Everybody loves Budda

Highly-touted Collins expected to find spot

Posted: July 24, 2013 at 4:02 a.m.

South Plantation running back Alex Collins signs with the University of Arkansas on Thursday, February 7, 2013, in Plantation, Florida. Collins' birth father, Johnny, signed his national letter-of-intent during a ceremony at Kim Bokamper's Sports Bar and Grill. The five-star recruit's signing had been delayed because his mother, Andrea McDonald, had refused to sign his national letter-of-intent. (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/MCT)

The running back known as Budda hopes to spread his message of happiness and peace to the Arkansas football program in the coming years.

Collins At a Glance

CLASS Freshman

HEIGHT/WEIGHT 5-11, 207 pounds


HOMETOWN Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

HIGH SCHOOL South Plantation

NOTEWORTHY Five-sport star who competed in football, basketball, track, lacrosse and competitive cheerleading. … Rated the No. 1 running back in the country, the No. 5 prospect in Florida and the No. 17 prospect in the country by 247Sports.com. … Ranked the No. 3 running back in the country by Scout.com and the No. 13 running back by Rivals.com. … Rushed for more than 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior, missing three games because of injury. … Played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, along with Arkansas quarterback signee Austin Allen. … Named the Broward County male athlete of the year for the 2012-13 school term.

South Plantation running back Alex Collins looks for a hole in the Coral Springs defense in this Oct. 21, 2011, file photo. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sent...

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