Andrea McDonald is in the middle of a family feud with her son, Alex Collins, over his college choice.
Since he’s a highly touted football recruit from South Plantation High School, their disagreement went public in a big way.
Collins wanted the University of Arkansas. Mom wanted the University of Miami.
Before the top prospect could enter his signature on a national letter of intent during a pubic ceremony at the high school, Mom grabbed the papers and left for parts unknown.
Since Collins is under 21 years old, a parent or guardian must give written consent. No consent, no commitment, according to NCAA rules.
Now, the Sun Sentinel reports Collins’ dad, Johnny Collins, is stepping in to sign on his son’s behalf and clear the way for a college career in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
McDonald hired an attorney, Jack Paris of the Cochran Firm in Miami, before any commitment was made.
“Alex’s family has been overwhelmed with media inquiries regarding their impending decision,” Paris said in a statement. “They want to make a clean choice that is free of any outside influences. This is a very tough decision, and they are weighing their options very carefully. In the meantime, they have requested the Cochran Firm’s assistance in clearing up any false or inaccurate statements in the press.”
Collins, who was ranked 57th by ESPN, verbally committed to Arkansas after de-committing from Miami in November.