Believe it or not: Guess which Georgia football player gets left off Parade All-America team? (Hint: Think RB)

UGA recruit Ray Drew (far left) is one of three Georgia players on Parade Magazine's All-America team for high school football

UGA recruit Ray Drew (far left) is one of three Georgia players on Parade Magazine's All-America team for high school football

Thomas County Central defensive end Ray Drew, who signed with UGA on Wednesday, is one of three Georgia players that have been named to the Parade Magazine All-America team for high school football players.

The other two are Kell defensive back Brian Randolph (Tennessee) and Carver-Columbus defensive tackle Gabe Wright (Auburn).

The surprise omission was Wright teammate, Isaiah Crowell, who is considered by some recruiting analysts to be the nation’s top running back. Crowell signed with UGA over Alabama.

What do you think of Parade’s picks from Georgia? And did Crowell get a raw deal? Note: The Parade Magazine All-America team will appear in the upcoming Sunday newspaper.

66 comments Add your comment

DeepDiver

January 31st, 2011
3:40 am

That is a notable omission, but not the FIRST of its kind.

GADAWG

January 31st, 2011
5:02 am

Who cares!You never know about these guys anyway until they get to college and especially if they get coached up when they get there.So these guys picking georgia good luck i unfortunately have not seen good coaching at georgia in a while.

Fan

January 31st, 2011
5:19 am

So what if Crowell isn’t ranked by everyone as the top RB of the 10,000 RBs in the country. I just want him to be good in college.

Victorious Sakrete

January 31st, 2011
5:43 am

Parade mag would not know a high school football game from a metrosexual tickle pile.

Their credibility is lower than that of Auburn and Robert Gibbs.

Barf

January 31st, 2011
6:24 am

Interesting, I left Parade off my list of top 1,000 meaningful periodicals.

G'Vegas Dawg

January 31st, 2011
6:37 am

Jasper Sanks and Kregg Lumpkin were both higher ranked RBs than Reggie Bush.

Ted Striker

January 31st, 2011
6:45 am

Different recruiting services have different criteria. I don’t see it as a big deal.

Prince of Alabama

January 31st, 2011
6:50 am

He won’t care once he puts on the Bama uniform!

Paddy

January 31st, 2011
6:52 am

Interesting reading but like the star systems of Rival & Scout, meaningless.

SidArnwine

January 31st, 2011
6:55 am

Guess which sportswriter has to beg for traffic by making you “guess” about the content. Terrible!!!!

UGASlobberknocker

January 31st, 2011
7:16 am

Who cares?..if you go back and look at the Parade AA teams from the past.. they are completely wrong a lot. a lot of complete misses.I think maybe the travel writer picks the team. This (and all pre season aa teams) are basically worthless. They mean about as much as those 2011 pre season Top 25s that are already out there. Good for conversation starters..thats about it.

SuperB

January 31st, 2011
7:26 am

Not a very valid team without Crowell or Jay Rome, and probably a couple others.

SuperB

January 31st, 2011
7:28 am

17%: Also, my associate once did a five-year study of parade A-A’s and how they did in college. Only 17% went on to make A-A in college.

ilovefb

January 31st, 2011
7:40 am

swampjacket

January 31st, 2011
7:51 am

Remember…Caleb King was the second coming, the next Herschel….right! Rankings don’t mean everything!

Too Easy

January 31st, 2011
7:59 am

Parade honors high school achievements. It is not necessarily a predictor of college accomplishments. Let these 17/18-year-olds be so honored. Pretty sure Isaiah didn’t play the whole year (injuries).

Rick

January 31st, 2011
8:02 am

Two words Jasper Sanks.

Remarkable

January 31st, 2011
8:14 am

They got it wrong. Crowell is certianly far better than most other RBs. What Running backs made the list and how many players are on their list that they have to leave him off?

BobDawg

January 31st, 2011
8:19 am

.. I think it is GREAT! Maybe he comes in with a chip on his shoulder wanting to prove them wrong!

Todd Holcomb

January 31st, 2011
9:00 am

Congrats to those guys, but those aren’t the three I would’ve chosen from Georgia. Ray Drew and Gabe Wright didn’t make the AP’s all-state team, even as honorable mention, because the AP voters believed that other DL had better senior seasons. Drew made the AJC’s first team and Super 11 team (whose selections GHSF Daily coordinated), but he was not his region’s defensive player of the year. It was Northside LB Deilouse Jackson. I don’t doubt that both Drew and Wright will become super college players, but I think Xzavier Dickson, to name one, was a better high school defensive lineman than both.

Regarding Isaiah Crowell, he missed the whole or large parts of several games because of injuries. He didn’t put up the numbers to justify being an All-American. Unlike defensive lineman, running backs must deliver big numbers to make All-America teams like this one. If Crowell had been 100 percent throughout and played deep into games, he could’ve rushed for 2,500+ yards. He was that good, IMO.

War Wren

January 31st, 2011
9:12 am

Victorious Sakrete: “Their credibility is lower than that of Auburn and Robert Gibbs.”

That is so unfair to Robert Gibbs.

Walker, Texas Ranger

January 31st, 2011
9:48 am

Todd, I think you are wrong on Drew. I think he and the kid from Monroe are the best DL although Drew will be OLB. My other choice for the cover would either be Crowell or Rhome. I think the surprise of the state crop will be the QB from Wilcox. I think he will be the QB at UGA over Lemay and will end up as one of the best in the country.

Walker, Texas Ranger

January 31st, 2011
9:51 am

By the way, this is the Parade that comes in the Sunday edition. Not the football magazine that has the “Parade All-Americans”. So who cares, this cover is usually graced by some B lister with some sort of ties to Atlanta.

Northwestgafan

January 31st, 2011
10:01 am

Crowell has one of the worst attitudes I’ve ever seen in a high school football player. He’s very very overrated.

MikeP

January 31st, 2011
10:03 am

Crowell had a very ordinary senior season. Many running backs in the southeast had better stats than did Crowell and he seems to perform his worst in big games.
Short answer, he didn’t deserve to be on a Parade All-American team. AA is something that should be earned, and Crowell didn’t earn it this year.

Delbert D.

January 31st, 2011
10:22 am

Now I’m confused. Was Hutson Mason a Parade All-American, or merely a Sunday Edition Parade All-American?

Worm

January 31st, 2011
10:56 am

Victorious Sakrete-That’s funny!

G'Vegas Dawg

January 31st, 2011
10:59 am

If you have ever been to a practice, game, combine, or any other event where athletes are evaluated by a recruiting service, then you were probably as amazed as I was at the people doing the evaluating. The majority of these guys look like they are still in college and have no business evaluating anyone. IMO the people doing the evaluating should be former coaches or at least have some tie to the game.

Dawg2

January 31st, 2011
11:01 am

Parade don’t play the game….just makes money. Lets see what they do on the field next year.

JDawg

January 31st, 2011
11:20 am

Walker,

Didn’t the QB from Wilcox commit as a DB?

StingerSplash

January 31st, 2011
11:25 am

The only thing more meaningless is sports talk radio.
Moving on.

RxDawg

January 31st, 2011
12:02 pm

Well didn’t Crowell have to sit out several games due to injury? Maybe they awared the all-americans with what they accomplished and not on their potential. I wouldn’t fret over it too much.

BG

January 31st, 2011
12:10 pm

Crowell should have made the list!

dawgfacedboy

January 31st, 2011
12:10 pm

Walker- Neither will play unless Murray gets worse instead of better.
JDawg- yes it has already been said that he will most likely play CB.

MRBIGUNS

January 31st, 2011
12:23 pm

Crowell will be a bust just like Caleb King and Washed-up Ealey. They were great high school players but just average among athletes of their caliber!!!!!

GT Fan...

January 31st, 2011
12:27 pm

Recruiting “EXPERTS/ANALYSTS” are just like Meteorologists ….. their “forcasts” are more wrong than right, but they still lead throngs of followers – amazing.

GSU Eagle 91

January 31st, 2011
12:42 pm

It seems like CMR is still recruiting thugs as he has done each and every year of his tenure at UGA…
Why do boosters and fans of the UGA program put up with this?

Give me Facts, not your Opinion

January 31st, 2011
12:42 pm

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Brainiac(Dawg for life)

January 31st, 2011
12:49 pm

Pick any 1,000 volunteers, provide them each with the exact same info EXCEPT where “Official” groups have ranked all high school football players and you will see that no two volunteers will have the same rankings for the HS players. Even major college coaches don’t agree which kids are the best or will be the best in college.

joe

January 31st, 2011
12:49 pm

He didn’t make the list cause he works out with Shake Weights…

Groo's a douche

January 31st, 2011
12:51 pm

Give me an Amen if you know what I mean.

John

January 31st, 2011
12:52 pm

Didn’t watch nealry as many games as some of you, but I did see quite a few, and imo, that kid from Star’s Mill, Laskey is gonna be a good one for Tech.

jarvis

January 31st, 2011
12:54 pm

For those of us that think the “experts” don’t know what they are talking about, take a look at this.

It’s ESPN’s list of the #1 recruits in America for the last 25 years. Almost all ended up playing at least for a while in the NFL.

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/insider/news/story?id=6062100&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncaa%2frecruiting%2finsider%2fnews%2fstory%3fid%3d6062100

BuzzGT

January 31st, 2011
1:26 pm

He will have 3 – 4 years in college to prove that he is #1.

einstein richt

January 31st, 2011
1:29 pm

Walker, Texas Ranger

January 31st, 2011
9:48 am
Todd, I think you are wrong on Drew. I think he and the kid from Monroe are the best DL although Drew will be OLB. My other choice for the cover would either be Crowell or Rhome. I think the surprise of the state crop will be the QB from Wilcox. I think he will be the QB at UGA over Lemay and will end up as one of the best in the country.

Nick Marshall was recruited as a DB at UGA and as a QB at GT. Kinda reminds me of a guy that was recruited as a DE by CMR but wound up being a “fair” QB at AU last year.

Pull My Finger

January 31st, 2011
1:33 pm

If we don’t find a line coach that can teach our lineman to block, it won’t matter who is running the ball.

gdawginkalamzoo

January 31st, 2011
1:34 pm

jarvis, nice link. Funny how Jeff George blamed his career failures on his “supporting cast”.

The Bummer

January 31st, 2011
1:38 pm

Crowell missed a number of games this year and his numbers may not have been there

Jerry

January 31st, 2011
1:51 pm

Perhaps Parade All Americans are determined based more on things like scholastic achievement, character, etc. Perhaps that’s what kept Isiah off of that list. I’ve seen him play and he ain’t really all that.

Chuck Uga

January 31st, 2011
1:52 pm

Let’s get Randolph away from Tennessee! Get ‘er done!