When mom said no, Alex Collins went to dad.
One day later, Collins is set to become an Arkansas Razorback, after the star tailback officially signed a letter of intent during a Thursday afternoon press conference.
The ceremony comes nearly 24 hours after Collins' mother refused to sign the paperwork, as a parent or guardian is required. Instead, Collins' father, Johnny Collins signed the letter.
Andrea McDonald, Collins' mother, has hired the Cochran Firm to represent her in case of litigation. She had wanted Alex to sign with Miami and be closer to home.
"Alex's family has been overwhelmed with media inquiries regarding their impending decision," lawyer Jack 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 was the Broward County (Fla.) player of the year as a junior in 2011. He had originally committed to Miami, switched to Wisconsin, then followed Bielema to Arkansas. He said he's not angry at his mother.
"She just wanted to make sure I was making the right decision," Collins told reporters. "She was concerned about me being so far away from home and how I could handle it."
For his part, Johnny Collins said he didn't know the particulars of the incident.
"I did not know what was going on and Alex called and said his mother wouldn't sign the paper," Johnny Collins said. "I am going to support my son in any decision."