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Thursday, February 7, 2013
A day later, Collins signs with the Hogs

By Chris Low


Is there really anything in the realm of recruiting anymore that genuinely surprises you?

The good news for Arkansas is that ESPN 150 running back prospect Alex Collins of Plantation, Fla., is now officially a member of the Hogs' 2013 signing class. He signed his letter of intent Thursday along with his father. Collins was supposed to sign on Wednesday at his high school, but his mother reportedly confiscated his paperwork and refused to sign because she preferred that he stay closer to home.

Arkansas beat Miami to get the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Collins, who's ranked by ESPN as the No. 7 running back in the country and one of the crown jewels in Arkansas' signing class.

The story gets even more bizarre when you consider that Collins' mother, Andrea McDonald, hired the Cochran Firm to represent the family's interests. Yes, that's the same Cochran Firm founded by the late Johnnie Cochran, who once represented a pretty famous (or infamous) football player.

Collins' mother was not present at the Thursday signing ceremony, but he said he had spoken to her before arriving.

"She just wanted to make sure I was making the right decision," Collins said. "She was concerned about me being so far away from home and how I could handle it."

The signature of a parent or legal guardian is required for a student-athlete under the age of 21 for the binding agreement with an NCAA member institution to be valid.