If you’re a Georgia Bulldogs fan and prone to depression, you probably don’t want to read what five-star running back Isaiah Crowell of Carver High in Columbus had to say after his visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend.
And I’m not talking about the fact that he’s now leaning toward going to Alabama over UGA. It’s what he said in explaining why even the prospect of more playing time sooner in Athens might not be enough to make him a Bulldog:
“Well, they’re losing a lot of games and have a lot of people getting arrested. There’s just a lot of things going wrong. I do want to play right away but I also want to be where it’s disciplined and they win championships.”
Ouch. A pretty devastating assessment.
So if you’re UGA’s recruiters, how do you counter that? Um, home state loyalty? Naw, that doesn’t count for much these days. Mark Richt as a better shaper of young men than Nick Saban? Possibly.
But, really, if you’re a faltering program doing battle with a juggernaut like Bama for one of the most talented players in the country, what can you say to turn the tide, so to speak?
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