After a week of thinking about his decision to stay or go, Arkansas junior tailback Alex Collins has found his answer.
Collins announced Sunday morning via a letter on the Razorbacks’ website that he will be forgoing his senior season and putting his name in the NFL draft.
He’ll do so after rushing for 1,577 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, including 185 yards and a trio of touchdowns in his final game while being named the MVP of Arkansas’ 45-23 Liberty Bowl win over Kansas State on Jan. 2.
Collins, who was named second-team All-SEC this season, rushed for 3,703 and 36 touchdowns in his career after being a member of Razorback head coach Bret Bielema’s first recruiting class at Arkansas.
He joins a pair of classmates in tight end Hunter Henry and offensive lineman Denver Kirkland as Razorbacks in announcing they willl skip their senior seasons and enter the draft.
Collins wrote the following:
“For the past week, I have spent my days and nights with much prayer trying to decide my future at the University of Arkansas.
“Without a doubt this has been one of the most difficult weeks of my life as I try to make the right decision for my future. If I return, getting my degree and perhaps breaking new records would be within my reach.
“To be able to share those records and awards with the team and fans would be an incredible experience for all of us.
“I also see a future in the NFL as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“After much prayer and discussion with the people who love me, I have made the decision to enter the NFL Draft.
“Coach Bielema has been a guiding mentor in my life for several years and I want to personally thank him for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play at Arkansas.
“I also want to thank the coaching staff, academic staff, and my teammates for helping make my time at the University of Arkansas successful.
“Lastly, there is no way to truly express how thankful I am for the love and support Arkansas fans have given me during the past three years. Without a doubt there are no better college fans than Hogs fans.
“I hope I make you proud at the next level.