On Monday evening, South Plantation High School running back Alex Collins announced on FOX Sports South that he would be signing his National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Arkansas. Prior to this, the Florida native had committed to Miami University, but backed out of his pledge in November to consider other schools, as high school recruits are wont to do.
It was largely viewed a coup for the Razorbacks, who would be landing the top all-purpose running back in the 2013 class (according to 247Sports.com), and one of the best overall recruits coming out of Florida this year (according to Scouts.com).
But then … intrigue.
Corey Long of ESPN’s RecruitingNation reported that just before the 5’11″, 207 lbs running back was set to sign the papers, Collins’s mother, apparently unhappy with her son’s decision to attend school out of state, took the letter of intent and disappeared.
The papers are not there. I’ve been told by two different sources that Alex Collins’s 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.
A player’s decision to attend a school isn’t considered to be official until the appropriate papers are signed and handed into the university. These documents aren’t considered complete without the signature of a legal guardian. Making matters even stranger is the fact that Collins, as Bud Elliot of SB Nation points out, is partially estranged from his mother, and currently resides with his high school football coach, Doug Gatewood.
Collins had to back out of a ceremony today to make his signing with Arkansas official, and is reportedly on the hunt for his mother.
And you thought “Friday Night Lights” was sentimental and overdramatic.