South Plantation four-star running back Alex Collins decided he’s Arkansas-bound Monday.
Collins chose the Razorbacks over Miami, Florida, FSU and Wisconsin at 10:30 p.m. on Monday on the Fox Sports South channel.
Arkansas coach Bert Bielema is getting the 13th-best running back and 117th-best high school senior, regardless of position, in the nation, according to Rivals.com.
In his senior year with the Paladins, Collins averaged 8.3 yards per carry with a total of 1,276 yards on the year, and he scored 14 touchdowns.
Well off the regional playoff radar when the season started, Cypress Bay and Boyd Anderson have the look of postseason party crashers.
Cypress Bay coach Jason Looky has pushed all the right buttons to help the Lightning (11-5) overcome the loss of 6-7 power forward Ben Antoine, its best player who sustained a season-ending surgery in the preseason.
Meanwhile, a Boyd Anderson team (13-7) stocked with underclassmen and projected to be a year from contending, beat Northeast (8-7) in both regular-season meetings to emerge as the favorite to finish runner-up to reigning Class 7A champion Blanche Ely (20-1) in District 15-7A.
Boyd Anderson hopes home-court advantage will pay dividends when it renews its rivalry with Northeast in the district semifinals on Friday at 6 p.m. Ely faces Monarch at 7:30.
Cypress Bay is the No. 3 seed in District 12-8A and will face No. 2 Western at Flanagan on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Top-seeded Miramar faces No. 4 Flanagan at 7 p.m.
Ross Udine and Nick Wingard have turned in outstanding seasons to help the Lightning offset the loss of Antoine. Looky’s knack for getting more talented opponents to play to his team’s tempo was evident once again in the Big 8 quarterfinals when the Lightning (16-5) took Class 8A No. 2 Deerfield Beach down to the wire before bowing out 67-59. The Lightning hopes that formula will do the trick to launch it into the district championship game Wednesday.
A new set of stars have emerged for the Cobras, led by their highly athletic 6-5 junior wing Marvin Jean-Pierre (18.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg), Diandre Wilson (12.8 ppg) and an emerging post presence in 6-6 freshman Nick Eubanks (9.3 ppg, 6 rpg).
The Eugene Richardson-coached Cobras used intense ball pressure to disrupt the Hurricanes’ offense, led by its 6-10 center Malik Price-Martin and guard Hunter Osceola, in the first two matchups and will have to bring the same concerted effort to pull off what most would have considered an improbable season sweep.
Cypress Bay 4, St. Thomas Aquinas 3
WP: Sarah Maloney (1-0). LP: Meghan King (0-1). Top performers: CB: Sarah Maloney (CB) 7IP, 4 H, 6K; 1-3, RBI. Olivia Gott (CB) 2-3, 2RBI. Shannon McMullen (CB) 2-2, 2 R. Gwen Svekis (STA) 2-3 2 HR 3 RBI.
West Broward 5, Douglas 4
WP: Davis (1-0). LP: Feller (0-1). Top performers: Jamie Mandy 2-2, double, BB, 4 RBI. Megan O’Bier 2-3, double. WB 1-0. DOU 0-1.
District 12-8A semifinals at Flanagan: Western vs. Cypress Bay, 5; Flanagan vs. Miramar, 7
District 13-4A quarterfinals at University School: Coral Springs Charter vs. University, 4; North Broward Prep vs. Somerset, 5:30; Pine Crest vs. Chaminade, 7
District 14-3A quarterfinal at Coral Springs Christian: Calvary Christian vs. Highlands Christian, 7
District 13-2A semifinals at Zion Lutheran: Sheridan Hills-Posnack winner vs. Hollywood Christian, 5:30; Upperroom Christian vs. Zion Lutheran, 7
Region 3-5A final: Taravella at Boca Raton, 7
Region 4-5A final: Homestead South Dade at Cypress Bay, 7
Region 4-4A final: Fort Lauderdale at Stuart Martin County, 7
Region 4-3A final: Merritt Island at American Heritage, 7
Region 4-1A final at North Miami Stadium: Hillel vs. Sagemont, 7
Hallandale at Blanche Ely (Mitchell Moore), 4
Miramar at Boyd Anderson, 4
Cardinal Gibbons at Fort Lauderdale, 6:30
Northeast at Coral Glades, 4
Coral Springs at South Plantation (Pop Travers), 4
Monarch at Deerfield Beach, 4
Dillard at Plantation, 6:30
McArthur at Flanagan, 6:30
Stranahan at Hollywood Hills, 4
Nova at Taravella, 6:30
South Broward at Western, 6:30
Blanche Ely at Pompano Beach, 3
Monarch at Cardinal Gibbons, 3
Coconut Creek at Deerfield Beach, 3
Taravella at Coral Glades (Coral Springs Tennis Center), 4
Coral Springs at Western, 3
Pines Charter at Flanagan, 3
Plantation vs. Miramar (Lakeshore Park), 3
South Plantation at West Broward, 3