‘Bama lands Foster; Collins is Arkansas-bound

For two of the nation’s top-rated prospects, the recruiting process is over.

Five-star linebacker Reuben Foster and five-star running back Alex Collins made their announcements on FOX Sports South’s The NEW College Football Show: Next Class 2013, with Foster committing to Alabama, while Collins is Arkansas-bound.

“You
know I have to do it for my family,” Foster of Auburn (Ala.) High
School said with his family surrounding him “… I will be attending the
University of Alabama.”

“I would like to continue my athletic
and academic career at … the University of Arkansas,” Collins of South
Plantation (Fla.) High School said.

Foster, Scout.com’s
second-ranked player and the top-rated linebacker picked from a group of
finalists of Alabama, Auburn and Georgia and adds to another top-10
class from Nick Saban and Co.

“I’ve been loving Alabama since I was a pup, man,” Foster said.

The
Crimson Tide have received verbal commitments from four other five-star
prospects in defensive end Jonathan Allen, wide receiver Robert Foster,
running back Derrick Henry and tight end O.J. Howard.

The
5-foot-11, 207-pound Collins, who ran for 1,253 yards and 14 touchdowns
on 140 carries as a senior, joins new Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema, who
brings his run-heavy attack to Fayetteville.

“I like the fact
that they run the ball and I personally know the coaches, I’ve been
recruited by them for two years now,” Collins said. “I think I can trust
them. I feel like that they can get me to where I want to be, the next
level athletically and academically.”

Foster’s decision brings an end to recruiting process filled with twists and turns.

He
made several visits to Alabama during his junior year and Foster
committed to the Crimson Tide in July 2011 while playing for Troup
County High School in Georgia. But shortly after transferring to Auburn
High School in April 2012, Foster held a press conference announcing
that he was changing his commitment to nearby Auburn.

But Foster
would re-open his recruitment after assistant coach Trooper Taylor was
not retained by the Tigers following the firing of Gene Chizik.

Collins
was initially a Miami commit but reopened his recruitment in December
and made official visits with the Hurricanes and Arkansas before making
his decision.

Collins is the first five-star to join a Razorbacks class that began the day ranked 54th in the nation.