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.