Shreveport (La.) Evangel safety Dan Kreamer knows exactly where he wants to play his college football.
"I want to go to the University of Arkansas and be a Razorback, no doubt about it," Kreamer said Tuesday night. "I have always loved Arkansas, I love (UA head) Coach (Houston) Nutt, the city it is in, just everything about it."
Kreamer (6-1, 195, 4.5) has just one problem to work out - something he hopes to do on his official visit to Fayetteville this weekend.
That is he doesn't have an offer at this moment from the Razorbacks, yet does from McNeese State (where his older brother plays and he visited last weekend), Memphis, Illinois, Tulsa and Northwestern (La.) State.
"Arkansas has mentioned me walking on and that's a lot to think about since I have full rides to the other places and I would have to pay out-of-state tuition and all that," Kreamer said. "But that's what I am hoping to get worked out this weekend. If I have to walk on would it be for a semester or a year and things like that? I hope everything works out because I want to be a Razorback."
The Evangel star had a whopping 136 tackles and four interceptions as a junior and that was enough to earn him a scholarship offer from former LSU head coach Nick Saban before Saban left for the NFL's Miami Dolphins.
"He came and watched me play and said we've got to have you, you are a great football player," Kreamer said. "That made me feel great."
He also had offers from Florida, Auburn, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Big 10 school Northwestern entering his senior season and Arkansas was on the verge of joining that group when Kreamer tore his ACL while playing quarterback in Evangel's third game of the season.
"Then all of those schools pulled their offers," Kreamer said. "Both the injury and those schools pulling the offers was devastating to me for awhile, but I got offer it and just resolved to rehab, come back bigger, better and stronger and make those schools wish they hadn't have done that."
Arkansas had not offered yet, but Nutt told Kreamer they were planning to do so and were still very interested in the young man.
"He told me and I understood that it is very hard to offer a guy at my position who has had a knee injury like I did, but that they really liked me and wanted to find a way for me to be part of the program," Kreamer said. "That made me feel very good and they have stayed with me and are doing their best to work out what they can. I appreciate that and it just makes me want to play for Coach Nutt and Arkansas more."
Evangel head coach Ronnie Alexander, whose team won the Class 1A State title, can't say enough good things about Kreamer.
"He started for three years for us at free safety for us before we had to move him to quarterback this season," Alexander said. "I'll be honest with you, he is the best one we have ever had here. He was a great player in high school for us and he is going to be a great player for Arkansas or someone in college.
"He will absolutely knock your head off, had a great ability to find the ball and he can flat out cover anybody," Alexander added. "Those who got off of him because that knee injury are going to be truly regretting this one day."
Kreamer is one of two Evangel players that Arkansas is involved with as athlete Ramon Broadway (5-10, 190, 4.4) was in Fayetteville visiting last weekend.
"We have been together since the sixth grade and we both want to be Razorbacks," Kreamer said. "I hope it works out for both of us."
He also has a few other guys that he wouldn't mind being on the same team with and that's the Springdale contingent of quarterback Mitch Mustain, tight end Ben Cleveland and wideout Andrew Norman, who have all committed to Arkansas and are trying to get Red Bulldogs wideout Damian Williams to do the same.
"Ben and I have become pretty good friends and I went to see him play in the All-star game they had here in Shreveport," Kreamer said. "Mitch, well, he is just a great, great quarterback and I want to be on that same team, one I think is going to be just great in the future."
Kreamer's Razorback Ready
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