Junior running back Kierre Crossely has known since he was four years old he had a deep love for football after being introduced to the sport by his older brother, Kinard.
Kierre grew up in Fort Worth, Texas with two older brothers, only one of which played football. Crossley played high school football for Everman High School in the Fort Worth area, where he earned All-State and All-District honors as a junior and senior. He led his district in rushing yards from his sophomore to senior seasons and was the nation's second leading rusher as a junior. Kierre holds several school records at Everman High School, including most rushing yards in a career, most rushing yards in a game and the most rushing yards in a playoff game.
Kierre was heavily recruited coming out of high school, earning interest from a number of Division I Universities,including Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Sam Houston State University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
“I had a crazy recruiting process,” Crossley said. “I was originally committed to the University of Louisiana at Monroe, but the head coach got fired and the new staff pulled my scholarship. UCA was the only school who still had a full ride scholarship on the table.”
Kierre had never visited Arkansas until he came to UCA for his official campus visit.
“The first time I came to Arkansas was for the UCA visit,” Crossley said. “I like UCA because it’s not too big or too small. There’s a family culture within the football program and I felt very comfortable being here. I really like the football field too, it’s very unique.”
Crossley started his career at UCA as a redshirt freshman, meaning he would be kept out a season of play to develop his skills on the field while not losing a year of eligibility.
During his first season of play, Kierre earned the Southland Conference Freshman of the year in 2017. Crossley played in all 12 games, starting seven of them and was the Bears second-leading rusher. Crossley recorded 156 rushes for 780 yards and four touchdowns.
Kierre didn’t know how he would adjust to the move from a booming city with hundreds of thousands of people to a smaller, but growing, town.
“The transition wasn’t bad, especially being in college,” Crossley said. “It kept me busy, but when I do have free time, there’s way less to do. In Fort Worth, it’s very easy to find things to do.”
Although he is now far from home, the transition didn’t keep Kierre from staying motivated.
“Kierre has done a great job with his work ethic and time mastering his craft,” head coach Nathan Brown said. “He has turned himself into one of the best running backs in the Southland Conference. Kierre is one of the most competitive kids I’ve ever been around. He wants the ball in his hands during big moments of the game. I really like that he’s that way.”
Kierre is 21 years old and is a sports broadcast major with a minor in journalism. He graduates in the Fall of 2020, and hopes go begin a career in the NFL.
“I want to go to the NFL if I get the opportunity, but I would also like to get into high school coaching or sports broadcasting,” Crossley said.