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I think he knows exactly what school he is going to. Whether its Miami, Florida or Wisconsin. My guess is Wisconsin. I really dont think Arkansas is a player here. From reading his twitter it sounds scripted.
Lets face it, Bret learned everything from Barry Alvarez. Every little nuances from recruiting in state to maintaining a program. And over the years I'm sure he heard how he took a team from the gutter to bring them to Wisconsin's success. One of the key elements was having a top recruit visit the school and say good things. Gives the coach and situation more credibility. To me, the talk about Arkansas just seems so scripted from Collins standpoint. Just makes me think he is doing coach B and coach partridge a favor here.
Other than that though, there is no way a recruit would ever pick Arkansas over Wisconsin. Not unless they wanted to live close to their family
"Not unless they wanted to live close to their family."
I feel he wants to like Arkansas so bad that he is looking at this weekend to solidify his choice because he doesn't want Miami and Wisconsin is to far away. I hope you are right, but he wants to be closer to his mom. Cant blame him for wanting to be with his family. If this was settled on the field or by campus we would have won. This comes down to were he thinks he has the best way to shine close enough his mom can see him do it. We just dont have a coach in the race anymore and we are to far away. We came so close but i feel lost another one, this time because of BB leaving. I think GA will enter more of these races in the future and those will work out hopefully.
Collins seems to be concerned with academics too. Arkansas is in a distant third in that regard.
Fayetteville is close to Miami? What are you smoking?? Its over 1300 miles. Over 20 hour drive away from Miami. In fact Wisconsin is only about 150 miles more further away than Arkansas is. Thats practically the same distance!
I highly doubt Alex would chose Arkansas because he would rather be 1350 miles away from his mom than 1500 miles away.
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Out of curiosity, anyone know what Fayetteville is like as a college town?
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It's a desolate shithole filled with rednecks and incest enthusiasts.
However, if you would cAre for the opinion of someone who isn't tanked, ask somebody else.
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ARK has done a nice job with pro RBs...arguably better than UW. The SEC is more visible in FL on TV....Partridge is at Ark.
I could see him at ARK...but I think Miami is where he signs. I think UW is 3rd...I'd love to see him at WI, but would be very surprised.
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LOL - that's a +1.
Collins seems like a great kid and I wish him well regardless. But I'm one f'ing woo pig sooie RT away from unfollowing him on twitter. WPS has to be the single dumbest thing I've ever encountered. It's like a parade of poverty and underachievement.
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I think he likes Wisconsin and is looking for a reason to go there, but he's got Miami folks in his ear the majority of the time. I think he stays with Miami, but Wisconsin in a close second. Madison is the best situation for him, and while we think that Madison has the best campus out of the three, I think Alex might think differently and lean toward one of the Florida campuses.
I like to be an optimist but I think he ends up a pig. Sorry.
I lived in Fayetteville for several years doing both my graduate degrees at the university. Actually I would say it's a mini Madison. In some ways like UW in that UA is the center or focus of the town. The size of the university is probably about 1/2 the size and the city itself reflects that. It is beautiful, surrounded by the Ozark mountains. Beyond Fayetteville, forget it....but to a football player beyond Fayetteville probably doesn't matter. Like Madison it is also pretty "white". I wish I could say that doesn't matter but it does. The African American/Black culture is pretty non existent beyong athletics. If I was going to trek across the country I would want to feel "safe" and find an environment I felt comfortable in; hence, all the talk we hear about "it feels like family" ; something they can control/influence. Also remember, in Arkansas the Razorbacks are "it" and I do mean everything. They have no professional sports to grab onto. Now the money issue...there is a ton of money in NW Arkansas! Not only do you have Wal-Mart (largest retailer in the world) you also have Tyson chicken as well as other industry. The Walton business school is top notch and is on the cutting edge. Be careful when looking at academic rankings tho...they are seriously flawed, rankings can be "bought" but nobody wants me to go into all of that.
Having said all that, UW is superior in all respects, no doubt. I just caution not to under estimate UA and what it can provide for these student athletes. They are celebrities, whether that's good or bad is up to you, but to most of these young men it's pretty "cool".
I'm a Badger alum living near Fayetteville. Fayetteville is a nice small college town but it's nowhere near the city Madison is. It will stand in starker contrast to Miami than Madison will. Dickson St is like a 1/5 scale State St. The campus is smaller than UW but pretty. The weather here kicks Madison's ass. And the mountains and hills surrounding Fayetteville are beautiful. The football stadium and game atmosphere are ok but don't compare we'll to Camp Randall and the atmosphere in Madison. I'm told their football facilities ae nice but I haven't seen them.
Population-wise I would say Northwest AR is a lot like the Fox Valley cities but with nicer weather and a lot more natural beauty outside of town.
Yes you have Tysons and Walmart, but have you seen the medium household income in the fayetville? medium household income is $32,000. Holy shit, thats almost poverty level for a household.
I'm not familiar with Arkansas academics, but can honestly say I have not anyone that has gone to arkansas, and I've met a ton of people
I would ask Mom.
Factor in the cost of living though, it's cheaper here to live than in Madison. I don't live in Fayetteville but have only heard good things about it. With that said, Arkansas is pretty much a mess. Their is lots of poverty, dope heads, bad education, etc. Pine Bluff and West Helena are dumps. The weather is nice but man those Mosquitoes will drive you crazy at least in the area I live in.
I live in a small town of 10k and work in a town of about 2.5k people. All the people do here is get high, drunk, and drive around. Some people are pretty much happy with the way they live and don't do anything to better themselves. They are happy living in HUD houses, not something that I would be content with. Their are nice places in Arkansas though like Hot Springs, Fayetteville, parts of Little Rock, etc. Arkansas has beautiful natural scenery though.
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Sounds like some of the Reservations I've been to. Kind of sounds like Pine Ridge if any of you have spent time there. One of the most hopeless feelings I've ever had is doing service work on those reservations and just feel like you aren't making any bit of a difference.
Exactly. Might be worth visiting to see the ozarks but its not great to live there unless you love the outdoors. Personally I'd rather live in a place with a higher cost of living and be consider a big fish when going to the smaller towns
I wouldn't compare it to a reservation because that's on a whole different level. It is pretty bad though, at least in the area I live in. I live and work around small towns so you see it more frequent dealing with people everyday.
It's not bad in all areas though, it depends where you choose to live and who you associate with. Lots of good opportunities here for me in Arkansas so I choose to live here. Their are nice places in Arkansas like Hot Springs, Little rock, Fayeteville, Etc. Property tax is really low too. It's not that Arkansas is bad but depending on where you live, there is heavy poverty and drug use. It might be a little more than other states but doesn't mean much if you teach your kids right. Their are opportunities here for them to successed but some just do not want to work for it.
Sounds like most every state in the Union.
So am I right in assuming that the drug of choice in Arkansas is meth? I know Missouri has a bad meth problem so figured the same may be true in a bordering state.
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