Carver-Columbus RB Isaiah Crowell — high school legend? Or not quite? You vote

Is Carver-Columbus RB Isaiah Crowell worthy of the hype?

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Would you say that Isaiah Crowell is a LEGEND of Georgia high school football?

This is not about Crowell being one of the most-heavily recruited college prospects out of Georgia. That’s already a given. UGA and Alabama fans — along with Crowell himself — think he may be the “next Marcus Lattimore.”

But that’s next season. We’re talking about this season. Was he one of the greatest football players — while in high school — from Georgia?

Crowell never did lead Carver-Columbus to the state championship, as many expected him to do this year. He finished with 1,721 yards rushing on 147 carries and 18 TDs as a senior. In his last game, Crowell was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting the Calhoun crowd after a long TD run was called back due to a penalty and reportedly seen yelling and complaining on the sidelines. There was/is a lot of pressure on the wonderkid.

Back to the topic: Are those stats and Carver’s trip that stopped short in the Class AA semifinals enough to secure Crowell’s legendary status? Or do 5-star tailbacks need to hoist state championship trophies to cement their legacy? Is he in the same class as other Georgia high school greats as Johnson County’s Herschel Walker and Commerce’s Monte Williams? [Williams was the best I ever saw.]

I don’t feel strongly either way about Crowell. I did have a chance to catch a couple of his games on TV and he made some dazzling plays. Then again, Carver was one of the most talent-stacked teams in the state. In other words, opposing defenses could not focus solely on Crowell with so many other major-college prospects as his teammates. Former standout tailbacks from Georgia, (and we’re throwing out names here) such as M.L. King’s Mack Brown (Florida) and Collins Hill’s Charles Perkins (Georgia Tech), didn’t have anywhere near the supporting cast.

Whether it’s fair or not, many will likely base their opinion of Crowell’s star power from high school on his performance in the Under Armour All-Star game at 6 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN.

What do you think of Crowell’s lasting impact in high school? Legend or No Legend? Please post your comments below.

59 comments Add your comment

Doc

January 4th, 2011
10:32 pm

Crowell was pampered in high school, took off most plays, and should’ve rushed for 3,000 yards with a team of college allstars around him vs. weak, weak competition. He is an average high school running back with a lot of future potential to be a star. I hope Saban makes him get it together at Bama.

brian white

January 4th, 2011
10:33 pm

ealey is a high school legend. but not uga legend,at least not yet.

Ego Police

January 4th, 2011
10:38 pm

It’s articles like this that make a high school kid’s head grow to the size of a hot air balloon.

Crowell, enjoy the “you the man” treatment from all these college coaches and recruiters TODAY, but the day you sign the dotted line, and arrive on campus, your butt will be the ABSOLUTE BOTTOM of the totem poll, in the eyes of the coaches and upper classman teammates who will want to make you know your place.

I hope you end up at UGA, and represent the State well. But it will take some on and off the field class to get in good with EVERYBODY.

Best of luck wherever you end up.

FromtheBARstool

January 4th, 2011
10:39 pm

He cried like a lil girl when he was getting his butt kicked in the playoffs this year.

UGA GUY

January 4th, 2011
10:47 pm

Not even close…..After seeing how he handled not getting his way in the playoff game….I mean he was flat getting stuck by 165 lb players and going down like a rag doll. He piled up yards against over matched comp. He is a good RB with a bad attitude,,,nothing more

C-Town

January 4th, 2011
11:37 pm

Crowell had 100 or even 200 + games on schools like , Northside WR, Lagrange, Cairo, G-Ville, F-Branch, Baldwin co, Buford, T-Ville, GAC, Woodward ACD, Burke co,…..All these school were ranked when they faced Carver….so how did he pile yards up? These are State title teams…..By the way CROWELL WON A STATE TITLE IN 2007….Haters…

Jason F.

January 4th, 2011
11:47 pm

Crowell is not a high school legend. A great player yes but there is a new great high school running back in this state every two years.

To Al Beeksi, The purpose of this article is to show up in search engines and get the site hits all day long from people looking up Isiah Crowell stats.

C-Town, Crowell is good as proved by those totals against good teams but not great. Crowell won a state title in 2007… watching Carver’s big boys do the work. He played on the freshman team and did some varsity work that year but it was all clean up work. He made his mark as a sophomore. Dont bother calling me a hater because I love all the teams from Columbus and my wife went to Carver.

Better than Crowell?

January 4th, 2011
11:54 pm

D A Double U G

January 5th, 2011
12:14 am

Better than,

That kid is fun to watch!

He looks a bit undersized, but he truly looks like he has the heart to develop into a player.

Hope UGA knows about this kid.

C-Town

January 5th, 2011
12:58 am

Jasper Sanks, Wille Ried, Joe Burns, Pat Pass, Thomas Brown, W.Ealey,James Davis, Derick Tensely,Jabari Davis were all great GA high school RBs….Trust me i can name more…..Crowell’s legend can compete with these great RB…But Crowell has a drive to be the best…and will take this drive to College…..By the way IC return kicks as a FR at Carver, so in my book he earn his state title Ring….As a Soph led his team to the final 4, got beat by the state champ Cairo, but Crowell had over 150 yards….the rest as history….now he is the best RB in the Nation…..Good night…tune in 7pm ESPN…he can show you, better than I can tell you….

Carver of Columbus

January 5th, 2011
1:01 am

Isaiah is a nice back, he can do alot of things very well on the football field. However he will need someone to push him and stay on him throughout his collegiate career. We here in Columbus have seen the good and bad with him over the years. He does have tendencies to not play hard on every down if he is not in the play. We used him on most downs and he was very prodcutive.

I have the same concerns alot of his family members have with him going to Georgia, that is the current elements on the team at Georgia and the number of player issues the past 18 months. Will he have the support and guidance he needs to stay away from the bad behavior players. He loved Georgia and still does but everytime he came back from various camps this past year he was really able to see how other programs were run and the support offered to the players both on the field and in the classroom. In 18 months his attitude has changed and it is very apparent to those around him.

Now I do not have a clue where he will sign, but his various relatives say he is being guided by some strong male role models to be careful where he signs and what kind of exposure the program he is going to attend is having negatively.

He is a good sized back with better than average speed, he will need to continue to bulk up and be involved in a weight training program that will push his ability to take the harsh punishment that back take in the SEC. I know for fact he loved the weight and conditioning program at Alabama as he and Trent Richardson have developed a strong bond based on the strength and conditioning program.

I know he feels he would hit the field faster at Georgia but he also thinks the staff at Georgia may change and he does not want to sign with someone to watch the staff change soon thereafter.

He liked Auburn during their visit there, and likes the open field offensive attack approach. He really did not bond as well there as he has at Georgia and Alabama.

Signing off as just a teacher at Carver.

C-Town

January 5th, 2011
1:03 am

Mr kane is good ……….But he is no Crowell…..Best RB in the USA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWRcM_d2qWE

Hershel Walker

January 5th, 2011
1:08 am

He aint me and never will be. I am the LEGEND. I own the copyrights to the word LEGEND.

D.Smith

January 5th, 2011
4:05 am

Crowells a good back. great balance, nice pad level and good explosion. But he is no where near hershel, garrison, or a player you all seem to forget…jamal lewis. i played at douglas high when jamal was their and he was a man among boy. no high school player could tackle him solo or run the risk of getting flattened. he was the total package, speed (4.38) nfl combine, size 5′11 225lbs, was a willing blocker, could catch. His junior year he ran for like 1900yrds and 27tds while sharing the ball with another talanted back named terrence barlow who also had 1000yred rushing and maybe 12tds. So like i said Crowells good but do your homework before saying he’s a legend. oh and did i mention mr. lewis has a two thousand yard season in the NFL!

Johnny Too Good

January 5th, 2011
7:17 am

He’s good, but not state legend status, just my opinion………. some of the kids here in Savannah have neva heard of him. I’m sure he’s the biggest thing going in Columbus

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

archie

January 5th, 2011
7:53 am

a bust, immature attitude, if williams is best you ever saw, you obviuosly never watched ‘79 Joco and Herschel

Walker, Texas Ranger

January 5th, 2011
8:02 am

There should have been a vote for “What a Joke”. You kidding me, this guy gets taken down back to back years by Flowery Branch and Calhoun. FB didn’t even have a good defense and had their kicker playing DE and stopped him. All the runs I have seen him make are through big holes and he can’t break tackles. He is no Marcus Lattimore…maybe Marcus Dupree

Best ever…..try George Rogers and H. Walker. Even Stump Mitchell and James Brooks were better.

Taylor Wooten

January 5th, 2011
8:49 am

Overrated. Would be yet another RB bust at UGA….as seen the last few years.

Aubarn_Cheetahs

January 5th, 2011
9:03 am

Wonder if he needs $180,000 ?

stephensindian96

January 5th, 2011
9:25 am

1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns with his supporting cast? What did he do his other 3 seasons? Never have seen any numbers from his first 3 seasons. How can you call the guy a legend if he only stood out one season? Did he ever break 2000 yards in a season? Monte Williams at Commerce had I think like 1500 yards as a freshman, and only got better. I watched him play several games and he was a legend. Taurean Poole rushed for over 5000 yards in 3 seasons and close to 70 touchdowns and he wasnt even a 5 star recruit yet he just rushed for 1000 yards this season for Tennessee. Taurean rushed for over 2000 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior and didnt have a true supporting cast. I will believe Crowell is the real deal when he torches 4 or 5 SEC defenses for 150 yards and a few touchdowns.

War Eagle!!

January 5th, 2011
9:38 am

Is Caleb King a legend? Look at his stats at Parkview – look at his stats at GACC – even though he missed games to a devasting injury.

What about Garrison Hearst?

I would say I. Crowell is just one of many special backs to come and go in the high school ranks.

Next year – you could plug in another name – and write the same article – then next year – a different name – etc.

Johnny Too Good

January 5th, 2011
9:39 am

also what kind of offense did Carver run? his stats can be a product of the system……. i remember watchin alot of highlights of Ealey in a wishbone/run first offense

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

Thanks, But No Thanks

January 5th, 2011
9:43 am

Maybe a Columbus legend, but not across the state. I don’t remember waking up on Saturday mornings looking for Crowell’s stats like I did for Darius Walker a few years ago or Washaun Ealey more recently. With no state records or memorable showings in the Dome, can’t quite call him a legend.

Big Mike

January 5th, 2011
10:12 am

Not even close. With his line, he should have done much better. Although Carver’s coaching and scheme was not very good, he should have been able to do more against good teams… ie Calhoun who is undersized and had no “star” rated players shut him down and seemed to frustrate Crowell. He kept wanteing to come out of the game. He did bust a big play due to a hold. He looked really explosive on that play but that was it.

b

January 5th, 2011
10:42 am

Monte W. was the best h.s. player I ever saw, also.

Old School

January 5th, 2011
10:47 am

Best player to ever play in Georgia, a long long time ago in Class B,

ALRED JENKINS OF HOGANSVILLE.

Big

January 5th, 2011
10:54 am

C town dont forget about Kregg Lumpkin. Lumpkin rushed for over 1,800 yards for three seasons at Stephenson High School in the early 2000’s, was the number 2 running back in the nation his senior season and was a Parade All American. Was named starting running back his freshman year at UGA, until he suffered injury and the emergence of Thomas Brown. He is currently on the Tampa Bay roster this season after playing in Green Bay for a couple of years.

Big

January 5th, 2011
10:59 am

To me Crowell is a good back, but I feel he is just a product of playing small ball A, AA schools. Something tells me he is going to end up like W. Ealey. Dominated competition in samller classifacation in high school and the in college when fast with bigger, faster, stronger players in college he will just be average.

shankit

January 5th, 2011
11:00 am

Better get an offensive line coach that can
open some holes.

sec moniker

January 5th, 2011
1:00 pm

Just one point….a player does not have to attend the University of Georgia to be considered the best player ever in Georgia High School football.

SWANN

January 5th, 2011
1:01 pm

JAMES BROOKS&JIMMY WORMACK THE BEST BACKS TO EVER COME FROM GA….

DawginLex

January 5th, 2011
1:27 pm

Agree with you SWANN from a tandem standpoint, Brooks and Womack at WR were killer.

Herschel was still the best single RB I ever saw, high school or college.

C-Town

January 5th, 2011
2:06 pm

Walker Tx…..Just take a look at IC youtube sir. Crowell ran for 100+ yards on a 5-A schools like Northside WR when they were on a 30 game winning streak,so he has played vs great D’s during his 4 years at Carver…
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2011/01/05/1408016/carver-rb-crowell-dl-wright-in.html#

Geo

January 5th, 2011
2:34 pm

C-Town will defend Crowell to the very end because he is in love with him. Crowell is good, but a legend wins championships.

georgiacane

January 5th, 2011
3:17 pm

how quickly we forget last years number 1 back……Storm Johnson…..

GT BABY

January 5th, 2011
3:33 pm

GT BABY

January 5th, 2011
3:34 pm

Michael- Was Charles Perkins that good in high school? Scout only had him as a 3 star. Whats your opinion on him?

georgiacane

January 5th, 2011
3:47 pm

Scout had Storm Johnson as a 3 star as well.

C-Town

January 5th, 2011
4:31 pm

GEO……Crowell has a state title Ring sir….And will be the Dome again next year when UGA plays Bosie st…hint,hint….UGA-Carver pipeline…word on the street 2010 DE C.Crawford will sign with UGA???

SISSY DAWG

January 5th, 2011
4:50 pm

Crowell reminds me of another great running back, Caleb King. He too was suppose to be the answer to all running problems at UGA. He was the same prototype prima donna. He is spoiled and undisciplined and will be a pain in the butt no matter where he goes.

dawgster

January 5th, 2011
4:54 pm

oh good grief Carver of Columbus….many schools have problems with players and students…yes georgia had many, mostly traffic violations, doesn’t mean the kids are bad…if he has his head on straight he will be fine whereever he goes…Bama, Au, Fla, Ohio State, Notre Dame…just to name a few have off field issues….the dawgs are really no worse, its just not reported on as the AJC does, but i can promise you they all have them…i think Coach Richt and our new AD have addressed the concerns as they should have…Saying that you have concerns about UGA because of some off field issues when we are talking about 17-18 year old kids who make unwise decisions, again most of them involved traffic violations…i’m not excusing it, but i would doubt very seriously that his reason for choosing or not choosing UGA will not come down to that…Based on his actions in the playoff game withnessed by others sounds like he has some issues to deal with already, but i don’t fault him for that, he’s a kid, and he will learn as others his age do…There were many that wanted to call him out and say things about him over one emotional game…thats unfair just as it is unfair to put a label on the dawg players…As with alot of schools, the ones that had serious offenses were dismissed and i’m sure thats how those players will be handled in the future….

C-Town

January 5th, 2011
5:44 pm

Sissy dawg……..never compare Crowell to C “Tip-Toe ” king….Crowell runs hard with Heart…..

5150 P.O.A.D

January 5th, 2011
6:23 pm

Sounds like a thug to me!

Mountain Dawg

January 5th, 2011
6:28 pm

Texas football fan

January 5th, 2011
6:42 pm

Crowell is over hyped. Here is a high school legend in work:
From Maxpreps:
“In his three-year varsity career, Johnathan Gray has already earned a number of impressive billings.
He’s been called a top recruit, a state champion, and in 2009, the nation’s top sophomore.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back improved on his sophomore totals by rushing for a mind-boggling 3,221 yards and scoring 61 touchdowns in leading Aledo to an undefeated, Class 4A Division II title-winning season.
With a deep playoff run next season, Gray could approach 10,000 career yards and 200 touchdowns.”

These are the numbers a legend creates. Almost triple the numbers Crowell put up.

Duce is Wild

January 5th, 2011
6:55 pm

Just another 5 star no class, its all about me player. The type ugay has been recruiting the last 5 or 6 years. Personally I would rather have the 3 star guys that are about the team and “acting” and representing my team and school in a positive light. This guy is just more of the same, another I dare say Caleb or Ealy? I want guys that are willing to bust their gut for the G, and not so concerned about being on the hightlight real on espn. The real junkyard dogs in the 70’s and 80’s were these type kids, the kind who were coachable and had some self discipline so the coaches didn’t have to live with them 24/7 which is impossible. Bottom line, lets get some good character kids, get the arrest and bullcrap behind us and start coaching the guys who really care about the G up instead of the 5 star who has less if any real character, or self discipline at all.

Northwestgafan

January 5th, 2011
10:32 pm

Why isn’t “NO” an option for our vote?

Jeff Jones

January 5th, 2011
10:48 pm

I f he dont pass these exit exams he may be going to junior college.

bad dawg

January 5th, 2011
11:15 pm

He’s another Pulpwood Smith..enough said.

Lester Miles

January 5th, 2011
11:56 pm

Who is Monte Williams and what ever happened to him? Did he play in college in the state of Ga? If he left the state to play football then his legend would be disloyal loser and that goes for any fink that is educated and trained by his home state taxpayers and then plays for the enemy. Loyalty is a prime ingredient for character.