Looking to broaden their recruiting efforts the ULM Warhawks are going into Razorback territory to see if they sneak a prized possession by the Hogs in Morrilton high school athlete Justin Criswell. Morrilton is about 45 minutes north of Little Rock just off I-40.
Criswell (5'9 185) does it all for the Devil Dogs on offense and defense but his team fell short of making the playoffs this season. "Unfortunately Friday was our last game", said Criswell. I scored 2 touchdowns, one running and one receiving".
As a junior Justin ran the ball 70 times for 472 yards and scored 8 touchdowns. He added another 870 yards receiving on 51 catches with four more scores. Oh and he also managed to rack up 110 tackles on defense with 2 interceptions.
October 24th, 2009 will be a night Criswell will not forget. The senior smashed the school record books when he ran for 406 yards on 42 carries and scored 5 touchdowns in a 56-53 loss to Greenbrier. The school record was 308 yards which he set a couple of weeks earlier in a 44-42 loss to Little Rock Christian.
"I didn't know how many yards I had until they told me", said Justin.
While Criswell piled up the offensive numbers this season his best attributes come from the defensive side. "The ULM coaches like me at orner back, that's where they offered me a scholarship. I talk to coach Perkins every week. He thinks I can come in and play my first year. They really like my footwork, I think I could come in and earn some early playing time".
Justin (3.2 GPA, 19 ACT) is planning on visiting the Warhawks this weekend when they host the Western Kentucky Hiltoppers. "I want to check out the campus, the coaches, and the atmosphere. I need to see if Monroe is a place where I will fit in, feel comfortable".
Criswell participated in the US Army All American combine in San Antonio and posted a 4.48 forty yard dash. The Warhawks were the first school in on Justin but he is getting interest now from Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, and Kansas State.