Five-star RB Alex Collins delays signing; Arkansas commitment near

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Every National Signing Day brings with it some unexpected suspense, and it appears we have our first such development this year.

Five-star running back Alex Collins verbally committed to Arkansas on Monday and was expected to make it official at a ceremony on Wednesday. Instead, Collins canceled his ceremony because he needed more time to think about his decision.

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Which is somewhat different than the story from ESPN's RecruitingNation. Corey Long reported on Wednesday that Collins' mom "confiscated" his letter of intent and left the school with it. She reportedly did so because she doesn't want her son to leave the area to go to school.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, Collins' signing with Arkansas was considered "imminent" at Arkansas, a person close to the process told CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd. However, there were indications that a signed letter could come as late as Thursday.

While Collins' delay was one of the biggest surprises of signing day, the Arkansas staff went about its business of assembling Bret Bielema's first class of Hogs. In the Arkansas football offices, it was hard to tell the lynchpin of the class was delaying his decision. Arkansas remained strong in Florida -- Collins' home -- signing three players from the state. Coaches were especially excited about landing offensive lineman Denver Kirkland, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound prospect from Miami.

Collins is considered the top all-purpose running back in the 2013 class by 247Sports.com. The 5-11, 204-pound back from South Plantation, near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has rushed for 2,915 yards and 38 touchdowns the last two seasons.

Collins is also considering Florida, Florida State, Miami and Wisconsin.

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