Broadway Adds To Hogs Class

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas' recruiting class added another player Tuesday, the day before national signing day.

Shreveport (La.) Evangel athlete Ramon Broadway was rumored to be a package deal with London Crawford and Damian Williams after the three developed a friendship at Max Emfinger's All-American Bowl Game Classic earlier this month.

After receivers Crawford and Williams both switched their commitments to the Razorbacks on Monday, Broadway, an athlete, followed suit the next morning.

Broadway informed Southern Mississippi coaches of his decision Tuesday morning. He had previously been committed there. He then went public with his decision Tuesday afternoon.

Heading into signing day, has Arkansas' class of commitments ranked No. 8 in the Southeastern Conference and No. 30 nationally.

Florida is No. 1, followed by Texas, Southern California, Notre Dame and Georgia. Other SEC schools ranked above Arkansas include LSU (7), Auburn (11), Ole Miss (12), Alabama (20) and Tennessee (21). South Carolina (33), Kentucky (34), Mississippi State (37) and Vanderbilt (58) are ranked behind Arkansas.

The Razorbacks could add another on signing day as Houston Eisenhower cornerback Mister Alexander said Tuesday he would choose between Arkansas and Florida State at 9 a.m.

Broadway, Crawford and Williams started discussing the possibility of all three playing in Fayetteville in early January at the game in Shreveport.

"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."

Williams was then committed to Florida and Crawford to LSU.

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 news conference.

Broadway informed Southern Mississippi 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."

Despite his size (5-feet-10, 180 pounds), 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).

Heading into today'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 and Kreamer are already familiar with several of their soon-to-be teammates, as Evangel played Springdale the last two years.

Four Springdale players will sign with the Razorbacks this afternoon in a 2:45 p.m. signing ceremony at Springdale High. Andrew Norman and Mitch Mustain both committed to Arkansas before the season although Mustain reopened his recruitment before settling back on Arkansas. Tight end Ben Cleveland and Williams both committed to Florida initially before changing to the Razorbacks.

They will be joined by teammates Bartley Webb, who is signing with Notre Dame, and Matt Clinkscales, who will sign with Central Arkansas.

Broadway will also be playing for Springdale's former coach, Gus Malzahn, who was hired in December as Arkansas' offensive coordinator.

"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.

The Razorbacks are also expected to add three more in-state prospects --Pocahontas offensive lineman Jim Hart, North Little Rock linebacker Van Stumon and Ashdown wide receiver Dee Williams.

After a brief flirtation with Washington State over the weekend, Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College defensive lineman Freddie Barnett is expected to sign with the Razorbacks a second time. Barnett also signed with Arkansas as a senior at Arkansas High in Texarkana but was forced to go the junior college route to gain eligibility.

Barnett is one of three juco players who will likely sign --all brought in to bolster Reggie Herring's defense.

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M defensive end Chris Wade (6-6, 255, 4.6) and Alfred State (N.Y.) College free safety Matt Hewitt (6-3, 205, 4.6) have also committed to the Razorbacks.

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