One of the more likely candidates to become the fifth in-state junior offered by Arkansas will be on campus this weekend.
Little Rock Christian tailback Damarea Crockett (6-0, 210), who rushed for 1,250 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, will take in the Razorbacks’ open scrimmage on Saturday.
“I am looking forward to coming up there, but I guess if I were to get an offer, it would kind of take me by surprise,” Crockett said. “But I would be really excited by it.
“(Arkansas assistant) Coach (Barry) Lunney has just told me that he wants me to come up, they are really looking at me and maybe something will work out.”
Crockett has already gathered up seven offers - including ones from Vanderbilt, Boise State, Arizona State, Memphis, Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech and one from Yale.
He’s also getting interest from schools such as Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Missouri, Notre Dame, Washington and Arizona.
“I was pretty honored with the Yale offer,” Crockett said. “That doesn't just happen every day and I am certainly giving it some consideration.
“There are going to be a lot of factors that go into my decision and certainly academics and the opportunity to get that type of education is going to be one of those.”
Crockett put up the nation’s best SPARQ score last month and is a candidate to be invited the Nike’s prestigious camp The Opening on July 5-10 in Beaverton, Oregon.
He will automatically qualify to join Hope defensive end McTelvin Agim and some other 160 invitees if his score remains in the top 10.
“The Opening people have stayed in contact with me and I am thinking that I am going to get that opportunity,” Crockett said. “It is something that I really hope works out.”
Arkansas has become a school that Crockett has followed in the past few years.
“I really didn’t have a school growing up, but as I have gotten older I have become a fan of the Razorbacks and followed what they are doing,” Crockett said.
He was impressed with how the Razorbacks turned the season around in 2014 by winning three of their last four games.
“I think late in the year that started playing hard, playing together and not making the mistakes that were costing them games,” Crockett said. “I think Arkansas is on the brink of something great.”
Crockett played his sophomore season at Camden Fairview before taking his talents to Little Rock Christian as a junior.
“Coming to Little Rock Christian is one of the best moves, one of the best decisions that I have made it my life,” Crockett said. “There are so many great people, great influences to be around and I have really enjoyed it.”
Crockett has a bench press of 315 and a squat of 500 as well as a 40.3 inch vertical that was recently measured in Dallas.
“I feel like my strengths out there on the field are that I hit the hole hard and run downhill, but that I also have the speed to take it to the house after I make that one cut,” Crockett said.