Ten at 10: Carver’s Crowell & Wright not necessarily a package deal


1. Carver-Columbus football stars Isaiah Crowell and Gabriel Wright tend to be talked about as a pair. As a result, they are often thought of as a package deal in recruiting. But that’s not necessarily the case. “They’re separate individuals,” Carver coach Dell McGee said Thursday morning. “I’m not saying they wouldn’t [consider signing with the same school]. But I think they both have different things they’re looking for and they both have different personality types.” Of course, every school would like to sign both of these elite prospects. Both are consensus top 10 prospects in the state of Georgia for the Class of 2011. I have Crowell (6-foot, 204 pounds) No. 1 in my “Tentative Top 10″ and Wright (6-3, 273) No. 5.

2. One of the schools that would like to land both of these players is Georgia. The Bulldogs will get a firsthand opportunity to sell the duo on that notion this weekend. McGee confirmed that both plan to attend UGA’s Junior Day Saturday in Athens. Georgia was one of the first schools to offer both players but other schools are coming in hard. Both list Alabama prominently and they attended Florida State’s junior day together last weekend. And Wright tends to mention more faraway possibilities such as Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, USC and Oregon. But no sense handicapping it right now. This one will likely go very deep into the recruiting season before being resolved.

3. Speaking of UGA’s junior day this weekend, the recruitment of Rossville’s Devin Bowman is about to get real interesting. The star running back/defensive back at Ridgeland High is the younger brother of wide receiver Michael Bowman, who chose Alabama in 2009 after quite the tug-of-war with the Bulldogs. Devin Bowman attended Bama’s junior day last weekend but does not currently have an offer from the Crimson Tide. Meanwhile, he just got an offer from Bulldogs Wednesday and, as of right this minute, he says UGA leads. He also has offers from Georgia Tech, Clemson and Oklahoma State. His older brother Adarius Bowman played for the Cowboys in Stillwater. Stay tuned.

4. Another expected junior day attendee at Georgia this weekend is Athens-Clarke Central offensive lineman Alan Posey. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound tackle does not list the Bulldogs among his favorites — he told JacketsOnline.com that Clemson leads Georgia Tech, Cincinnati and Maryland –  and has generally been turned off by the lack of interest shown from the hometown team. But that could change if Georgia decided to offer.

5. This came up in the comments on an earlier blog about Georgia commitment Corey Moore of Griffin so I figured I’d just address it here for all to see. The Bulldogs’ last signee from Griffin was defensive end Toby Jackson, who never made it to Athens. After failing to qualify the AJC Super 11 selection was placed at Hargrave Military Prep School in Virginia but left without meeting qualifications. He was supposed to show up at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville but pulled a switcheroo on the Bulldogs and went instead to Navarro Junior College in Texas. Jackson is scheduled to begin his second season with the Navarro Bulldogs next fall. His plan is to graduate after fall semester and enroll in a major college in January. He visited Alabama in late January and claims offers from Alabama, Baylor and UCF. He lists Georgia as one of his favorites on his recruiting profile.

6. Recruiting is really picking up steam down in Tallahassee where Florida State got its eighth commitment for 2011 Wednesday and second from a defensive tackle in as many days. Derrick Mitchell, a four-star prospect from Jacksonville’s First Coast High, chose the Seminoles over Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama. All of FSU’s early commitments have come from Floridians.

7. It’s a long way from Atlanta to Eugene, Ore., but Westlake athlete Ronnie Harris feels close to Oregon and would consider flying off to be a Duck. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound running back/cornerback actually has some serious connections in the Northwest. “I lived in Puyallup, Wash., about four years ago. My brother still lives there in fact,” Harris told DuckTerritory.com. “I became a fan of Oregon when I was back there. My mentor that I talk to at least two to three times a week if not more is [former Oregon DB] Aaron Gipson. He still lives out there and tells me about Oregon all of the time.” Harris currently has offers from South Carolina and Ole Miss and hopes to hear from Tech and Georgia.

8. The Bulldogs this week tendered an offer to Detroit linebacker Lawrence Thomas. Rivals.com ranks him No. 1 in the nation at his position.

9. South Carolina offered two Georgia safeties this week: Avery Walls of Union Grove and Rodney O’Neal of Dublin-West Laurens.

1o. Another prospect the the Gamecocks covet is defensive end Jedaveon Clowney of Rock Hill, S.C. Considered the top defensive end in the country, Clowney did not include Georgia among his most recent top five. He listed Alabama, Clemson, LSU, South Carolina and UCLA. The Bulldogs were one of the first to offer the 6-foot-5, 235-pound athlete.

121 comments Add your comment


February 25th, 2010
10:08 am

branden smith

February 25th, 2010
10:12 am

Chip Towers

February 25th, 2010
10:12 am

lowndes25: First indeed! Congratulations.


February 25th, 2010
10:13 am

huge Saturday for the Dawgs. I like that they’re bringing Corey Moore & Chris Sanders in with these guys. could make up some big ground with guys like Xzavier Dickson, and Gabe Wright. Does anyone know if Booker T. Washington WR Zach Witchett is making the trip also?


February 25th, 2010
10:17 am

Thanks for keeping us updated on recruiting – I hope you continue throughout the year giving us the level of detail. Thanks.


February 25th, 2010
10:17 am

recruit, recruit, recruit. Thats the name of the game and I sure hope Georgia steps it up.


February 25th, 2010
10:22 am

Even if Wright or Crowell pick Bama or Georgia they can not go wrong both are great football schools!!

First is for suckers

February 25th, 2010
10:22 am

Chip, do not encourage the idiotic practice of claiming first with nothing to back it up!


February 25th, 2010
10:29 am

Thanks for the congratulations Chip! And, as I have said before, thanks for the updates!


February 25th, 2010
10:31 am


Actually, your program would be well-served to emphasize coaching less, developing talent more, and effectively using that talent with the right schemes and gameday strategy still more. There are several programs that have won almost as many games as has the Bulldogs this decade without recruiting anywhere near the talent. To be somewhat politically incorrect and dated, Georgia recruits like Tarzan, and that gets them to 9 or 10 wins every year, but they play like Jane against the elite teams with staffs who recruit as well as UGA does but do a better job of developing and using it. Look, UGA had Matt Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, Mohammed Massoquai and A.J. Green and still got shut out in the first half AT HOME by the same Alabama defense that UTAH ran up and down the field on. Maybe Georgia should try to hire some coaches from Utah. It certainly seems to have worked for Florida.


February 25th, 2010
10:36 am

isn’t player development directly related to coaching as well as schemes and other personel decisions??


February 25th, 2010
10:38 am

ya its over, you dont needa any jouir day, dont matter we going get all geoga boys haha


February 25th, 2010
10:41 am

Nice work Chip, thanks for the updates my man!

Kenny Powers

February 25th, 2010
10:43 am

Towers, i love this 10 at 10 thing; nice break from the workday between breakfast and lunch. KEEP IT UP and let us know all the guys that attend junior day at each school.

Far Away From Home Dawg

February 25th, 2010
11:05 am

Nice blog, Chip … You mentioned a Rivals ranking on Lawrence Thomas? Is that available yet? I can’t seem to find it on Rivals … Thanks!

Mark "where's my hair club for men" membership?

February 25th, 2010
11:07 am

Gerald you know NOTHING. We had bad breaks, bad calls and bad weather last year, it will never happen again. Florida is not superior to us they have just gotten lucky. Myer has had 27 arrest since he’s been there, but we’ve only had 23. Myer doesn’t even try to match my to cool for school look, he’s all jumpin’ around and coachin’ ‘em up, that don’t look cool! He doesn’t even let ‘em storm the field and dance like fools!


February 25th, 2010
11:08 am

I thought Richt was banned from Carver Columbus after pulling the switcheroo on their QB last year.

What did Richt have to do to get back into that HS?


February 25th, 2010
11:14 am

UGA came to Carver last year and apoligized while offering Burns (the QB that all this started over). Since then everything has been good. Great job Dell, look forward to watching the Tigers again this year.

Dave In Tampa

February 25th, 2010
11:22 am

After this past recruiting year, I have learned not to get overly excited about recruiting until the paper is signed and it’s official. Alright, I’m lying, I’ll still pumped, but a little more cautious than before.


February 25th, 2010
11:35 am


The State of Georgia is very rich in talent this year – so if Florida!

With that said – UGA will have a good recruting class- but look for the BLUE CHIPS to go someplace other than UGA.

The SLIDE continues:

1. Crowell and Wright will not end up at UGA.
Look for both to attend ALABAMA or split between AUBURN and ALABAMA.

Remember folks – Coach Dell McGee banned UGA from recruiting his school and players after a SNAFU with his QB last year. McGEE played at Auburn – and he is no dummy – will be polite to UGA – but does not like the school.

2. DEVIN BOWMAN – will go to ALABAMA if offered. His brother Michael is at BAMA and they are very tight. Devin has turned into a HUGE BAMA fan. If Alabama does not offer – he will either of to CLEMSON, OK STATE – or possibly AUBURN as they may be offereing soon. UGA is wasting time with this kid – too much BAD history with UGA and the BOWMAN family.

UGA has two strikes against them with the BOWMAN family:
– Michael wanted to go to UGA – but was never offered until extremely late in the process – and he had all ready committed to BAMA. This was hurtful to their MOM.
– When the BOWMAN family attended the UGA – OK STATE game a couple of years ago to watch ADARIUS – UGA invited them to use the game as a recruiting trip for MICHAEL – which included sitting in a special section – free tickets – and meeting the coaches. MRS. BOWMAN was banned from entering as she was wearing an OK STATE orange t-Shirt – unless she changed clothes. She refused – and a verbal altercation happened. She was eventually allowed in – but Richt had to personally apologize. Mrs Bowman made a BIG deal out of this – and ran her mouth in the Chattanooga and Dalton newspapers about it. IT was a BIG deal to her and she felt dis-respected.

After the late scholarship offer to Michael – when they earlier were led to believe that a scholarship was coming – and begged UGA for an offer – Mrs. Bowman was quoted last year that UGA was history as far as she was concerned.

OUT of the “Tentative TOP 10″ – UGA will be lucky to sign ONLY TWO (2). IN fact – ALABAMA will sign more of the TOP 10 than UGA!!!!

Crowell -RB – ALABAMA or AUBURN – prob BAMA
Vaughters – LB – ALABAMA , FL or USC
JOhnson – LB – committed to TN last year – now likes ALABAMA or Clemson
Dickson – DE – ALABAMA lean
Dantzler – OT – ALABAMA/TENNESSEE/GEORGIA – UGA has a shot
Conley – WR – Georgia/ALABAMA – UGA has a good shot
Marshall – QB FSU/GT lead – UGA is listed.

SABAN has the recruiting train on track – and UGA has stumbled. ALABAMA owns UGA for top recruits in the State of GEORGIA!!!

For most of these recruits – UGA = KY or South Carolina – not ALABAMA, not FLORIDA – not even AUBURN or TENNESSEE.
That’s what 10 -10 in the SEC EAST over the last 4 years will get you.
That’s what being 2-2 against KY will get you!
That’s what 1-3 against TENNESSEE will get you!
That’s what a 31-0 halftime score against ALABAMA will get you!
That what 1-3 against Florida will get you!
That’s what being passed over and going to relegated to Shreveport will get you!


Just win with some conviction!!!! Easier said than done – but UGA is positioned to have a good year – and potentially a Great year in 2010.

If this happens – all these Juniors and Sophomores will look at UGA in a different light.

UGA has a great opportunity to in 2010.
– OL back
– Great QB prospects
– New enthusiam with new Defensive Staff

I will say UGA has an excellent chance to win 10 games – and could potentially win 11 games.

Probable Losses – Florida

50/50 games
– South Carolina
– Arkansas
– Auburn
– Ky
– GA Tech

Probable wins
– Miss STATE
– Colorado
– LA Lafayette
– Idaho State

IF UGA can have a BIG season in 2010 – watchout – Richt will be in a better position for future prospects.

My gut feeling – UGA will definatley win 8 games – probably 9 – SC/ARK/AUB/GT will be tough – think UGA will beat GT. FLORIDA will beat UGA …..again!



February 25th, 2010
11:43 am

Be careful what you say. Paul Johnson jokes about punching people in the face but former UGA players actually do punch peope in the face.


February 25th, 2010
11:45 am

No used to get to excited over recruiting for ‘11 at this time……. guys have time to commit and decommit 4 or 5 times between now and signing day. Best thing to do is ignore all the talk by the “Chip Towers” – mostly rumors. They make a living off of stirring up rumors and trying to make controversies but I am not going to help pay their salaries by fretting over every little comment or rumor they come up with. I have a REAL life and there are more important things to do.


February 25th, 2010
11:45 am

Chip: Who do you think are starting linebackers are going to be this year and do we have any good redshirt linebackers that could make an impact this year. Last year outside of rennie i thought our linebackers were slower than previous years and did not look like SEC calliber players. I also hope we work on wrapping up when we tackle. I am tired of seeing players go to tackle with their shoulders leaving their arms by their side looking for a big hit. SEC running backs just bounce off you like a pinball.


February 25th, 2010
11:46 am

Dan – being a whiner – you probably would start crying if some drunk hit you – instead a real man defends himself. Moreno was defending himself.


February 25th, 2010
11:47 am

Bama Stan- You sure think you have it all figured out. Now go back into your cave and hibernate! Oops, elephants don’t hibernate. What do they do? I’m sure you have the answer.

Bama Stan c'aint reed sew gud

February 25th, 2010
11:49 am

Hey Bama Stan,

You should be a reporter with the no bias information you provide. Get an Auburn grad to read this article to you so you can see your 13 titles are a joke.



February 25th, 2010
11:55 am

Generally, Flo-Ri-Duh, I stopped hanging out at college bars when, lemme think…oh yeah, when I left college. And I have no idea what your comment meant.

c'mon clowney

February 25th, 2010
11:57 am

the chickens need ya!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

February 25th, 2010
12:05 pm

bama stan = DuLLdawg, boring, long winded and very very little of substance to say. Most Bama fans have class, bama stan, you do not


February 25th, 2010
12:08 pm

Bama Stan, you have got it figured out don’t you, seems like every recruit in the nation is coming to Bama, so I guess all of the other colleges in American just needs to jsut quit and wait till next year, seems like Saban is doing a lot of unrecruiting by NCAA standards. The Bowman family is not mad at UGA, if Devin goes to Bama, it will be only to follow his brother.


February 25th, 2010
12:20 pm


norman – thanks for the props – I do have the answer – we beat up Bulldogs!!! 31-0 at the half!!!!!

The obvious point I am making is that UGA ha been a .500 team in the SEC East over the last four years.

However – I do think that Richt is starting to get his back against the wall – 2010 will be a defining year – if successfull – he is setting the table for UGA to be relevent again. If UGA wins only 8 games – I personnally think he will be in trouble – and the recruiting will continue to suffer – and more blue chippers will opt for Florida, Alabama, FSU etc. get my drift son?


February 25th, 2010
12:21 pm

Let’s not bang on BAMA STAN. He is the resident historian on this board and many of his posts over the last year have been very informative. If you need to know some SEC history, ask him. Okay if he loves his Tide, I love my Dawgs. Ready for September but six months to wait.


February 25th, 2010
12:22 pm

Wow Bama Stan – I suppose all we Georgia fans can hope for is Nick calls Mark and gives him a list of those he wants and maybe, hopefully we can sign a few of Saban’s culls. Doesn’t that sum it up? As for Aub and Carver, evidently you have forgotten how well a recent Carver QB who signed with Aub was treated at Aub. Might want to check that out. Before you “assume” Ala is going to sign both Crowell and Wright, remember this….McGee is an Aub alumnus, James Willis a fellow Aub alumnus departed the Ala staff to join Wingnut at Texas Tech, McGee has 2 fellow Aub alums on the Georgia staff. Could it matter? Guess we will see.

You have a slight revisionist history as regards Momma Bowman in Athens. She was told in advance, prior to leaving home, by the HS coach, you can’t sit in the Georgia section wearing the opponents’ colors, shirts, etc., it’s a trip for Michael. You can show up in it, but you have to take it off to enter the reserved seating area. She knew better, she made her choice. As for respect, she showed a lack of respect for the host, lack of respect for Michael who clearly preferred Georgia. It wasn’t Coach Richt’s fault, she knew the rules and clearly chose to ignore them, which is called a lack of respect in my book.

As for the Georgia program and its status….I can’t argue with you. These rising Seniors were pre-teens, pre-high school the last time the Dawgs won the SEC. Yes, they do view us in somewhat the same light as S Car, clearly ahead of Ky and Aub which we’ve beaten for several years, and liklely a step behind Tenn which has beat the crap out of us 3 of the last 4. There’s an old saying in sports about the ills, problems, all that is wrong….winning takes care of a lot of problems. Win Dawgs, just win.

NC Dawg

February 25th, 2010
12:27 pm

Bama Stan….Alabama has great football tradition. Would you quit talking about it on our UGA site. No one cares! Alabama will get great ball players, so will UGA. I even like Alabama when they are not playing the Dawgs! But, it’s people like you that can make you start hating a program! I can’t stand UNC, because of the obnoxious fans here in NC. I love it when they lose in basketball. Which they are ranked lower in the RPI than UGA. I know hard to believe. So, quit taking up space on our blog and go to your own. Go Dawgs!


February 25th, 2010
12:27 pm

Sorry Bama Stan, we tried to remove the tusks, but they were embedded so firmly we couldn’t budge them. Of course, in Alabama the Tuscaloosa, but that is entirely ir-elephant.


February 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

C’on Bamastan. On behalf of the entire Bama nation, please keep it classy. RTR!


February 25th, 2010
12:45 pm

BamaStan, you said UGA is .500 in the SEC the past 4 years. Do some research, they are actually 20-12 in congerence play the last 4 season and 1-1 against Alabama. All you can do is say ohh we had UGA down 31-0 at the half….Yea Alabama did beat UGA that year but I truly believe it woud have been a different game if a bogus roughing the passer call on a play where UGA recovered a fumbled was never called. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!!!!!!!!


February 25th, 2010
12:49 pm

UGA will always get the kids who grew up dreaming of playing between the hedges; however, it is true this is a very important year. I believe the defense will be significantly better. Ten starters return to a potent offense. The key is quarterback play. We have a favorable schedule, and it is definitely true that wins and losses do favor or damage recruiting. But, I do not believe that a team who has one of the highest wionning percentages in NCAA since 2002…with two conference titles…3 BCS bowl appearances….raked 2nd in the country one year and 3rd in the country another year…and with an impressive consecutive top 10 run can be called irrelevent.


February 25th, 2010
12:50 pm


KD – It is interesting that when you argue with fact and logic – how many people come back at you with HATE!

We all tend to view our teams as better than they are – and UGA fans have not realized until recently that UGA today – and for the last few years – was no better off than the DONNAN years – which was NOT BAD – but not GREAT and not relevent.

Just another good program trying to catch up to the leaders. That is what UGA football has been since 2006. 10 – 10 SEC East record since 2006!! Many UGA fans did not even know or recognize this fact!


February 25th, 2010
12:51 pm

Oh I’m sorry since you mentioned UGA is .500 against the SEC East, well Alabama is all that much better going 12-7 against the West the past 4 years.


February 25th, 2010
12:53 pm

Bama Stan is completely lying about what happened with the Bowman family and his recruitment, I am amazed that he is continued allowed to outright lie about other schools. Chip you should delete his posts as they are for the most part outright lies…Its fine if he wants to state statistics but to continue the ourtright lies against other schools and mostly the dawgs shows how much class he has…Come on dawg fans lets put Bama Stan in his place and lets not continue to let him impose his lies on here…Chip you commented previously that guys needed to calm it down, well to continue to let him publish lies on here is irresponsible…Bama Stan, i’ve checked out your so called resources and they just don’t quite say the same things as you are spitting out..Why not say something constructive on here instead of continually lying about how much insight you have..You are a little man sitting behind a computer which gives you some sense of power…Chip do something about his outright lies


February 25th, 2010
12:53 pm

Excuse me 13-7, typp, so three more wins agsint Miss State, Arkansas and very bad Ole MIss teams.


February 25th, 2010
12:57 pm

There are lies, damned lies and statistics. Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.


February 25th, 2010
1:03 pm

Hey Jason, what about some stats on the last two years….ready for some football. RTR


February 25th, 2010
1:06 pm

Dawg fans keep this in perspective….Georgia has anywhere from 35 to 50 blue chip players for 2011, it’s a big year. There are probably 10-15 UGA won’t even pursue for one reason or the other. So, you will see a lot of headlines in the next year that will read ” so&so bolts for Bama or Auburn..etc. Richt & co will target 20 and get 12-15 of them. Our others will come from out of state. So chill out.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

February 25th, 2010
1:08 pm

Bama Stan, I’ve always liked your posts but this one is Wayyy over the top. Little too full of yourself, Don’t you think ?

Intelligence is defined as the understanding of the difference between fact and opinion. You need work in this regard.


February 25th, 2010
1:10 pm

Bama Stan Your initials says it all about you!


February 25th, 2010
1:31 pm

Bamastan, you need to leard about Roswell Ed …thats whats gonna happen to you…but ya had a good run…13 titles…yea right…


February 25th, 2010
1:51 pm

Chip, the Rodney O’Neal kid that got offered plays at West laurens doesnt he?


February 25th, 2010
1:54 pm

Bama Stan…..Auburn will not get any kid from Carver. 2007 AAA Player of the Year Deron Furr got screwed-over at Auburn…..FSU has a great shot at both also, FSU starting WR J.Fortson went to Carver also.