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5-star Collins finally a Hog

It took a day longer than expected, but five-star Alex Collins is finally a Razorback.

Alex Collins (right) became the 23rd member of Arkansas' signing class Thursday.

Collins, the nation’s No. 1 running back out of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) South Plantation, was officially announced as a member of Arkansas’ signing class Thursday afternoon after he held a ceremony at a Plantation restaurant.

Collins, the No. 17 overall prospect, was originally scheduled to sign with Arkansas on Wednesday, but he did not show up for the signing ceremony.

The Miami Herald reported that Alex Collins’ mother, Andrea McDonald, would not agree to her son’s choice and left the school Wednesday without signing his letter of intent.

His father signed it Thursday.

Collins has said his mother would prefer he sign with Miami.

“I didn’t think about going anywhere else because I had my mind set on where I wanted to go,” Collins told 247Sports’ Luke Stampini. “I talked to my mom and let her know where I wanted to go and we got a better understanding ...”

Collins is the crown jewel of Arkansas’ signing class as the only five-star, and the Razorbacks regarded him as a must-get. They got him, but not without some turmoil.

“It feels good to finally get it out of the way and get it done,” Collins told CBS Miami before signing.

“Yesterday was kind of crazy. Everyone expected me to sign. There were a lot of people there to support me and everything. I still got everybody to come here. So it was just like yesterday. It’s no big deal. It’s just another day.”

Collins (5-11, 204 pounds, 4.45-second 40-yard dash) chose Arkansas over Miami, Florida, Florida State and Wisconsin. He committed to the Razorbacks on Monday in a televised announcement. He’s the 23rd member of Arkansas’ signing class.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said Collins was a “priority for his on-field impact and the person he is off the field. He called Collins “a great addition to this class” and “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,” Bielema said. “He made it clear to us that he truly wanted to be a Razorback, which is what we want from everyone we sign.”

Collins told CBS Miami that he and his mother are fine. She was not at his signing ceremony Thursday. His father, grandmother and aunt were present.

“It’s basically giving me enough time to really sit down and think because this is where I’m going to be for the next four years of my life,” he said of his mother's decision not to sign his letter of intent.

“I respect her and I understand why she did it, to give me more time to let me really think about signing that paper.”

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