Alex Collins Set to Announce: Will it be Miami?
Although five-star running back Alex Collins (5-11/205) de-committed from the University of Miami, he has kept them in the picture and is set to announce his college decision between Miami, Arkansas, Florida State, Wisconsin and Florida on Feb. 4, 2013 at 10 pm EST on FSN.
Collins didn’t feel confident enough in his decision towards the Canes to stay committed, so he opened things back up in December to look around. At that time, Wisconsin and Florida State were believed to have jumped Miami in terms of interest level. Fast forward the timeline to now, the situations of all parties involved have changed.
First, his then-thought favorite Florida State, went through one of the biggest coaching staff changes out of all D-1 programs that retained its head coach. The majority of the Florida State’s staff left, including the coaches recruiting Collins. When that happened, he was left confused.
Second, is the Wisconsin situation, or should I say Bret Bielema situation. Bielema left Wisconsin to Arkansas which was another surprise for Collins. However, the two have a strong relationship and that led Collins to take interest in the Razorbacks and eventually go on an official visit.
The Hurricanes have a lot going for them even though Collins is officially no longer committed. On his own accord, Collins unofficially visited the campus several times (including a basketball game when Miami defeated No. 1 ranked Duke). He has relationships with players and coaches, and likes the NFL production the Canes offer. It’s also close to home and is the school that he originally committed to.
Jon Bastian’s Pick: Miami. Despite a lot of good sources telling me that he’s going to Arkansas, I can’t see him choosing them over Miami. The main factor Arkansas is in the hunt right now is because Collins’ coach has a great relationship with Bret Bielema. If that wasn’t there, I ask myself would Collins even be considering them. So, I’m going against my sources on this one and saying Miami. Miami head coach Al Golden proved he was a “closer” last year and there’s no reason to doubt him this year. I know it hasn’t been an easy decision for Collins–as he’s made public the pressure and challenges of the recruiting process–but he should go with his first instinct when he announces.