Miami and Arkansas are the final two schools for five-star running back Alex Collins (Plantation, Fl.,
South Plantation) after Collins announced Wednesday that he will pick between the Hurricanes and Razorbacks on Monday.
Collins is ranked as the top running back according to some scouting services and the 5-11, 200-pound speedster would be a huge signing for new Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema. He would be a big pickup wherever he signed on to play college football, but Bielema has made the running back a focal point in his offense dating back to his time at Wisconsin where he was able to turn Montee Ball into one of the most prolific runners in the history of college football.
Wisconsin was the first to get a visit from Collins when Bielema was still the head coach in Madison, and now it appears that the relationship between the two could land Collins in Arkansas and take him out of Broward County.
The Razorbacks hosted Collins this past weekend one week after he visited the Hurricanes. During the recruiting process for Collins it was assumed that he would end up at Florida State, but as we’ve seen with other recruits coaching turnover in Tallahassee has left Collins soured on the prospect playing for the Seminoles.
It isn’t often that Florida kids leave the Sunshine State, let alone for Arkansas, and that’s why I still think that Miami holds the slimmest of leads over Arkansas, but you can’t count out Bielema in this race, because he’s been in the race from the very beginning.
Collins will announce his decision at 10p.m. Monday evening and will have Bielema and Miami head coach Al Golden will be holding their breath til then hoping to get the game-breaker in their backfield in 2013.
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