What The Alex Collins Commitment Means For Bret Bielema and Arkansas

By Jack Jorgensen
Evan Habeeb-USA Today Sports

After a more than forgetful 2012 football season, new head coach Bret Bielema and the Arkansas Razorbacks made a huge splash a mere two days before National Signing Day, luring away highly coveted running back Alex Collins from the University of Miami. This move, no doubt, may very well be the first of many messages that Bielema plans to send as he begins his SEC journey.

This is a blow to a Miami program that is still riding high after it was announced last week that the NCAA whiffed on their investigations of wrong doings in Coral Gables. But, as they always say, one man’s loss is another man’s gain. And there is no doubt that Bielema and the Razorbacks gained a lot with this pickup. So, how does this news affect Arkansas, and what does it mean going ahead for Bielema and crew in their first season in the tough SEC West?

Collins can no doubt make an instant impact into the Hogs’ offense right away, should Bielema choose to use him that way. Bringing his smash mouth running game with him, Bielema  can introduce Collins as his main go to weapon. With his combination of size, speed, and acceleration, there’s not a question that Alex is capable of taking it to the house any time he touches the ball.

It was clear from the get go that this was Bielema’s plan all along. Collins’ main suitors within the last 12 months were Miami and Florida State. However, after the recent coaching shake ups at FSU, they were effectively eliminated as a potential landing spot. After that, it was widely regarded that he would simply land in Coral Gables. But, once Bielema arrived in Fayetteville, that all changed, as he set the young man in his sights. And, as we saw tonight, he succeeded.

Bottom line is that Arkansas and Bret Bielema sent a message tonight. There is no better way to introduce yourself to the SEC West then by flipping the decision of one of the best running backs in the nation two days before signing day. Les Miles and Nick Saban may still be the kings of the SEC, but if the actions of tonight keep up, they may be welcoming some company.

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