Athletic RB high on Sun Devils

Arizona State has actively pursued Arkansas running back Damarea Crockett and its effort has resonated enough that the productive rising senior is planning to visit Tempe officially this year.

Two things matter to Arkansas running back prospect Damarea Crockett.

He wants coaches to be honest with him and he cares about the stadium he will play in the future. So far, he said Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell has been recruiting hard and is impressed with Sun Devil Stadium.

Therefore said his interest in Arizona State is “very high.”

“The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Arizona State’s program is, I just think of them and their stadium,” Crockett said. “I look at pictures of their stadium all the time,” Crockett said. “I love it. I like the way it’s built.”

Crockett claims an Arizona State scholarship offer and said he is being recruited by Norvell and the Sun Devils' offensive architect informed him about the overhaul the university is making on Sun Devil Stadium. Crockett likes what he heard about the project.

“He has discussed the renovations that they’re going to do to it,” Crockett said. “I feel like it’s going to look pretty dang nice.”

Now Crockett wants to see Sun Devil Stadium in person. He said he plans to make an official visit to Tempe in September for a home game.

Besides seeing the stadium and campus, Crocket wants to experience the game day atmosphere.

“When I go on that visit, I’m just trying to see the fans with a lot of energy and see how they sell the stadium out,” Crockett said. “I’m just trying to interact with the coaches on game day and just see how the game day flow goes, what all Arizona State does.”

The running back from Little Rock Christian Academy in Little Rock, Ark., is a recruit whose stock is rising in the Southeast. He is three-star back, the No. 1 ranked running back in Arkansas and the No. 86 back in the country.

Crockett said he has discussed the ASU offense with Norvell and likes the fast-paced, multi-dimensional scheme. Crockett said Norvell likes his quickness for a back his size.

Crockett stands at 5-foot-11, weighs 211 pounds and has a verified 40-time of 4.69. Despite being the No. 1 back in the state of Arkansas, Crockett only has one SEC offer, from Vanderbilt.

He said he has 10 total offers, including Arkansas State, Army, Boise State, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Navy and Yale.

Crockett has been busy this offseason and said he already took unofficial visits to Arkansas, Memphis and Oklahoma State. This summer, he said he will take another unofficial to Ole Miss.

Arizona State is the only official visit Crockett has currently planned out.

Like a lot recruits, Crockett is trying to find the coaches that really want him in their program.

“I know that every school is going to tell me what I want to hear,” Crockett said. “I’m just looking to see which coaches that I feel like actually are telling me the truth and really trying to communicate with me and get me to that program.”

Crockett said the way he gauges a coach’s real interest is by communicating a lot with him and asking a lot of questions. He said if the coach reciprocates that interest and reaches out to him, he believes that coach really wants him on his team.

At this point, Crockett said Norvell has been sending the right message.

“Arizona State and coach Norvell have been recruiting me pretty hard,” Crockett said. “I feel like he’s been communicating with me really well.”

Crockett competed in the Nike Opening regional in Dallas and scored highest on the SPARQ test at the event with a score of 123.21.

This summer, Crockett said he will be camping at Arkansas, Memphis and Ole Miss and will not make it to the ASU camp.

He said he should cut down his list to a Top-5 in July and may make his commitment in August or September. He said he is not certain on a timeframe for his commitment.


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