Three-star 2016 running back Damarea Crockett turned heads a sophomore at Camden (Ark.) Fairview and he is now getting adjusted to his new surroundings at Little Rock Christian.
He has not been in Little Rock long, but he has hit the ground running.
"It's great," Crockett said. "I'm just picking up all the plays and hanging out with my teammates a lot. I'm trying to get chemistry with them. I've been working out with my quarterback outside of football so we can get chemistry together. It's just been a great experience being up here in Little Rock and having more exposure and better surroundings."
The 5-foot-11, 197-pound Crockett totaled around 900 all-purpose yards as a sophomore in 2013, and he hopes to see improvement in 2014. He has high hopes for his production and that of his teammates.
"I just want to have a great season and better my stats from last year," Crockett said. "And see if I can get more scholarships and carry my team to playoffs and see if we can take state."
Crockett had a productive offseason with stops at Arkansas, Auburn, and Memphis camps during the summer months. There were aspects of each camp which stood out.
At Arkansas it was running backs coach Joel Thomas.
"I liked the running backs coach," Crockett said. "He had great energy and you could tell he was committed to really watching us and getting us better at the camp. He was a disciplined coach and I like that."
At Auburn there were a couple of things.
"I loved it. They had great facilities," Crockett said. "The running backs coach, Tim Horton, is a nice guy, a great guy."
And the camp experience which stood out the most among the three was Memphis.
"Memphis, I really liked the way they were organized and had their camp setup," Crockett said. "It ran really smooth and their running backs coach was a nice man too."
Following the Memphis camp Crockett toured the campus and then the Tigers extended the first scholarship offer. Arkansas and Auburn continue to show considerable interest, and all three programs could be in line for unofficial visits in the fall.
"I know I'm going to attend games in Fayetteville and Memphis and I'm going to get to Auburn if I can," Crockett said.
Crockett is currently ranked No. 20 among the nation's 2016 running backs, and No. 6 in the Rivals.com Arkansas Initial Top 10 of 2016.