The Wisconsin Badgers have reportedly gotten a commitment from Davon Crookshank, a class of 2015 tailback from Fort Bent Marshall High School near Houston.
Crookshank, 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, is the first running back in coach Gary Andersen’s recruiting class for 2015, but of 16 known commitments, Crookshank is the fourth from Texas.
He says he followed Montee Ball while the latter was setting records at Wisconsin.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the commitment.
Crookshank is rated a three-star running back by ESPN Recruiting Nation, which reports he also had offers from Baylor, Colorado, Fresno State, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Memphis and Tulsa.
According to 247 Sports, Crookshank rushed for 1,095 yards on 126 carries with 18 touchdowns as a junior last season.
Recruiting Nation says Crookshank’s biggest strength as a runner is his ability to get to the hole and quickly make a cut. He will take advantage of cutback lanes to break into the second level of the defense and has another gear with which to run away from those defenders.
Size is the knock against him—he just isn’t big enough to be an every down back at this point, but shows the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Crookshank is from Missouri City, Texas, which is right outside of Houston. The Badgers open their 2014 season on Aug. 30 in Houston, taking on LSU at Reliant Stadium.