FAYETTEVILLE Alex Collins didn't participate in his signing day ceremony at South Plantation (Fla.) High on Wednesday.

But the running back told a South Florida television station - NBC 6 - he still intends to play at Arkansas next season.

Im staying with Arkansas," Collins told the NBC affiliate. "Im just waiting."

Collins, who had been verbally committed to Miami before re-opening his recruitment late last fall, selected Arkansas during a Fox Sports South television show on Monday night. But he didn't sign Monday and multiple reports indicated Collins, who is rated as the No. 1 back in the country by 247Sports and No. 3 by Scout.com, had little choice.

His mother, Andrea McDonald refused to sign the national-letter-of-intent, according to ESPNs Recruiting Nation. Prospects who are not 21 years old are required to have a parent or legal guardians signature. Collins older brother, Johnny, told the Miami Herald the family hoped he would reconsider his original choice.

I would prefer him to go to Miami, too, because it would be a better program for him, a better environment," Johnny Collins told the Miami Herald. "He could get home faster and it's more convenient if mom wants to go to a game -- instead of having to fly to Arkansas.

It's not known if McDonald has agreed to sign her son's letter-of-intent.

However, Collins told NBC 6 he informed Arkansas' coaches of his plans to be a Razorback.

Its been stressful but I feel a lot of relief after I made my decision, Collins told NBC 6. I feel like everything will get easier now. I just have to sign that paper and everything else with be easy.

Robbie Neiswanger Arkansas News Bureau