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Alex Collins to declare for the NFL Draft

FAYETTEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

Arkansas junior running back Alex Collins will enter the NFL Draft. 

Collins sent out the following letter on arkansasrazorbacks.com: 

For the past week, I have spent my days and nights with much prayer trying to decide my future at the University of Arkansas. 

Without a doubt this has been one of the most difficult weeks of my life as I try to make the right decision for my future. If I return, getting my degree and perhaps breaking new records would be within my reach. 

To be able to share those records and awards with the team and fans would be an incredible experience for all of us. 

I also see a future in the NFL as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

After much prayer and discussion with the people who love me, I have made the decision to enter the NFL Draft.

Coach Bielema has been a guiding mentor in my life for several years and I want to personally thank him for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play at Arkansas. 

I also want to thank the coaching staff, academic staff, and my teammates for helping make my time at the University of Arkansas successful. 

Lastly, there is no way to truly express how thankful I am for the love and support Arkansas fans have given me during the past three years. Without a doubt there are no better college fans than Hogs fans. 

I hope I make you proud at the next level. 

Always WPS,
Alex Collins

Collins set a Razorback record with 20 rushing touchdowns in 2015. 

He also rushed for 1,000 yards in his first three seasons, and had he stayed could have become the first running back in SEC history to rush for four 1,000 yard seasons. 

Collins is projected to be a second round pick in the NFL Draft. 

Collins is ranked anywhere from the third to fifth best running back in the draft across different scouting websites. 

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