Did you ever see this coming for mega-prospect Isaiah Crowell?

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Once upon a time, Isaiah Crowell — an AJC Super 11 selection who is considered by some to be the nation’s No. 1 college football prospect at tailback — had planned to announce his highly-anticipated college decision after Carver-Columbus won Friday’s state championship at the Georgia Dome.

At the time, some may have interpreted Crowell’s confidence in his team as, well, overconfidence. Don’t count me among them. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with thinking your high school football team will win it all. Actually, there may be something wrong if you don’t think your team will  have a chance at winning  it all.

Most players — whether they say it publicly or keep it to themselves privately — feel that way about their team anyways. Crowell’s comments of confidence are very well known … not for cockiness, as much as reporters constantly  prodding him about when he wished to reveal his college choice — Alabama or Georgia, among others. Everybody wants to know the future college for the “next Marcus Lattimore,” who has proven yet again that one great player can change a program’s fortunes instantly.

Back to Crowell: We know the rest of the story. There won’t be any Friday announcement at the Georgia Dome because No. 1 Carver suffered a stunning 27-14 upset to Calhoun in last weekend’s Class AA semifinals. However, Crowell had already told Scout’s Chad Simmons a few days before last week’s game that he was delaying his decision until signing day.

Isaiah Crowell had an unexpected ending to his senior year (AJC photo)

Isaiah Crowell had an unexpected ending to his senior year (AJC photo)

How did Crowell do in the game? He rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries. Calhoun coach Hal Lamb told the Chattanooga Times: “We did an unbelievable job on him. We kept hitting him and hitting him. That was our goal and he got frustrated. Our kids never quit and I truly believe in our football team. A lot of people didn’t expect us to win tonight. I’m so proud of our football team. We as a football team believed we could win.”

Crowell was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting the Calhoun crowd following a 50-yard TD run that was called back due to a penalty. He was also observed yelling and complaining on the field and on the sideline throughout the game, according to the AJC’s Chip Towers. “Calhoun did a great job on defense and tackled really well Friday night. They didn’t allow any of the explosive runs he is accustomed to,” Carver coach Dell McGee told the AJC on Monday. “Isaiah’s a very competitive person and he wears his emotions on the outside sometimes. He’s got to mature in that regard because it’s definitely going to get tougher on the next level.”

Now it’s YOUR turn: What are your thoughts on Crowell? And what do you think about the Carver loss? I have to admit I never saw that coming. I thought Carver, with its boatload of blue-chip prospects, might be the state’s best overall team (or most talented), regardless of classification.

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125 comments Add your comment

RealDawg

December 7th, 2010
2:15 am

Football is a team sport. So yes.

RealDawg

December 7th, 2010
2:22 am

I just hope his swagger comes with some humility. UGA needs a top tier running back whether its Crowell or another prospect. In reality, only time will tell if he lives up to the hype.

Remarkable

December 7th, 2010
2:23 am

Shocking is one word that comes to mind, but most games come down to two or three plays that just go the winners way. Look at many of the college or pro games last week for prime examples.

Isaiah, we’re still looking forward to seeing you as a DAWG! They don’t call it Tailback U for nothing.

Halsey

December 7th, 2010
2:58 am

Lattimore is being overrated. He didn’t do it by himself. South Carolina has numerous good players, including Alshon Jeffery and Stephon Gilmore. It also helped Carolina that UGA, Florida and Tennesee were down. Crowell is not going to singlehandedly do anything either. UGA has numerous other issues to address as well, including improving the play on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Crowell is only a nice piece to a big puzzle.

The Dude

December 7th, 2010
3:38 am

Crowell will be nice to have, lets just hope he can actually produce on the next level. Who would be a nicer compelement; Ealey, King, or Thomas?.

Either way, I’m more interested in seeing if we can sign that JUCO NT John Jenkins.

lobosolo

December 7th, 2010
4:54 am

Just what Georgia needs… another teenager with no class and an idiot mind… does sportsmanship get taught on ANY level anymore?

romedawg

December 7th, 2010
5:21 am

Calhoun has been to the Championship game three years in a row. They have a lot of talent. No I am not surprised.

Bama Fan #2

December 7th, 2010
5:41 am

Alabama is after 3 running backs in the 2011 class Crowell,Dee Hart from Orlando Fl. and
the latest Hill kid from Louisana who was a LSU commit who visited Bama this past week
end. A few hours ago he decommited from his LSU commit and looks like Bama is very
very interested in getting him to play for the crimson tide and reports are that Dee Hart is
a silence commitment to the Alabama coaching staff so where does that leave Crowell only
one thing to be a Georgia Dawg!!! RTR

Dr. P.

December 7th, 2010
5:57 am

wish Richt had some of that fire in him ! Richt doesn’t want that kinda player except for the fact that Isiah will save Richt’s job !! Richt has gotta go and Isiah has gotta sign with the Dawgs. For Richt, everything is “in Gawd’s hands” or it’s “Gawd’s will”. He has the same cop out mentality that avoids taking personal responsibility for the disgraceful deterioration of UGa football on and off the field.

romedawg

December 7th, 2010
6:10 am

With the exception of colorado, Georgia lost to some very good teams. Richt will turn it around.

Gold Jacket

December 7th, 2010
6:24 am

Like most ” Super Stars ” …they all are dumb jerks!..Cam Newton ia a good example!

blade

December 7th, 2010
6:34 am

everyone is talking about this kid, take a look at the kid from Whitewater High School, Josh Clemons. I’m pretty sure he would serve UGA much better than the kid from Carver Columbus. When teams knew he was gonna get the ball, they still couldn’t stop him. Take a look at the strength of talent Clemons faced, compared to Crowell’s talent.

dawgerbrown

December 7th, 2010
6:36 am

It’s not unusual to have a high school team that has better than average players playing hard at every position beat one that has 5 or 6 “blue chip” players, but is not as deep across the board. Crowell has to grow up, and he will, he’s been the BIG FISH in the little pond. But, that will change once he gets to college.

Danny Brooks

December 7th, 2010
6:43 am

I love it…. shows he really cares about winning. With that being said, it needs to be channeled in the right way and he’s not blaming…. he has to ensure he is motivating his teammates and not pointing the finger. Where was the story last year in the dome when Da’rick lost in the championship game after really being held in check by Buford and he would shake anyones hand, or go up and receive the team award? Why all the negativity on one player by the AJC?

UGASlobberknocker

December 7th, 2010
6:45 am

There are some people who can turn anything into a reason to bash Coach Richt. Crowell acts out in high school, and Dr. P above turns it into another rant on Richt. People..Richt is going nowhere any time soon. So get used to it or go root for somebody else..all of this bitching and moaning is destructive.

Paddy

December 7th, 2010
6:59 am

I have a question; did the coach sit his player after he taunted the opositions crowd? If the answer is no, then this coach has lost control of his HS team or never had control to begin with.

Tom E. Gunn

December 7th, 2010
7:01 am

Saw the game. IF any coach takes Crowell at the D1 level after the display he put on, then they are asking for trouble. The article failed to mention that Calhoun’s RB, gained 124 yds on that “blue chip” defense. Where are his offers?

Chief

December 7th, 2010
7:19 am

I hope Crowell commits to UGA, but UGA would be well-served to go to the Buford game and take a look at Dominique Swope. The boy can play and he is under the radar.

TroganTrue

December 7th, 2010
7:23 am

The best players who are that competitive show emotion like that. It was the first time he was put in that situation all year long. This is the only team he did not run over and it frustrated him. GREAT players do act that way and I am sure the Calhoun player probably taunted him to get him out of his game. I was not at the game, but I heard someone state that the Calhoun was hitting him out of bounds. Regardless, if this is the only issue, I would love him to come to UGA.

Swope supporter

December 7th, 2010
7:41 am

Swope is a beast!!! He carries tacklers an extra 5 yards each play.

Wildawg

December 7th, 2010
7:42 am

I would love to see him in Red and Black, but unless he grows into a 6′5 350lb nose guard he won’t be UGA’s answer this year. Our problem wasn’t scoring points, it was allowing them.

ty

December 7th, 2010
7:54 am

Swopes got kicked of a team as a Sophomore for his behavior. Maybe he has grown up some. But The University of Buford keeps recruiting the best.

Monroe's first Redcoat

December 7th, 2010
7:55 am

Crowell’s on-field display shows an all-too-common immaturity among so-called ’star’ players. What, did he expect Calhoun’s defense to roll over for him because he is Isiah the Great? If he can’t handle being schooled at the high school level, his college career will last until the first time he gets nailed for negative yardage and stats ranting and raving like he did Friday. Grow up, kid. You ain’t the only fish in the pond.

MURPHY

December 7th, 2010
7:59 am

Been telling people this for a month.He has a crappy attitude! He is a all me player.UGA should not put all thier eggs in the Crowell basket.Plenty of other good running backs to recruit.

what?

December 7th, 2010
8:00 am

@ty- it is actually Swope and his brother (Andrew Swope) played at Buford his whole high school career,he moved to Buford last year in March to be with his family. way to make yourself look dumb on this blog, idiot

hcfollower

December 7th, 2010
8:16 am

Crowell is a beast as is Gabe Wright who uga with probly lose to au but for that taunting call it the game last Fri that was PURELY a home town call. Needless to say that one play didn’t cost them the game,

TONE

December 7th, 2010
8:38 am

If the touchdown run didn’t count then the play never happened so he was shafted on the unsportsmanlike penalty. the constant screaming on the sideline that is a problem it may be better for bama or auburn to get him they can take problems and make them walk the line or either their problems get swept under the table huh wonder which one .
hint newton hint

LaGrange2008

December 7th, 2010
8:39 am

Calhoun coach said that his team did a good job containing Crowell. I didn’t see it that way. He had 95 yards on 20 carries. He had another touchdown of 55 yards called back. A couple of times it was 2nd and 2 and Carver threw the ball incomplete. Then again on 3rd and 2 on the same drive. The whole night he was one step away from breaking another one but did not get the ball in those key situation. I was hoping Carver road that horse a little more.

footballguy

December 7th, 2010
8:42 am

Calhoun has not been respected all season long. They will hit you hard all night long. They are well conditoned athletes that are hungry for a state championship. Carver was overconfident.
They weren’t used to getting whipped like they did. Calhoun will win on Friday. Go Jackets!!!!!!!!!!

Ga, man

December 7th, 2010
8:45 am

look out for Auburn

coachx

December 7th, 2010
8:45 am

Sounds like another thug to me. He has a lot of maturing to do.

LaGrange2008

December 7th, 2010
8:46 am

@ Tone. Unsportsman like conduct can happen at anytime. During live play or as a dead ball foul. Even though the tocuhdwon was called back he can still be penalized for a deadball foul. For example, if he would have gone onto the sideline and punched another player then he could still be ejected. As far as the penalty, IMO he should have not been called for it. I mean, he was just celebrating after an impressive run. To me, it’s a double edged sord because some of the people on the sideline was jawing at him before the game started etc. Sometimes the rules take some of the fun out of the game.

coachx

December 7th, 2010
8:47 am

I think people are more suprised with Crowell’s thug like actions during the game then the fact that they lost a game to a team who has been in the Championship game 3 years in a row.

B-TownWolves4Peat

December 7th, 2010
8:54 am

4peat plans are still on track

TONE

December 7th, 2010
9:00 am

Got LaGrange2008 it the penalty was kinda provoked like in the nfl when the man taking up for himself always gets the penalty.

TONE

December 7th, 2010
9:02 am

not saying he was justified just that he had been provoked earlier

Jefferson

December 7th, 2010
9:03 am

Good luck to him, Calhoun’s D stepped up.

Walker, Texas Ranger

December 7th, 2010
9:14 am

Not suprised, saw the No. 1 Carver team get beat by Flowery Branch last year in AAA. They can not beat teams with that are well coached that buy into a game plan. I would love to have seen a rematch with Buford. I think round 2 would be quite different

Jefferson

December 7th, 2010
9:17 am

BTW, I didn’t think it was a “stunning” upset as the writer says, more of the mild variety. Calhoun came in #3 and 13-0, Carver 13-0 #1, Carver left 13-1. Good game — one big one to go.

SEC fan

December 7th, 2010
9:17 am

Can’t wait to see he and “Champ” LeMay in the same backfield. Talk about a couple of entitled jerks!

BW

December 7th, 2010
9:23 am

If he goes to Bama we better grow up quick or he won’t last long in that environment.

David

December 7th, 2010
9:23 am

You ran out of topics to write about didn’t you? There is no story here. Who cares what we think on this topic? Damn dude, we are in the middle of football season and you write this piece of crap?

UgaLeeDawg

December 7th, 2010
9:27 am

Amazing what happens when ya don’t get the south GA referees ain’t it?

Jefferson

December 7th, 2010
9:36 am

Both backs had big plays called back in the game. Crowell’s blast up the middle, he was gone — nobody around. Holding. Christian’s screen pass, down the sideline outruns the defense, illegal man downfield (pass over line). Game was tight. Buford was wanting a rematch with Carver, Calhoun was wanting one with Buford.

schmeckdawg

December 7th, 2010
9:40 am

I said at the beginning of the year that The University of Buford would win it all and I am not changing now!

layinlow

December 7th, 2010
9:44 am

He got TWO unsportsmanlike penaties not one. I love all the apologist who probably didn’t even actually watch the game. The celebration penalty wasn’t even the tip of the iceberg. This guy has a serious attitude problem. He was an eyelash form being tossed from the game for REPEATED poor conduct. Several times his coaches took him out of the game to try and calm the crybaby down.

CDAWG

December 7th, 2010
9:54 am

I know Crowell appears to be a really good running back and I hope UGA gets him. With that being said nothing is being said about freshman Ken Malcome. He is a little bigger than Crowell. What is everyone’s thoughts about Malcome? He was a pretty good back at SW Dekalb.

bruce mac

December 7th, 2010
10:20 am

All I know is he will look good in Red and Black. All of you Yech fans are correct, he would never fit in at Yech. He wants to win too bad to fit in there. The Yech players kiss and hug opponents after every game, this kid would have no part of that. Go Dawgs.

MURPHY

December 7th, 2010
10:21 am

CDAWG,

Saw Malcome play in high school,I can wait to see him play at UGA.Reminds me of a Rodney Hampton.Faster than people expect.

Worm

December 7th, 2010
10:23 am

Hal Lamb completely out-coached Dell McGee…If he’d had Carver’s talent, the score would’ve been much worse.