Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Collins gives thumbs up on in-home visit
One of the nation's best running backs, Alex Collins has committed to Arkansas.
On Friday, Arkansas football coaches hit the road and made in-home visits over the weekend with numerous prospects, including highly touted running back Alex Collins.
Collins, 5-11, 210, 4.4 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Plantation, (Fla.) South plans to make an official visit to Arkansas Jan. 25. He has previously visited Florida, Florida State and Wisconsin when Bret Bielema was the coach.
Hog defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and running backs coach Joel Thomas visited Collins Saturday afternoon.
"Everything went good," Collins said. "The visit was basically about them telling me how I fit into the system and telling me about the style of offense they're going to run."
Collins, who was committed to Miami but reopened his recruiting to explore other options, will make an official visit to see the Hurricanes this weekend.
Saturday's visit also allowed Collins' mother to get to know Partridge and Thomas.
"She thought they were very nice guys and they were basically telling her everything they told me," said Collins, who's looking at criminal justice or broadcasting as possible majors. "Just to fill her in how they have my majors and how they ground and pound and telling her about the facilities."
As a senior, Collins missed three games due to injury but still rushed for 1,400 yards in Class 8A, the highest classification in Florida.
He was named Broward County Player of the Year after rushing 228 times for 1,786 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior, his first year to play high school football after not playing as a freshman or sophomore.
Making a final decision on where he'll play his college football will be a daunting task.
"It's very difficult because each school have good football programs, beautiful environments and have crazy, loyal fans and would be a good pick for me," Collins said. "So it's hard picking one."