Its unclear whether McDonald really has any options. The firm didnt return phone calls or emails from The Miami Herald asking whether McDonald planned to take legal action. The NCAAs website doesnt specify how many signatures are needed or if one takes precedence over another for a letter of intent to be accepted.
Collins father said he received a phone call from Alex on Wednesday and agreed to sign the papers because thats where he wants to go.
Its emotional, Collins aunt, Loretta, said. He really wanted his moms support, but at the same time its his decision. He would love for his mother to be here with him. But he had to make his decision with where he wanted to go. He came right to [Johnny on Wednesday] and told us everything that happened. I asked him, Is Arkansas where you really want to go in your heart? And he said yes. So we will support him.
Collins, who ran for 1,275 yards and 14 touchdowns on 155 carries as a senior and helped lead his team to a district title, said he never wavered on the decision he made Monday night on TV and explained why he didnt choose the University of Miami. He had been a Hurricanes commitment until November.
He said pending NCAA sanctions at Miami didnt affect his choice.
It wasnt necessarily something that turned me off, Collins said.
I love Miami. Its a great place, close to home. If I was close to home, everyone could come. But I wasnt making a decision for everyone else. It would have been great for everyone to support me at my games. But Im making the best decision for me, and I felt it would be best for me to go to Arkansas. Thats ultimately where I want to go.
I feel I have a great chance to get early playing time there. I just have to go in and work hard. With my work ethic, I feel like I can outwork anybody. Based on anywhere I would have went, I feel like I could have fought for playing time. I expect to get there and compete.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema released the following statement after Arkansas received the signed letter of intent: Alex is a great addition to this class. He is an upstanding young man who has impressed us throughout our time getting to know him, and he focused on making a decision that was the best for him athletically, academically and socially. He has high character and is a student-athlete we are thrilled to bring into our family. He made it clear to us that he truly wanted to be a Razorback, which is what we want from everyone we sign.