L'affaire Alex Collins, the brightest flare-up on a National Signing Day otherwise populated with low-grade fireworks, has fizzled back to earth with as little fanfare as it began. Mallory Rubin stitched together the rough details of yesterday's events, which culminated with Collins' mother absconding with his NLI in an effort to prevent him from signing with Arkansas. Today, as expected, Collins followed through with the Razorbacks. His father provided the parent signature. Bret Bielema released the following statement through the university's athletic department:
“Alex is a great addition to this class. 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. Our goal was to add two running backs in this class to help us with numbers at the position, and Alex was a priority for his on-field impact and the person he is off the field. We have coaches on our staff with tremendous relationships in South Florida that have been crucial for us in this class, and we will continue to establish Arkansas as a choice for top student-athletes from that area. I am looking forward to having this class become part of our family and watching them grow over the next several years.”
He's not kidding about that "wants to be a Razorback" part. The Fort Lauderdale running back was ranked as a four-star prospect by Rivals and the 13th-best national recruit at his position. He had offers from such programs as Florida and Florida State.
And lest you think this wrapped up too tidily, well: