An already solid offensive line haul just got a four-star upgrade.
Hargave Military Academy offensive tackle Kareem Crowell (6-5, 315), publicly committed to the University of Arkansas on Monday night giving the Razorbacks a Fab Five even while missing out on the state's top-ranked player.
Crowell, a four-star Scout.com who de-committed from Louisville when head coach Bobby Petrino left for the Atlanta Falcons, chose the Razorbacks over Miami and Florida State.
"I am committing to Arkansas and I am very excited about being a Razorback," Crowell said, "I took my visit and it was just a wonderful place with wonderful people, players and coaches. It was not too big and not too small. Just right for me concentrate on my academics and football and not too much else."
The pledge of Crowell is directly related to getting assistant Chris Vaughn back out on the road recruiting because both the coach and the prospect are alums for Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby.
"One of the biggest reasons I am coming to Arkansas is Coach Vaughn," Crowell said. "He recruited me in high school and I signed with Louisville, but he kept caring for me and when I decided this year that Louisville wasn't the place for me now, he came back for Arkansas, got me here and showed me how great a place it is."
Crowell originally committed to Auburn during his senior season at Godby before deciding to join two other teammates in signing with Louisville.
He did not have the ACT score to qualify at Louisville and matriculated to Hargrave, which already has sent Arkansas three current Razorbacks in defensive tackle Marcus Harrison, linebacker Freddie Fairchild and wideout Chris Baker.
He started the first two games at defensive tackle before moving to the offensive line and starting the rest of the season there while flourishing in his new role.
"My biggest strength is my run blocking and my ability to just move people out of the way," Crowell said. "I feel like my season at Hargrave was like a redshirt one and I am ready to come in play right away. I have already been able to play against college JV teams so I am far ahead of where most high school kids would be coming into a program."
Crowell is excited about the prospect of blocking for Arkansas' talented backfield of Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden and Felix Jones – both of whom rushed for over 1,000 yards this past season.
"I can't wait to get up there and block for Darren McFadden and Felix Jones," Crowell said. "I want to help McFadden win the Heisman. I know they lost three starters on the offensive line and there is a chance for me to come in and play right away."
Crowell is now back home in Tallahassee taking an online course, the only thing that he has left to be qualified.
"When I came out of high school all I needed was a higher ACT score," Crowell said. "I got the 19 I needed while at Hargrave last semester.
"But when my stuff went through the Clearing House, they said I needed one more core course," Crowell added. "I am taking that on line at my high school with one of my old teachers making sure I am doing everything right. I'll be fine and ready to go."
Arkansas showed Crowell game film of former Razorback and current NFL offensive lineman Shawn Andrews while the former Florida prep standout was on his official visit.
"They talked about him and showed me some film and told me they thought I could be just like him if I put in the work," Crowell said. "Hopefully I will be as successful as he was in college and join him in the NFL one day."
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