London Calling Razorbacks

Arkansas gets a huge flip at the wideout spot when Mobile (Ala.) Davidson star London Crawford (6-3, 205, 4.4) - a good friend of Springdale star Damian Williams - decommits from LSU and becomes Arkansas' 24th verbal commitment of the 2006 class.

There has long been rumored that a three-player deal was in the works for a glorious finish when it came to University of Arkansas recruiting.

Parts one and two are now in the books.

Mobile (Ala.) wideout London Crawford (6-3, 205, 4.4) decomitted from LSU on Monday morning, became the Razorbacks' 24th verbal pledge of the 2006 class and will sign with Arkansas on Wednesday.

"I went to LSU last weekend and it was great, but I just wasn't feeling that same family thing I get at Arkansas," Crawford said. "So I thought about it and decided I needed to be at Arkansas. I love the coaches and the facilities."

Damian Williams - who was committed to Florida - flipped to Arkansas on Monday as well while Shreveport Evangel athlete Ramon Broadway is still contemplating joining his friends as Arkansas recruits.

"I've got of stuff working right now and I just need to sit back and take it all in," Broadway said. 'I am going to make a signing day announcement.

"There is Arkansas. Southern Mississippi, Northwestern State and Louisiana Tech," Broadway added. "I don't know how all that got out about Damian and London and me. They are my boys, but I've got to think about everything."

It was a stressful day for Davidson head coach Fred Riley, who thought this would all get out on Tuesday.

"Yes, that did happen this morning," Riley said. "London came in and we talked about it and then we called (Arkansas head) Coach (Houston) Nutt to let him know and then the LSU coaches to let them know.

"It actually wasn't suppose to come out until Tuesday, but word got leaked out of the LSU offices somehow so I guess we'll just go ahead with it," Riley said. "He is going to sign with Arkansas."

Crawford had 31 catches for 837 yards and 7 touchdowns this season, an average of 27 yards per catch. He also had 6 carries for 32 yards and a score while playing in nine games this season.

He plans on catching a lot of passes at Arkansas under new offensive coordinator Gus Mahlzahn, who was Williams ' head coach.

"I watched a DVD of their (Springdale) offense and it just got me all excited," Crawford said. "As a guy who catches passes, I can't wait. It's going to be a great deal for me and all the wide receivers."

"Obviously he is 6-3, 205 and runs a 4.4 and they just don't come along like that too often," Riley said. "He is a gifted athlete physically and is just going to do some great things on the college level just as he did here in high school."

Crawford does have some work to do in the classroom before becoming eligible at Arkansas.

"He does have some work to do, but it is very doable, it's just up to him," Riley said. "Right now he is in four core courses and has a 16 on his ACT. He has to to pass those courses and up that score, but I am confidence he will get it done. We won't know until the end of spring.

"I think him becoming a better student is just part of the maturation process," Riley said. "With that, not only will he become a better student, but it will help make him a star in the SEC."

Crawford is one of 12 players on Davidson's team that are signing scholarships on Wednesday with one headed to UAB and 10 others signing Division I-AA scholarships.

"As you can imagine, it's been a madhouse around here today with this getting out before it was suppose to and all the calls," Riley said. "I don't like the decommiting process, but I do want the kids to be happy and going to Arkansas is what is going to make London happy."


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