Carver-Columbus RB Isaiah Crowell bails on Georgia’s Junior Day

Isaiah Crowell is not going to make it to Athens after all.

The Carver-Columbus running back, the No. 1 prospect in the AJC’s “Tentative Top 10,” abruptly canceled his plans to join three teammates at Georgia’s Junior Day on Saturday. Carver coach Dell McGee confirmed the news via text message Friday evening.

“Something came up,” McGee said. “But Gabe Wright, Quincy McKinney and Deion Bonner will be there.”

Asked if anything could read into Crowell’s cancellation, McGee replied, “No, sir, not at all. Something with a family member.”

Georgia’s status with Crowell seems to have changed dramatically over the last few weeks. Early in the year he indicated the Bulldogs were his favorite and said he would be comparing everybody else to them. But ever since visiting Alabama and getting an official offer from coach Nick Saban he has said the Crimson Tide is the team to beat. He reaffirmed them as leader to a national recruiting analyst on Friday.

“I like Alabama because I’m real comfortable with the coaches there and like the players too,” he said told Allen Wallace of Scout.com. “I’ve got a good relationship with them. I love how they run the ball. They really showcase the back. I also like coach Nick Saban and his whole staff.”

Wallace said Crowell favors Alabama slightly over Florida State, Georgia and Clemson. He and Wright took a day trip over to Auburn on Friday.

Crowell has not returned messages from the AJC this week.

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theTruth

February 26th, 2010
7:52 pm

CHIP, that answers my question on your other blog. Keep up the good work. I would love to have Crowell but I think I could ’settle’ for Brown, Sims, Bellamy, or Green.

theTruth

February 26th, 2010
7:54 pm

CHIP, any chance Crowell might have given Bama a silent commit? Saban has been known to frown on commits to ‘check out’ other schools. (Not as bad as CPJ tho).

poopdawg

February 26th, 2010
8:01 pm

Uga will find a heck of a RB that wants to be a Dawg!

layinlow

February 26th, 2010
8:11 pm

Now this prima donna crap has started with high school players who are only juniors? Please. I will be willing to bet he will not end up being the best back from the state of Georgia when its all said and done.Mark Ingram the heisman trophy winner was only a 3 star recruit. This hype of high school kids by these recruiting services is getting out of hand. What next? Will scout and rivals be ranking the top middle schoolers in the country? Really. I wouldn’t be shocked if it came to that.

Worm

February 26th, 2010
8:12 pm

Expect the Tide to receive NCAA attention SOON!

Sweet Home Alabama

February 26th, 2010
8:24 pm

I tried to tell you hillbilly Mutt fans that he is a tide silent committ.I have sources close to this.I am working on new information,we will be number one again next year and number on e in recruiting.

Ps.I AM getting a roll tide tatoo and my armpit.I have saved money up and i am readey to do this.Eat your harts out mutt fans.You are second rate ,i mean third rate.

ROLL TIDE ROLL…………….

globeflyer

February 26th, 2010
8:33 pm

Hey Worm! You’re a bit late; they had the NCAA’s attention back in January….seems they handed them a crystal football…

Debose

February 26th, 2010
8:37 pm

Expect more top prospects to leave the state again to play ball again in 2011.

private plane watching

February 26th, 2010
8:56 pm

Hey layinlow- now Crowell is a prima donna– you are the typical uga joke. Your program is average at best in the SEC and CMR can’t keep the top talent from leaving the state. This kid is the best RB in the state and uga has no chance in getting him. Enjoy 3rd place in the SEC East next year

watch out for uga in 2014

February 26th, 2010
9:07 pm

We need to focus on beating KY at home. Then we can work on getting top in state recruits.

Go dawgs!

ChuyDawg

February 26th, 2010
9:16 pm

Here we go again. How come we haven’t heard about a top commitment leaving the state of Alabama the last 2-3 years? There seems to be a stronger work ethic on the recruiting side over at Bama. Lets go Dawgs, damn it already.

Big D Dawg

February 26th, 2010
9:20 pm

sweet home don’t hold your breath on being a repeat #1. on second thought….

private plane watching

February 26th, 2010
9:21 pm

hey chuy dawg- one word- Saban. Enjoy your time with Mr. Sun Tan. He seems like a nice guy

SSG Desert Dawg

February 26th, 2010
9:22 pm

Wow, I really wish UGA “fans” would quit bashing these kids the minute a rumor starts about them showing more interest in a rival school. They are high school kids making one of the most important decisions they will ever make. They should go where they feel comfortable and where they feel they will best succeed. I would love for Isaiah Crowell to play for UGA. I want all of the best players to come to UGA, but only if they want to be there. If I were a recruit and read some of these blogs I would think twice about coming to UGA, and that is a damn shame. I expect bloggers from other schools to come on UGA blogs and say ignorant and hurtful things about recruits because they are not Bulldawgs, however, I expect more from Bulldawg Nation. UGA will get our fair share of great players. I want a championship as much as anyone. These negative comments only hurt recruiting efforts. You’re foolish if you think some of the recruits do not read these posts.

Gator Nation

February 26th, 2010
9:30 pm

Sounds like “what came up” was crimson and white. Gator priority=James Vaughters!!!

private plane watching

February 26th, 2010
9:35 pm

Hey Big D Dawg- Not sure about Bama next year, but I have a strong feeling uga will repeat as winners in the weedeater bowl!

ChuyDawg

February 26th, 2010
9:47 pm

This is exactly why i like Bama fans so much. Where were you during the Shula days? You were probably an Auburn fan. But hey, enjoy your time, every team gets their sunshime. Just can’t wait for the headline “Saban Bolts” All hell will break loose in ABALAMA. Just ask an LSU fan.

private plane watching

February 26th, 2010
9:54 pm

chucky- you are correct. I heard Saban might leave Bama for uga next year– LOL. We have 13 sunshines. 1980 is a distant memory. You can always pull for Herschel in his future fights!

Jon

February 26th, 2010
10:19 pm

As a die hard Alabama fan I also think that Georgia is a great school too. Georgia is my second favorite SEC school. Georgia has never had problems with the NCAA and runs a clean program. Mark Richt is a class act as a Coach and man. I would love to see Georgia win the SEC East and play Bama in the SECCG. Dawgs have some of the best fans too. Roll Tide and Go Dawgs! Bitter fighting over a junior in highschool is silly and classless. Let the kid go where he wants to go and if it is Georgia or Bama then wish him well.

Iraq Dawg.... HOOAH!

February 26th, 2010
10:22 pm

let him go. He’s just a tailback. There is plenty more RB’s out there im sure that wont think twice about being a DAWG and will sign. Its nice to see Bama fans cuz the only time you hear from them is when they win. Typical bandwagon fans

Tdawg

February 26th, 2010
10:27 pm

Let him go for crying out loud. If he wants to go to Alabama then I say buy him a bus ticket and send him on his merry way. A running back is only as good as his o-line anyway. If a kid doesn’t want to come to Georgia or Georgia Tech for that fact, then I say forget them. There are to many kids that would be proud to take that scolarship. This kid is obviously on a ego trip and needs to be the center of attention. Please forget about him, do not feed his ego anymore. If he ever wanted to be a dawg or jacket then he wouldn’t try and make you jump through hoops. Look coach Ricth this kid never intented to sigh with Georgia, he just want’s to see how far you will go to please him. Don’t fall for it because I have a feeling that Saban has already offered him more than you can or will ever be willing to offer him. Coach forget him. Too many good kids dying to get into Georgia. If he truely wants to come to Georgia then he will, if not then he want. Just stop coddling these brat,s, not just Crowell but every damn one of them.

Crimson nation

February 26th, 2010
10:36 pm

Chuydawg,

Funny thing but when Notre Dame and USC were looking for a new head coach you never heard Saban’s name mentioned. Did you happen to notice that and wonder why you dork? Because he is not a freaking candidate. And as for the pro ranks. The man took a pay cut to go from a great franchise like the dolphins back down to college. Funny though that folks like you been saying that idiotic stuff for 3 going on 4 years now. Keep hoping buddy if hoping Saban leaves is all you can hang onto.

Crimson nation

February 26th, 2010
10:40 pm

Iraq whoah,

“The only time you hear from Bama wins is when we are winning”? Yep. And apparently you’ve heard a lot from us since Alabama is the single winningest program of the last 100 years. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

CHRIS

February 26th, 2010
10:44 pm

Chip. you bias dip sheak. this is your lead blog. a story about a jr in high school. why do es the ajc keep your sorry ass. all dawg fans should boycott the ajc because of you.
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Oddsmakers favor Alabama to win a second consecutive BCS title

February 26th, 2010
10:47 pm

But the real advantage Ala­bama players have is Nick Saban, their coach who has extensive ex­perience in pro football as well as the college game.

“He gets them not just ready from a standpoint of understand­ing offense and defense, but mentally, he makes them tough, he makes them competitive, he makes them strong,” the San Fran­cisco 49ers’ general manager said.

UGAKev

February 26th, 2010
10:51 pm

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE A BULLDAWG THATS YOUR RIGHT ,WE WANT PLAYERS WHO WANT TO BE DAWGS AND WE WILL GET GREAT PLAYERS WHO WILL LOVE PLAYING AT UGA.

renegade#1

February 26th, 2010
10:54 pm

Kids holding adults hostage is all that recruiting is, children that are hardly old enough to have a brain trying to get grownups to bow down and kiss their punky immature azzes. No way would I beg any of these attention seekers to come screw up the chemistry of the dog nation. Ga needs winners not whiners go crap in somebodys elses sandbox we dont need the smell or your arrogrance.

Oddsmakers favor Alabama to win a second consecutive BCS title

February 26th, 2010
10:57 pm

Mike Singletary, the 49ers’ head coach, also raved about the quality of players Saban is producing.

“Nick’s done a great job of getting good, solid foot­ball players there,” Sin­gletary said. “Very disci­plined, smart, physical. All of the things you want on a winning football team.”

The pro-style offense gives Alabama players famil­iarity with NFL systems, Sin­gletary said. “There is a difference when you’re running the spread vs. the pro-set,” he said. “There’s a difference when you get in the NFL, a comfort zone.”

Bib Bad Bod

February 26th, 2010
11:08 pm

I thought I read somewhere on here where someone from Alabama was calling Georgia hillbilly. I know that nobody from Alabama would do that since they are the REDNECK HILLBILLY CAPITAL of the World. Is your trophy still on display at Wal-mart or have you moved it to Big LOts?

Flo-Ri-Duh!

February 26th, 2010
11:17 pm

Sweet Home Alabama- when you get the arm pit tattoo – don’t forget to tattoo the other arm pit – redneck and proud of it!

Oddsmakers favor Alabama to win a second consecutive BCS title

February 26th, 2010
11:18 pm

Alabama’s April 17 A-Day spring football game will again be televised nationally by ESPN, according to an announcement today by the university. The game will start at 2 p.m.

ESPN televised last year’s A-Day Game, which did not deter a crowd of 84,050 from showing up at Bryant-Denny Stadium. At least 84,000 fans have been announced at each of Nick Saban’s first three spring football games at Alabama.

GoldenDawg

February 26th, 2010
11:26 pm

Sweet Home Alabama all you have to do is look at Saban’s past to see that he will be at Alabama for maybe 2 more years at the most.

zulucanibal

February 26th, 2010
11:30 pm

From what ive seen Crowell is one of the best running backs not only in the state of Georgia but to the whole country…im sure he is no where close to making a decision now.

Oddsmakers favor Alabama to win a second consecutive BCS title

February 26th, 2010
11:46 pm

Rose’s pedigree suggests the 6-foot-1 cornerback will one day play for Auburn. He is the son of former Tigers defensive back Charles Rose.

But that didn’t stop Alabama from being the first school to of­fer a scholarship last Wednesday. He’s expected to be one of the state’s top prospects in the Class of 2011.
Rose said he has already spent “40 minutes” in Alabama coach Nick Saban’s office. Saban made “a big impression,” Rose said.

“I really liked how Coach Sa­ban talked about Alabama’s strengths,” Rose said. “He didn’t make it an Alabama vs. Auburn thing at all. He didn’t even men­tion Auburn. I thought that showed class.”

GoldenDawg

February 26th, 2010
11:58 pm

I saw him at Auburn this morning

GoldenDawg

February 26th, 2010
11:59 pm

Sorry, Crowell I mean

Oddsmakers favor Alabama to win a second consecutive BCS title

February 27th, 2010
12:03 am

The ongoing south end zone expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium is scheduled to be completed July 1. University of Alabama will expand Alabama’s stadium beyond 101,000-seat capacity.

Have a Question????

February 27th, 2010
2:33 am

I feel Georgia has slid in their recruiting efforts the last few years. The top prospects seem to want to go to FLA/ALA/TENN/AUB/LSU … what’s going on. On the outside it looks as if Georgia’s not putting forth the effort with instate prospects. Other teams pull the trigger early and Georgia just seems to hand around thinking everyone’s dying to come to Georgia. I truly believe we need new life and new effort in our recruiting. Georgia’s program still seems dead and lifeless even with the changes. I think CMR is going to have to take a strong increase in his personal participation in recruiting as per Miles/Saban/Meyer. Does anyone else feel Georgia’s recruiting is in a decline?

P. Bull Terrier

February 27th, 2010
2:48 am

How can anyone pass judgement on this kid due to a change of plans during his Junior year? It’s one thing to criticize a guy who bails out on his committment on National Signing Day, but Crowell is nearly a year away from having to make a decision about his college future. At a time when most high school Juniors’ are having a tough time figuring which shirt to wear to class or which party to go to on Saturday night, people are trashing a kid because his plans for this weekend changed. He has plenty of time to visit UGA and make a decision. For now, let’s just let him be a kid.

BAMA FAN #2

February 27th, 2010
3:16 am

I can here Eli Gold saying TOUCHDOWN ALA-BAMA!!! Come on down to Tuscaloosa Mr. Crowell and bring Gabe Wright with you!! RTR

Bobbydawg

February 27th, 2010
7:40 am

Until Bobo and Richt come clean and admit they intentionally jerked the qb at Carver of Columbus around rather than continue to lie and say it was an “oversight” or “mistake”, we’re going to continue to have problems there. Coach McGhee would not have banned them from the school if he felt it was an honest mistake. Richt and Bobo messed with the kid and they know it, they’re just not man enough to own up to it.

Johnny FuPa

February 27th, 2010
7:45 am

Does Georgia Tech not even get in the mix for top Running Backs In State?

[...] Recruiting: Carver-Columbus RB Isaiah Crowell bails on Georgia’s Junior Day Isaiah Crowell is not going to make it to Athens after all. The Carver-Columbus running back, the No. 1 prospect in the AJC’s “Tentative Top 10,” abruptly canceled his plans to join three teammates at Georgia’s Junior Day on Saturday. Carver coach Dell McGee confirmed the news via text message Friday evening. Georgia’s status with Crowell seems to have changed dramatically over the last few weeks. Early in the year he indicated the Bulldogs were his favorite and said he would be comparing everybody else to them. But ever since visiting Alabama and getting an official offer from coach Nick Saban he has said the Crimson Tide is the team to beat. He reaffirmed them as leader to a national recruiting analyst on Friday. [More] [...]

Topp Dogg

February 27th, 2010
7:52 am

I might get Role Tide tattooon my nutsack!

Atl AU

February 27th, 2010
8:07 am

Wright and Crowell were in Auburn Friday for an unofficial visit. That’s not unusual since Columbus is so close.

Ed

February 27th, 2010
8:13 am

you leghumpers crack me up. a top RB has a strong interest in UA than UGA….and it’s because UA is cheating? has nothing to do with:

1. UA is defending NATIONAL CHAMPS
2. UA had 2 RBs that were stars this year on the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP team
3. UA runs the ball more than most
4. A current UA RB who will head to the NFL the year before Crowell would enroll just won the HEISMAN TROPHY

I know reality is a challenge for some of you guys, but please think before you speak.

1eyedJack

February 27th, 2010
8:30 am

He’ll change his mind twenty times before next Feb.

Major Payne

February 27th, 2010
9:47 am

Crowell is still in Auburn for the weekend. Don’t forget McGee was an Auburn DB in the 90’s.

Rose now lists Auburn as his leader and I would say he is a lock for Auburn.

Oddsmakers favor Alabama to win a second consecutive BCS title

February 27th, 2010
9:54 am

INDIANAPOLIS — For years, Gil Brandt was a respected ex­ecutive with the Dallas Cowboys. Now he’s a draft analyst for NFL.com, and he’s mar­veling this week about the quality and quantity of Alabama players who are par­ticipating in the NFL Scouting Combine.

“There’s a lot of good character players there,” he said.

What does he mean by “character”?

“They’re good people,” Brandt said.

“Nobody has less off-the-field problems than Alabama does.

“No. 1, if I remember correctly, Coach (Nick) Saban doesn’t offer a scholarship to anybody he hasn’t seen personally. That means he’s been in the house and he knows what he’s getting. They have enough clout that they can get just about anybody they can get.

Dap01

February 27th, 2010
10:50 am

The UGA recruiters need to focus more on the South GA players. CMR needs also to hit the bushes a little harder himself.

This CEO personna is bogus.