The University of Arkansas seems poised to add a fourth former Hargrave Military Academy standout to its current roster on Monday night when mammoth offensive lineman Kareem Crowell announces his intentions.
Crowell (6-5, 315), a former Florida prep standout who was committed to Louisville before Bobby Petrino left to take over the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, will make his decision known publicly at 7 p.m.
After de-committing from Louisville, Crowell visited only Arkansas and turned down offers to visit both the University of Miami and Florida State.
"I had a really good visit to Arkansas and got to see everything I needed to see," Crowell said. "There are great coaches there and great facilities and I know they can use me right away."
Current Razorbacks whp matriculated from Hargrave to the University of Arkansas include defensive tackle Marcus Harrison, linebacker Freddie Fairchild and wideout Chris Baker.
In addition, the Razorback basketball team has two former Hargrave alums in Darian Townes and Stefan Welsh.
"Going to Hargrave is just a great thing to help you grow up and really put more discipline in your life," Crowell said. "It is just like redshirting a year to me and you play at a high level and then still have five years to play for once you move on to a major college.
"Getting up at 6 a.m. in the morning and marching to breakfast and having nothing to do but hit the books and practicing is quite a chage," Crowell said. "But it is so good for you."
Crowell has completed his time at Hargarve and is now in Tallahassee working and taking an on-line class to complete his requirements to be qualified.
Arkansas is the verge of adding its 26th commitment in no small part because the program got assistant coach Chris Vaughn back out on the road recruiting in January.
Vaughn and Crowell are from the same high school - Tallahassee Godby.
"Coach Vaughn is my man," Crowell said.
Crowell initially committed to Auburn his senior season, but decided to sign along with two other Godby standouts with Louisville.
He chose the Cardinals over Auburn, Nebraska, Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Illinois, Maryland and others out of Godby.
Ironically, Crowell got to see something he had never seen before in his life on his visit to Fayetteville. That was snow.
"That was so cool," Crowell said. "I've never seen anything like that in my life."
It was part of a overall impressive visit according to Crowell.
"I had a great visit," Crowell said. "Arkansas has great facilities - like the biggest weight room I have ever seen in my life - an indoor practice field, two outdoor ones and a great stadium. Coach Vaughn is really cool and there's just a lot about it to love."
Crowell played two games on the defensive line for Hargave this season before switching to the offensive line for the rest of the season.
"I think it was a great move for me because that is where I am going to be playing in college and maybe in the NFL if I can work hard," Crowell said. "I feel like I move really well and am strong and have what I need to be a great lineman."
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