Despite favoring LSU and Alabama throughout his high school days, Louisiana’s top-ranked prospect from the 2012 class remained uncommitted throughout the recruiting process.
That changed on Thursday night.
In a live announcement during the fourth quarter at the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., former Dutchtown star Landon Collins gave his verbal pledge to Alabama over LSU – much to the apparent chagrin of the family that surrounded him on stage.
“It’s a tough decision,” Collins said. “I have both schools here, but I am going to go with ‘Roll Tide, Roll.’”
Collins put on Alabama gloves, but his mother, April Justin, didn’t show any emotion.
When asked her stance, Collins’ mother, in a rare recruiting back-and-forth caught on live television, said she felt her son was making the wrong decision.
“I feel LSU is the better place for him to be,” Justin said. “LSU Tigers, No. 1. Go Tigers!”
Collins’ father, Thomas Collins, was also at the Under Armour Bowl week, but he was not on stage for the decision.
“It was very difficult,” Collins said. “Both teams are top-notch to me and I feel at home at both schools.
“I felt at home more (at Alabama). I just love the coaches and the coaching staff and the players I am going to be playing with.”
While his mother held up LSU gloves and her son held up Alabama gloves, the New Orleans native and five-star safety prospect seemed to be at a loss for words.
“I don’t know what to say about it,” Collins said. “I guess she will still support me.”
Stay tuned to TigerSportsDigest.com as the story unfolds.