As of Wednesday evening, running back Alex Collins still had not signed his letter of intent with Arkansas. Earlier in the day, Collins' mother, Andrea McDonald, refused to sign the letter of intent papers.
According to ESPN, she wants Collins to stay closer to home and sign with the University of Miami.
Initially it looked like the papers were going to get signed as McDonald arrived at the school at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday. However she left abruptly without ever putting pen to paper.
Collins' older brother, Johnny, said the family hoped Collins would re-consider Miami.
“I would prefer him to go to Miami, too, because it would be a better program for him, a better environment,” Johnny Collins said. “He could get home faster and it's more convenient if Mom wants to go to a game -- instead of having to fly to Arkansas.”
According to the NCAA's official website, The National Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.
“If you are under the age of 21, regardless of marital status, your parent or legal guardian must sign the NLI in order for it to be considered valid,” the website states. That’s the reason why it is McDonald, and not Collins, who ultimately can control where the young man takes his talents.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Collins verbally committed to Arkansas on Monday, choosing the Razorbacks over Miami, Florida, Wisconsin and Florida State, but that commitment means nothing until the letter is signed.
Prior to attempting to commit to Arkansas, Collins had been a longtime commit to Miami, but he reopened his recruitment in November. He ran for 1,276 yards and 14 touchdowns during his senior season of high school.
The only public response Collins has made was to send tweet from his account that said, "Everything is going to be alright."