Arkansas took its best shot with one of the nation's top tailbacks this weekend and now will wait eight days to see if it pays off.
Plantation (FL) South Plantation five-star tailback Alex Collins (5-11, 207) was the top-ranked player of the seven the Razorbacks had on campus the past couple of days and says he is leaving with a lot on his mind.
"I had a good time here," Collins said before catching his plane back to Florida. "I would rate it a high 8, 9 or 10. It's up there. I really enjoyed myself up here. I thought highly of the place I kind of got what I was expecting."
Collins rushed for 1,400 yards this season and has a final five schools of Arkansas, Miami, Florida, Florida State and Wisconsin, where he visited back in November when new Razorback head coach Bret Bielema was still at the Big 10 school.
He plans to announce his decision on an Atlanta radio station Monday, Feb. 4 – two days before the national signing date.
"I came here hoping to see the school, hoping to see the players, hoping to sit down with the players and hoping to sit down with the coaches," Collins said. "I knew some of the coaches from Wisconsin so I already knew the coaches because they been recruiting me for two years now. I kind of got what I was expecting."
Collins' host for his official visit was Arkansas safety Rohan Gaines.
"He has a personality and he's funny too," Collins said. "We had a lot of fun hanging out. We would joke around. We joked about going to the basketball court. I was telling I was going to dunk on him . He said he's not going to let it happen. He said he's the better athlete. It's that kind of competitiveness that I like."
Collins – who has only played organized football for two years and rushed for nearly 1,800 yards as a junior - admits he has a very tough choice to make with the schools left.
"I tried to make a list but it's hard to go off a list," Collins said. "I'm going to go home and sit down and think about each school I visited and each school I'm looking at and pick based on where I feel the most comfortable. I'm going to sit down and talk to my mom and my coach before I make my decision.
"It will be ultimately where I feel the most comfortable and where I can thrive academically and athletically," Collins added.
Collins is a fan of the Miami program, but knows the school is poised to be hit with NCAA sanctions soon.
"It's hard because it still hasn't come out and it's being stretched out I feel like it's not going to come out until after signing day which is bad," Collins said. "I would like to know if I was thinking about going there what I'm getting into. I just don't want to be surprised like wow, we almost got the death penalty.
"So it's hard trying to make my decision and trying to guess on
how I think the punishment will be," Collins added. "I don't know, I try and wait to see what happens and if nothing happens I'll try and still make my decision. My decision will be on Feb. 4."
Collins is interested in Arkansas' communications program.
"I actually got to talk to the professor which was a good thing," Collins said. "The professor let you know they're personable and they like to get to know their students. It's just not the athlete. They like to get know everyone. That's a good thing the professors will actually take the time to sit down and try to get know the students and not just be the professor all the time.
"I got a chance to tour it and it looks great," Collins added. "I could really see myself thriving in that field. I felt comfortable walking through it and saying I can see myself sitting there and working there."
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