It didn’t take long for Bret Bielema to begin putting his stamp on the football program at the University of Arkansas. When I wrote about the Arkansas offense, one of the areas of concern for a coach like Bielema was going to be getting the rushing game up to his lofty standards.
Rather than leave it up to chance, or the remaining players on the Razorbacks roster, Bielema just went out and got one of the top incoming running backs in the country in Alex Collins from South Plantation High School in Plantation, FL. Ross had his pick of schools including staying local with the University of Miami, but he is instead going to find his home in Fayetteville, AR with the Razorbacks.
Collins is an impressive back, 5-11 and around 200lbs, with a frame that can hold 12-15 more pounds pretty easily without any loss of speed or quickness. He’s a breakaway threat and looks like the kind of back who will be able to carry the workload for the a run heavy offense. For Razorback fans, here’s a little bit of what you have to look forward to.
Collins was wise to spurn the courting of the Hurricanes. What Bielema can do for him at Arkansas, with an athletic young quarterback under center, and an improving offensive line will be special. He’ll likely have to share carries during his freshman season, regardless of talent as this Arkansas team isn’t devoid of talent at running back. He’ll also have to compete against two other highly touted freshmen who are going to be working hard for carries as well.
So Razorback fans, be excited about Collins coming, but understand that what Bielema is doing is much bigger than a single back.
What say you Arkansas fans? Is this the signing Arkansas needed to right the ship? Come find me on Twitter @nfldraftboard for more college football discussion.