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Alex Collins signs with Arkansas; mother hires attorney

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There was some Signing Day drama yesterday when South Plantation running back Alex Collins, an Arkansas verbal commit, did not show up for his commitment ceremony at his high school. ESPN reported soon after that Collins’ mom had actually“confiscated” her son’s national letter of intent and took off with it.

Roughly 24 hours later, Collins has finally signed with the Hogs, though the story surrounding his decision isn’t over yet. While Collins’ father accompanied him to the ceremony (and signed the NLI), Collins’ mother was noticeably absent.

The Miami Herald reports that she has hired an attorney to represent the family “while she contemplates on signing the NCAA’s Letter of Intent” that will decide where her son plays football in college.” The attorney comes from the Cochran firm, founded by O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran.

It’s believed that Collins’ mother wants her son to attend Miami. What, if any, legal standing she would have to somehow prevent Collins from attending Arkansas will be interesting to follow — the Razorbacks already have his NLI in hand, and speaking to his mom, Collins said they “had a better understanding” — but it’s hard to imagine that Collins won’t end up in Fayetteville.

A four-star athlete according to, Collins became the 23rd member of the Razorbacks’ class with the signature.

“Alex is a great addition to this class,” Coach Bret Bielema said in a release. “He is an upstanding young man who has impressed us throughout our time getting to know him, and he focused on making a decision that was the best for him athletically, academically and socially. He has high character and is a student-athlete we are thrilled to bring into our family. He made it clear to us that he truly wanted to be a Razorback, which is what we want from everyone we sign.”

Updated 5:00 p.m. ET: The attorneys representing Alex Collins mother have released a statement on her behalf. Some interesting wording here.

“Ms. McDonald understands that Alex has received consent from his father who has signed the letter-of-intent for him to play football for the University of Arkansas. However, our client’s initial intentions remain unchanged. She is a loving and caring mother who only wants her son to choose a university without any outside and inappropriate influences. Ms. McDonald hopes all NCAA rules and regulations were followed during today’s signing. She is not seeking any personal financial gain because her only concern is for Alex’s happiness and well being. The Cochran Firm is standing by Ms. McDonald in this difficult time and has made all of the firm’s resources available to her as she explores her options.”

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57 Responses to “Alex Collins signs with Arkansas; mother hires attorney”
  1. allan357 says: Feb 7, 2013 3:13 PM


  2. 49ersgiants4life says: Feb 7, 2013 3:16 PM

    No wonder he wanted to get away from home

  3. bamafan36 says: Feb 7, 2013 3:16 PM

    Hmmm……What rights does the mother have? I am curious….

  4. be4bama says: Feb 7, 2013 3:23 PM

    Me too bamafan36. If he’s 18 why does he need a parent to sign off on the LOI?

  5. jason1214 says: Feb 7, 2013 3:27 PM

    Per NCAA if you are under 21 (they all are) parental signature is required

  6. jimbo75025 says: Feb 7, 2013 3:28 PM

    I would not want to be that father for a little while.

  7. hor2012 says: Feb 7, 2013 3:28 PM

    I guess she worried that Miami is going to ask for thier money back

  8. superfbfan says: Feb 7, 2013 3:36 PM

    So she is going to sue her son so he will go to Miami instead of Arkansas? I assume she wants him to go to school closer to home? But she is suing him because she loves him? This makes zero sense. I’m not a conspiracy theorist but somebody wanted her to persuade her son to go to Miami and payment was contingent on a signed LOI. That’s the only way to make sense out of this situation. Nothing says “I love you” more than being served a subpoena….makes me all warm and fuzy just thinking about it…lol!

  9. bamafan36 says: Feb 7, 2013 3:38 PM

    Gotcha, Jason1214. I figured there had to be something.

    @jimbo75025…. is right.

    hor2012…..That may actually be the case.

    Either way, she should let it go, and give the young man her blessing. Arky’s a good school, with major upside. Plus, it is the SEC.

  10. canehouse says: Feb 7, 2013 3:45 PM

    The Mom needs to back down… clearly the kid wants to be in Fayetteville.

  11. blueinok says: Feb 7, 2013 3:48 PM

    Will this set a new precedent that the kids will no longer need parental approval for their choice of school?

  12. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Feb 7, 2013 4:07 PM

    Am I missing something? Has the father been somehow stripped of his parental rights?? Regardless of what reason she wants her kid to stay closer to home (and I don’t believe the conspiracy theories, although nothing would surprise me in this day and age), unless I’m missing something, I can’t even see how she has a leg to stand on. Let your kid leave the nest. Maybe he’ll get more playing time at Arkansas. Or, heaven forbid, he wants to major is something that isn’t offered at the U, but is at Arkansas, and your kid is actually thinking about a future without football. allen summed it up best with “speechless.”

  13. hor2012 says: Feb 7, 2013 4:25 PM

    Maybe she worried that Miami is going to ask for thier money back

  14. canetic says: Feb 7, 2013 4:36 PM

    This is not a time for the family to fight over which college he goes to. His family should be excited about the next chapter in his football and educational life. Good luck to him and although he would have had a great experience at Miami, I’m sure he’ll be happy with the decision he made to go to Arkansas. Good luck!

  15. florida727 says: Feb 7, 2013 4:47 PM

    This is actually a very short, but very informative read if anyone’s interested in it. It’s a Quick Reference guide to the NLI. BTW, nowhere does it reference needing a parent’s signature on the document. Makes me wonder if one is only required if the kid is under a certain age.

    Regardless, wish the kid luck.

  16. jakethegrift says: Feb 7, 2013 4:50 PM

    The NLI requires that a parent or guardian sign the letter if the student athlete is under the age of 21. It does not matter if he is 18 years of age, he must still have a parent sign it. His father stepped in and signed for him. The letter of intent requirements should be modified to allow 18 year olds sign for themselves.

  17. dcbear90 says: Feb 7, 2013 4:51 PM

    My daughter signed her LOI today and it says that a parents signature is only required if the student athlete is under 18.

  18. halbert53 says: Feb 7, 2013 4:51 PM

    Run Alex Run! If you are not fast enough to get away from yo momma, there’s no way you would make it in the SEC

  19. classyjacklambert says: Feb 7, 2013 4:53 PM

    Way to stick to your guns kid. Gotta respect that.

  20. xtremesportsmaniac says: Feb 7, 2013 5:07 PM

    Mom wanted Miami and his football coach wanted Arkansas. Wonder what the coach is driving these days.

  21. WingT says: Feb 7, 2013 5:49 PM

    She must be wealthy in order to afford that particular law firm

    I feel bad for the kid

  22. eugenesaxe says: Feb 7, 2013 5:53 PM

    I imagine he’s getting paid enough to hire his own attorneys. And you can’t blame the guy for wanting far away from that particular mom.

  23. lrical says: Feb 7, 2013 5:56 PM

    Just taking a wild guess. Mom has a grudge against dad. Dad wasn’t always around. Moms mad because dad gets his college choice.

  24. chucklewis13 says: Feb 7, 2013 6:07 PM

    It is very interesting wording in the statement released by Ms. Collins’ attorney. The wording “outside and inappropiate influences” is the key. Is she suggesting that this may be a “pay to play” deal with Arkansas? This could get very interesting to say the least.

  25. lbroberts123 says: Feb 7, 2013 6:09 PM

    So she doesn’t want his decision to be affected by an outside source… What does she think she is? She’s an outside source and he forcing him to Miami would be the inappropriate influence.

  26. rumpdog1 says: Feb 7, 2013 6:18 PM

    This mother has lost her mind she have no right to control what school he attends, go find something to do with your life and let him be.

  27. rumpdog1 says: Feb 7, 2013 6:20 PM

    She needs a shrink to get her mind right this is 2013 not the 1800’s.

  28. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Feb 7, 2013 6:21 PM

    so, let me get this straight..she thinks her son would be better off at a school that is being investigated for improper gifts? lol yeah, im not buying it

  29. rumpdog1 says: Feb 7, 2013 6:22 PM

    I never stood in the way of my kids going to the school they wanted to attend and they all had a great time so get with it mom.

  30. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Feb 7, 2013 6:23 PM

    xtremesports: rumor is he lives with his coach, not his parents…again, just a rumor..but if true, would explain why he went with what his coach wanted and not mom…plus, why would anyone want to go to Miami right now? seriously, they are likely going to get a bowl ban for 2 years or more, and lose scholarships…

  31. rumpdog1 says: Feb 7, 2013 6:23 PM

    correct she has lost her mind sending himto a school that was investigated for improper gifts.

  32. mrlaloosh says: Feb 7, 2013 6:30 PM

    Anybody seen Cam Newton’s dad around Fayetteville?

  33. fruitcovejag says: Feb 7, 2013 6:39 PM

    Sigh. Let go mom!

  34. teambringitstrong says: Feb 7, 2013 7:35 PM

    This reminds me of someone I used to date, Marie Gil. So, obnoxious, conceited, delusional and self absorbed. She would say to me, I take my children to all my political events. Hello, they are children, no wonder they are so messed up.
    Just like this loser woman if Florida, it’s not about you!!

  35. briwis7 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:28 PM

    Is it just me or does Alex look like he may have problems spelling SEC?

  36. kozbee says: Feb 7, 2013 10:10 PM

    My understanding the coaches were looking for her cause she ran a 4.3 out the building and Miami wanted her as a running back..

  37. nelly837 says: Feb 7, 2013 11:17 PM

    She’s probably alreadfy driving an Escalade courtesy of the “U”. Johnny Cochran……as Bobby Bouche would say “that’s a high quality lawyer”

  38. jason1214 says: Feb 7, 2013 11:29 PM

    Pretty obvious isn’t it? lol

  39. imaduffer says: Feb 8, 2013 12:01 AM

    Isn’t hiring a attorney like hiring an agent and isn’t that against the NCAA rules?

  40. dcviking says: Feb 8, 2013 8:28 AM

    If the letter isn’t signed, he can change his mind.


    Jackie Childs, Esq.
    The Cochran Firm

  41. florida727 says: Feb 8, 2013 9:07 AM

    #dcbear90, thanks for confirming what I thought to be true. I had a close friend who signed one for basketball, and his dad signed it because he was UNDER 18. Wondering if that’s a state law or an NCAA rule though? In some states, 18 is the “legal” age of adulthood (different opinion on that BTW), and therefore the person signing can be legally bound to the agreement/contract they autograph. Thanks again.

  42. packerbadger says: Feb 8, 2013 9:52 AM

    Guy looks like he’s 30 yrs old. Wonder what his gpa is…..if he even has one at all. No wonder he’s trying so hard to get into a SEC school.

  43. be4bama says: Feb 8, 2013 9:53 AM

    Packerbadger your comment is offensive.

  44. bamafan36 says: Feb 8, 2013 10:14 AM

    ……and incorrect! The last Rhodes Scholarship finalist was a starting QB, at an SEC school. He completed two degree’s, and graduated with a 4.0 in both.

  45. lasseter1113 says: Feb 8, 2013 10:57 AM

    briwis7 says:
    Feb 7, 2013 9:28 PM
    Is it just me or does Alex look like he may have problems spelling SEC?


    I saw this kid give his verbal commitment on Fox Sports South and he seemed like a very bright and intelligent young man. Isn’t it a shame that northerners like packerbadger and briwis7 are the ones that are so quick to make racist, bigoted comments on here yet everybody thinks it’s the south that is full of racist? Don’t judge a book by it’s cover or color people..

  46. packerbadger says: Feb 8, 2013 11:00 AM

    be4bama says:Feb 8, 2013 9:53 AM

    Packerbadger your comment is offensive.
    But you didn’t say I was factually wrong. As far as the Rhodes Scholarship…..a blind hog gets an acorn once in a while. A 4.0 at Alabama might be the equivalent of a 2.5 at Wisconsin or Michigan. I guess the SEC has to have a few people actually go to school and compete so they can say they have “student athletes”. How about looking at the whole SEC’s academic rankings compared to the ACC or Big 10. And as far as Alabama is concerned, how is your SAT/ACT rankings compared to the rest of the countries? I’ll wait right here for you to get back to me on that one.

  47. packerbadger says: Feb 8, 2013 11:03 AM

    Aaahhh….lasseter1113 playing the race card. Show me SPECIFICALLY the racist comment I wrote. Btw, the south is racist as hell compared to the rest of the country. I really don’t think you want to go there.

  48. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Feb 8, 2013 1:21 PM


    Your comment itself was not racist. That’s somebody taking the meaning of the word and stretching it to apply his arguement. Your comment WAS, however, a generaliztion that could easily be tied to race, just as your supposition that somehow southerners, in general, are stupid. I grew up and still live in the south (although Tampa is more of a collective of all kinds and is only south by geography), and I was a National Merit Scholar coming out of high school. I COULD make a generalization about all people from Wisconsin being fat, cheese scarfing, Miller guzzling people who think they are somehow superior to everyone else. I could, but I won’t.

  49. be4bama says: Feb 8, 2013 1:41 PM

    I applaud you myopinion. Very well said!!! I’m a white grandmother that graduated from University and the late 70’s. I did not marry my cousin nor have I ever lived in a trailer park.
    And why is packerbadger trolling on a SEC blog?

  50. florida727 says: Feb 8, 2013 2:57 PM

    be4bama says: Feb 8, 2013 1:41 PM
    And why is packerbadger trolling on a SEC blog?


    Simple answer, #be4bama… his conference hasn’t won 7 consecutive national championships but he wants to think he’s a winner anyway. Unfortunately, we all know better. Someone needs to tell him/her/it that once you get out of 2nd grade they stop giving trophies to everyone just for participating.

  51. kozbee says: Feb 8, 2013 11:08 PM

    @ packerbadger

    Q: What does a Wisconsin Badgers fan do when his team has won the BCS championship?
    A: He turns off the PlayStation 3.

  52. kozbee says: Feb 8, 2013 11:11 PM

    Awesome news his daddy signed the NLI.great standing by your son.Job well done.

  53. florida727 says: Feb 11, 2013 9:21 AM

    #kozbee, classic. Any copyrights? I’d like to use it in the future.

  54. packerbadger says: Feb 11, 2013 11:00 AM

    I COULD make a generalization about all people from Wisconsin being fat, cheese scarfing, Miller guzzling people who think they are somehow superior to everyone else. I could, but I won’t.
    We are superior. *pops open Miller*

    What do you call football player with an IQ over 80 on a SEC campus?
    A visitor!

    The SEC football players do however have a much longer rap sheet than do the other conferences.

    You see, Big 10 and ACC conference STUDENT athletes actually take REAL classes and get REAL degrees and can actually READ when they graduate. Btw, we have 5 national hockey titles, a basketball title, a soccer title, rowing (crew) titles, etc. Our football program is quite good btw. How are you in the rest of your sports? PLUS, we have the Packers who have won 13 NFL titles, the Bucks who won a NBA title, the Brewers who played in a World Series, Eric Heiden who won 5 gold medals in speed skating, the first man to break 50 sec in the 100 meter freestyle, etc, etc, etc. I’ll put Wisconsin’s sports resume’ up against ANY of yours ANY day! HA!!

  55. be4bama says: Feb 11, 2013 11:19 AM

    Help me out here. These are the ones right of the top of my head
    Ladies golf
    BCS NChampions 7 in a row
    NC Baseball 2 in a row
    The list goes on and on……

  56. watchfullhose says: Feb 11, 2013 10:12 PM

    LOL @ ladies golf!

  57. mazblast says: Feb 12, 2013 10:00 PM

    “outside influence” = “I didn’t get my way”

    It’s like most of the times that someone says something is/was “unfair”. It’s usually a code word for “I lost, so I’m going to put, whine, tamp my feet, and hold my breath until you give me what I didn’t earn”.

    I don’t know the dynamics of this young man’s family. I don’t know if his father has played any significant role in his son’s upbringing. I do know that the father has legal rights unless a court takes them away, and evidently no court did that. His signature is therefore valid–and no matter how many shyster lawyers his mother may hire, she has no legal recourse.

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