Five-Star Recruit’s Mother Steals His Letter of Intent

by Greg Pollowitz

Alex Collins, one of the top high-school football players in the country, has yet to sign his scholarship letter of intent with his chosen school of Arkansas because his mom ran off with it:

ESPN 150 running back Alex Collins still has not signed his letter of intent with Arkansas. According to two sources familiar with the situation, his mother showed up Wednesday at South Plantation High School, confiscated the documents and left.

Andrea McDonald fled with the paperwork because she doesn’t want Collins to leave home, the sources said. Collins is 18 and does not need a parent or guardian to co-sign his letter of intent.

Per NCAA rules and because he hasn’t received a signed letter of intent, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, appearing on ESPNU’s broadcast of national signing day, said he could not talk about Collins.

South Plantation athletic director Mike Collins, who is not related to Alex, said later Wednesday that “the family was not on the same page and needed to work things out.”

What makes the story even stranger is that Collins doesn’t live with his mother but with his high-school football coach.

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