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.