Broadway's Star

Shreveport Evangel star Ramon Broadway (5-10, 180, 4.3) joins friends Damian Williams and London Crawford in committing to sign with the University of Arkansas, who will is happy about the class it is going to land on national signing day.

The talk started just after the new year.

While in Shreveport practicing for Max Emfinger's All-American Bowl Game Classic, Springdale receiver Damian Williams called Mobile (Ala.).

Davidson receiver London Crawford and athlete Ramon Broadway of Shreveport (La.) Evangel athlete together to discuss a plan.

"Damian actually pulled us to the side and got into a serious conversation about all of us going to Arkansas," Broadway said Tuesday. "Now our dreams are coming true."

Monday, Williams and Crawford changed their commitments to Arkansas. Tuesday, Broadway (5-9, 180, 4.3) followed suit, choosing to join his buddies in Fayetteville.

All three were previously committed elsewhere — Williams to Florida, Crawford to LSU and Broadway to Southern Miss.

It wasn't until the last few days, though, that the talk of all three joining each other at Arkansas came to fruition when Crawford switched in the morning and Williams announced his decision in an evening press conference.

Broadway informed Southern Miss coaches of his decision Tuesday morning.

"It wasn't good," Broadway said. "But they knew where my heart was.

"But I wasn't going to come without those guys. I wasn't going to decommit without them."

Evangel coach Ronnie Alexander thinks Arkansas is getting a steal.

"He's is just a great athlete with exceptional speed and strength that overcomes his size," Alexander said. "He is a real powerful kid who bench presses over 330 pounds, has a great vertical jump and is very explosive.

"I think he would make a great running back in college, but Arkansas doesn't need any back," Alexander added. "They have a future Heisman Trophy winner there in Darren McFadden and one who is just about as good in Felix Jones.

"They are going to bring him in, evaluate him and give him the opportunity to play somewhere," Alexander continued. "I think he is going to have a lot of success because of his drive and determination."

Heading into Wednesday's signing day, Arkansas has 26 players committed, including one mid-term signee who counts back to the 2005 class. Another, Broadway's high school teammate safety Dan Kreamer, has said he would walk on at Arkansas.

Broadway (5-10, 180, 4.3) is one of the quickest in the class.

"You will not see a faster kid ever," Alexander said. "It's amazing how fast he is."

Despite his size, Broadway said he would rather play defensive back in college.

"And I want to play a lot of special teams," he said. "But I'd also love to play on the same side of the ball as (Crawford and Williams)."

If he does play on offense, Broadway will be plenty familiar with new Razorbacks' offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's hurry-up, no-huddle system.

Broadway had to try to defend it the past two years when his Evangel team played Malzahn's Springdale squad.

"Gus is going to keep (defenses) up all night," Broadway said. "I didn't sleep the week we played Springdale.

"Getting prepared for coach Malzahn, I think those other guys have their work cut out for them."

Broadway scored the lone Evangel touchdown in Springdale's 35-7 win in Shreveport to start last season.

Broadway said he would have a signing ceremony at his school at 10 a.m. Wednesday, but would likely have his paperwork to Arkansas well before that.


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