.

  31. brewcrewfan54 says: Feb 6, 2013 6:53 PM

    You may think Miami isn’t an attention getter anymore but considering About 9 of their games are televised here in Wisconsin every year I would say Miami is still pretty damn relevant.

  32. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Feb 6, 2013 9:11 PM


    So that’s why no one is at the stadium on game day.

    They’re all watching it on tv. Now we know.

  33. Deb says: Feb 6, 2013 9:44 PM

    atxcane, have to agree with bucsfaninarkansas. I don’t understand the purpose of all the cryptic references on the football blog. If you know about this mysterious man, then it must be public record somewhere. Either speak plainly or don’t mention it.

    @angelheartsbuckeyes … nice :)

  34. hoggette says: Feb 7, 2013 1:54 AM

    As an Arkansas fan it would be nice to catch a break!

  35. hoggette says: Feb 7, 2013 1:56 AM

    Like Job it doesn’t get any easier. We have faith!

  36. florida727 says: Feb 7, 2013 1:20 PM

    “Hey, umm, mom… just so you know, I used that dog-ate-my-homework excuse in Mrs. London’s class last week. Not sure I can pull that one out again. Can you work with me here?”

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