After much speculation Alex Collins is headed to the NFL. The Razorback running back announced his decision earlier today.

“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 want to thank the coaching staff, academic staff, and my teammates for helping make my time at the University of Arkansas successful. There is no way to truly express how thankful I am for the love and support the Arkansas fans have given me over the past three years. Without a doubt there are no better college fans then the Hog fans. I hope I make you proud at the next level.”

We speculated last week that Collins would probably enter the draft and skip his senior year in Fayetteville.

Collins is considered one of the best backs in the upcoming draft. He’s thought to be a second to mid-round pick in April. Collins’ stock will likely climb once he gets to do some private workouts for team in a few months. Teams that need help at running back like the Titans and Jets would be an ideal fit for the former Hog.

Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema released a statement about Collins’ departure and wished him well in the NFL.

“Alex and I have had a very long and uncommon story that has been something I will never forget. We wish Alex nothing but success in the NFL and will assist him to finish his degree here at the University of Arkansas.”

In addition to Collins other Razorbacks in the 2016 NFL draft include TE Hunter Henry, QB Brandon Allen, RB Jonathan Williams, OT Denver Kirkland and G Sebastian Tretola.