Several top BCS college football programs will be holding their breath on Monday waiting to hear if running back Alex Collins will call their name verbally committing to their program for the 2013 recruiting class. Among those schools with a reported shot at signing the four-star athlete includes Arkansas, Miami, Florida State, Florida, and Wisconsin.
Collins, 5’11”, 210 pounds, burst onto the national scene in 2011 as a junior and first year player for South Plantation High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rushing for 1,786 yards with 28 touchdowns, Collins was named Broward County Player of the Year competing in the state’s high classification, 8-A.
In 2012 Collins proved his first year running with the pigskin was no fluke. Rushing for over 1,200 yards with 14 touchdowns in limited action, Collins became one of the top targets of every BCS program in Division-I.
Miami may be the leader in receiving Collins’ verbal commitment as he committed to the Hurricanes earlier in his recruiting process but opened his recruiting back up as he is unsure how the NCAA sanctions hanging over the University of Miami’s athletic program could affect the football program during his time on campus.
Collins officially visited Wisconsin on Oct. 5, Florida State on Oct. 12, Florida on Dec. 14, Miami on Jan. 18, and Arkansas received his fifth and final visit on Jan. 25.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema was able to talk Collins into using up two of his five official visits, one while coaching the Badgers and the other after being named the head coach for the Razorbacks. The lure of playing for a head coach that just helped Wisconsin running back Montee Ball become one of the most accomplished running backs in college football history has to help along with the fact that the Hogs depth in the backfield is shallow at best meaning the potential for immediate playing time.
Recruiting Notes on Collins
Collins was a Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl selection playing with Arkansas recruit quarterback Austin Allen.
247Sports rates Collins as the No. 5 running back prospect in the nation. Rivals ranks Collins as the nation’s No. 13 running back.
While visiting Arkansas sophomore safety Rohan Gaines was his host.