Boise State Exceeds Crockett's Expectations

Somewhere in the sky between Little Rock, Ark., and Boise, Idaho, running back Damarea Crockett made a decision, one that would ultimately surprise many people and end what has been a roller coaster recruiting process for him.

“On the plane over here, I knew I was going to commit to Boise if it met my expectations,” the 5-foot-11.5, 211-pound athlete told BroncoCountry.

Then, true to his word, Damarea Crockett pulled the trigger Monday evening, committing to the Broncos in person while on an unofficial visit. "It exceeded my expectations", he explained, "I knew that’s where I wanted to be.”

The Little Rock Christian Academy running back, a three-star prospect and a top-10 national recruit at his position, picked Boise State over Vanderbilt and Arizona State, among others.

“I feel like Boise is for real and we are family,” Crockett said. “The players are very close and I want to be a part of that.”

Despite missing out on seeing the famous blue turf in person as it is covered with sod for an exhibition soccer game, Crockett was blown away by his visit to Boise. His experience in the Gem State sealed the deal.

“When I got up here, I felt like they were being honest and real with me,” he said. “The players are like a family. It was amazing.

“There was no humidity here, either. It was nice.”

For some time, Crockett was hoping for an offer from Arkansas, his childhood favorite school. He eventually got tired of waiting and moved on. With his verbal pledge to Boise State made, Crockett says he is solid and nothing will sway him from the Broncos.

“I’m all blue,” he said. “I bleed blue.”

Running backs coach Lee Marks and offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz were the lead recruiters for Crockett. Drinkwitz, entering his first year in charge of Boise State’s play-calling, is establishing himself as one of the top recruiters in the Mountain West Conference.

“It was definitely the relationship with the coaches,” he said of his decision to commit to the Broncos.

Crockett plans on taking one more visit before singing in February – to Boise. He’s not sure if he will be able to during the fall, but he can’t wait to return.

“Depending on my football schedule, I might not make it during the season,” he said. “I will be back to see The Blue.”

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