Newly hired Arkansas Razorbacks head football coach Bret Bielema landed the No. 1 running back in the nation on Monday night in running back Alex Collins. Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

2013 College Football Recruiting: Hogs Land No. 1 Running Back in the Nation

Fayetteville, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks landed Alex Collins, the No. 1 running back in the nation, per 247Sports, on Monday night.

Collins made his announcement on Fox Sports choosing the Razorbacks over in-state favorite University of Miami. The other schools waiting with baited breath included Texas, 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.

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.

Collins is the first five-star recruit the Hogs have signed since in-state cornerback Darius Winston signed in 2007.

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