Davon Crookshank has spent his high school football career patterning his running style off Montee Ball. Now, Crookshank will have an opportunity to follow directly in Ball's footsteps at the college level.
Crookshank, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back from Missouri City, Texas, verbally committed over the weekend to play football at the University of Wisconsin, where Ball once starred. In doing so, he became the first running back to commit to the Badgers in the Class of 2015.

"One of his favorite backs of all-time was Montee Ball," said Lloyd Banks, Crookshank's running backs coach at Fort Bend Marshall High School. "So he was always fascinated with Wisconsin and with what they do offensively. He loves it."

Crookshank's head coach, James Williams, added: "We told him that's the kind of runner we wanted him to be. There are a lot of similarities in those two. Lloyd Banks always talks in practice or in games about running that way, downhill, make one cut and go."

If Crookshank approaches the success Ball achieved, it would be quite a college career.
Ball, the 2012 Doak Walker Award winner and a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, is the NCAA's career rushing touchdowns leader (83) and finished second in Wisconsin program history with 5,140 career rushing yards. The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder also averaged 5.6 yards per carry during his college career.

Crookshank ran for 1,095 yards and 18 touchdowns on 126 carries last season as a junior -- a yards-per-carry average of 8.69. He has been a varsity player since his sophomore season, and his team is 21-4 over the past two years. Though the team runs a multiple spread offense, Williams said the team's running plays were based off an inside zone scheme.