Ten@10: Isaiah Crowell shows Mark Richt love after TD

THE TEN AT 10:

Isaiah Crowell (1) ran for 188 yards and a 90-yard touchdown in Carver-Columbus' 14-0 win over Buford this past Friday. (Photo by Robin Trimarch/Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Isaiah Crowell (1) ran for 188 yards and a 90-yard touchdown in Carver-Columbus' 14-0 win over Buford this past Friday. (Photo by Robin Trimarch/Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

1. A lot of people saw and/or heard about Isaiah Crowell’s 90-yard touchdown run in Carver-Columbus’ 14-0 win over Buford this past weekend. What they probably didn’t see was what happened at the end of Crowell’s scoring jaunt. As he celebrated his way back down the sideline, he stopped and spontaneously hugged Georgia coach Mark Richt, according to several eyewitness accounts. Richt was attending the game along with UGA running backs coach Bryan McClendon (and coaches from Auburn, Tennessee and several other schools). Even though Crowell initiated the “contact,” it’s unclear if the hug constituted some sort of NCAA secondary violation. The general rule is only a handshake is permitted. But given the sometimes illogical reasoning in the NCAA manual, you never know.

2. Crowell, who ended up with 188 yards in that game, told numerous outlets afterward that he plans to visit Alabama this weekend for the Penn State game and will be in Athens for the Georgia-Arkansas game on Sept. 18. Arguably to top running back prospect in America, Crowell has upward of 50 offers and claims his recruitment is still open. However, most expect him to choose between the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs some time after the season.

3. Don’t be surprised to see running back Romar Morris reconsider his recent commitment to North Carolina. Morris committed to the Tar Heels over Georgia Tech last month. But that was before the NCAA’s investigation of UNC reached a boiling point. Since then, more than a dozen players were suspended for the Tar Heels’ opener against LSU in the Georgia Dome last weekend. Then John Blake, their recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach, resigned on Sunday.  The 5-10, 175-pound Morris is one of the top senior running backs in North Carolina and a two-time state champion sprinter.

4. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said Monday Zach Rogers, not Da’Rick Rogers, will start at wide receiver against Oregon this week. Zach is a sophomore from Nashville; Da’Rick is a freshman from Calhoun. The Vols’ regular starter at that split end, Gerald Jones, is expected to miss the game with a broken hand. Da’Rick, the top prospect in Georgia last year, had one catch for nine yards in the 50-0 win over Tennessee-Martin last Saturday. “Da’Rick made a lot of strides the last couple weeks,” Dooley told reporters in Knoxville on Monday. “He struggled a little bit early in camp. . . . Da’Rick has done well the last couple of weeks, so we expect him to get better every week.”

5. Tight end Nick O’Leary of Dwyer High in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., had a fantastic game against Glenville of Cleveland, Ohio, in the nationally-televised Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Rated by Rivals.com and ESPNU as the nation’s No. 1 tight end, Jack Nicklaus’ grandson finished with 152 yards on nine receptions and a touchdown. But that’s not what he will be remembered for in this game. ESPN cameras caught O’Leary throwing his helmet in disgust and giving referees an obscene gesture at the end of the contest, controversially won by Glenville 26-22. Despite video evidence to the contrary, referees twice ruled against Dwyer on what appeared to be game-winning touchdown plays in the final seconds. Nevertheless, O’Leary made nothing but positive statements during the game, which was attended by his famous grandfather. In addition to tight end, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound athlete played defensive end, running back, wide receiver, punter and holder. As for recruiting, Miami and Florida State are thought to lead Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina in O’Leary’s final five. His father, Bill O’Leary, played football for the Bulldogs in the 1980s.

6. Monroe Area’s Stephon Tuitt, the No. 2-rated defensive end in Georgia, is heading up to South Bend, Ind., this weekend to take in the Notre Dame-Michigan game as an official visitor with Fighting Irish. Tuitt (6-5, 260) has Notre Dame in his final five along with Georgia Tech, Auburn, Clemson and Miami. Most expect him to sign with the Yellow Jackets and coach Matt Fligg said he’s “getting very close” to announcing a commitment. Meanwhile, Tuitt’s helping Monroe Area conduct one of the bigger turnarounds in the state. Winless the previous two seasons, the Purple Hurricanes are 2-0 this year after moving down a classification. So far Tuitt has 13 tackles and four sacks.

7. AJC Super 11 linebacker A.J. Johnson of Gainesville made a visit to Clemson this past weekend, according to PalmettoSports.com. Recent reports have the Tigers trailing Florida and Tennessee for Johnson.

8. The recruitment of Milton basketball star Julian Royal seems to be moving swift conclusion. The 6-foot-9 power forward made an official visit to Georgia this past weekend and plans trips to Georgia Tech (Oct. 1) and Wake Forest (Oct. 3) in the next month.

9. Hope you got to see the report on a new emerging talent out of Central Gwinnett, running back/slotback George Morris. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior accounted for 417 yards in the Black Knights’ 34-31 win over Chapel Hill Friday night. Morris’ feat — which included 216 yards receiving and 160 rushing — was one of the items in the AJC Recruiting Blog’s new weekly feature, “Monday Morning Rewind.”

10. THIS & THAT: Alabama picked up a commitment from Jesse Williams (6-3, 330), a four-star defensive tackle from Yuma, Ariz.  A native of Australia, Williams chose the Tide over LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Oregon State. . . . Brett Hundley (6-3, 210) of Chandler, Ariz., one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects, committed to UCLA, according to ESPN.com.

115 comments Add your comment

memphisdawg

September 7th, 2010
10:33 am

I know it was Louisiana Lafayette, but the D looked outstanding Saturday. Completely different looking performance from previous years. Their quarterback looked confused and quite frankly scared a large part of the game. Hope it is that effective against a quality SEC team this week.

Brian

September 7th, 2010
10:43 am

So, are you actively trying to get UGA in trouble with the NCAA. I’m sure other people saw it and if it was a violation would have reported it, but are you just trying to make sure nothing slips trough the cracks? I don’t know the position of UGA, but I really would grant you no access at all…no matter where you went to school.

albanytechfan

September 7th, 2010
10:51 am

Brian, Chip, like almost all AJC writers are Dawgs.

Davey Boy Smith

September 7th, 2010
10:58 am

Yes, but just like Mark Schlabach turned his back on the Dawgs in order to boost his career during the Harrick fiasco, it seems that Chip is too stupid to realize that he often does more harm than good for his alma mater.

Too bad that Mark Richt is not a communist dictator like the head men in Tuscaloosa and Gainesville, or he would make sure that Chip gets “reassigned.”

GeoffDawg

September 7th, 2010
10:58 am

You didn’t take a photo of the hug, did you Chip?

B

September 7th, 2010
10:59 am

i really do not like you or schultz

ECB

September 7th, 2010
10:59 am

First to say First….Kent Rollins for High School Player Of The Year!

Greg

September 7th, 2010
11:03 am

Chip- I like your commentary a lot, but I dont know why you feel the need to always point out that something may or may not be a violation of NCAA recruiting rules. It doesn’t make it “hip” if you’re the one that points out an infraction.

recruitnik

September 7th, 2010
11:03 am

chip you are a complete moron. you shouldn’t be covering recruiting, but instead be on tmz for the crap you try to start.

CLEVON LITTLE

September 7th, 2010
11:04 am

albanytechfan , they’re not really ‘DAWG’ fans…they just like to be associated with WINNERS.

Davey Boy Smith

September 7th, 2010
11:05 am

GeoffDawg….unfortunately the timer went off before Chip could make it a 3-way on the sideline…rest assured, though, that he is perusing the Facebook pages of every Carver student and their parents….he will not rest!

CLEVON LITTLE

September 7th, 2010
11:06 am

CHIP = LAZY reporter. BTW…

CLEVON LITTLE

September 7th, 2010
11:07 am

BTW… Do they teach you this CRAP in Journalism school???

BigBad

September 7th, 2010
11:13 am

Chip, I’m curious as to the UGA/Stephen Tuitt relationship, or lack thereof. What’s the deal? Did UGA not recruit him, is there a beef? I could see if he was a brain like Calvin Johnson, or James Vaughters and wanted to go to Stanford, Tech, Notre Dame, etc. But he has Auburn and Clemson in his final 5 so thats not the case. Whats the story?

ryan

September 7th, 2010
11:16 am

Its looking good for UGA to get Crowell i like are chances with Xzavier Dickson as well things are turning around Grantham is the real deal . And Mark Fox to get a another top recruit in Julian Royal that would be sweat .

Chip Towers

September 7th, 2010
11:20 am

Wow, surprised by the reaction to this. I’m not trying to get UGA in trouble. The NCAA reference was tongue-in-cheek! I would say Crowell hugging Richt is nothing but a good sign for Georgia.

Bama Fan #2

September 7th, 2010
11:21 am

It looks like the Crowell kid is headed to Athens to be a dawg and Bama better move on for the
next great running back. Getting the JuCo from Australia will help Bama destroy the running games
from the rivals that play the crimson tide. That boy is hugh and better have Fosters beer on tap
at the houndstooth!! RTR

Chip Towers

September 7th, 2010
11:22 am

BigBad: Yes, Georgia has recruited and is recruiting Tuitt. He just has the Bulldogs sixth among his suitors.

Moronic Tech Fan

September 7th, 2010
11:23 am

CHEATERS!!!!!!!

I told you the UGA program is dirty!!!

I’m off to play Humans vs. Zombies now.

VA DAWG

September 7th, 2010
11:24 am

BigBad,

UGA could see the writing on the wall that they were trailing and in turn they have put a greater emphasis on other recruits such as Xzavier Dickson and others. We can’t get them all, but it sure would be sweet if we could. GO DAWGS!

Dawg House

September 7th, 2010
11:24 am

Chip, since it lookslike you are actively reading these psosts right now, when does the next poll come out? Isnt it usually on Mondays?

KD

September 7th, 2010
11:33 am

BigBad, Tuitt does not have UGA on his list for an official visit, because he has been to UGA several times for unofficial visits and he knows what UGA has to offer. He colleges allowed 6 official visits instead of 5, then they would be on his list.

Tokyo jacket

September 7th, 2010
11:34 am

Look for Morris to be a jacket. After about 10 dudes had carries (including a true freshman) last week, we have proven that he’ll get yards and carries. At UNC, he might get a playoff ban. Which would you chose?

GStateBen

September 7th, 2010
11:36 am

Chip any word on recruits in attendance on Thursday’s opener for Georgia State? There were plenty there as far as I saw and I’m sure there will be plenty on Saturday as well.

ryan

September 7th, 2010
11:36 am

It shows that these Tech fans live in there basement guys like harold who have nothing better to do than just be a hater .

TXDawg

September 7th, 2010
11:45 am

Chip,

With Bama getting the commitment from Jesse Williams (6-3, 330), a four-star defensive tackle from Yuma, Ariz. Do you think that will play a roll in who Gabe Wright looks at?

UGA's needs

September 7th, 2010
11:47 am

Going forward, UGA deperately needs about 3 big time D linemen and 3 big time line backers to learn under new D coach TG. We also need about two fast and preferably taller corners. For now at safety, we are good.

On the o line, UGA still needs to recruit one or two or three more big time O linemen, as we lose about two or three every year and have for many years. They quit, blow out a knee or what have you. We have one fine kid on the team as a true frosh but he blew out his knee in HS and will he ever get to play at this level? Who knows??

I also desire about two fast and big 6′1″ or 6′2″ running backs. If it is the young man from Columbus, then great.

Are we on target to achieve this recruiting plan?

Go Dogs.

Destin Dawg

September 7th, 2010
12:01 pm

Isaiah… come to UGA.. be a home state hero… close to friends & family… great things going up hill in Athens.. USA’s best college town…. Parade Mag #3 public university…. USA today top 20…. new coaches.. rejuvenated Junkyard Dawgs… watch us go Dawgs !!!!

ryan

September 7th, 2010
12:08 pm

After last night Boise St vs VT do you think we should have a playoff format what you think i like your opinion .

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 7th, 2010
12:13 pm

Who is Bama recruiting from Australia? This will be interesting to see ho he adjusts. Is he a Football player or a rugby player?

DEKALB COUNTY

September 7th, 2010
12:16 pm

georgia coaches rodney garner and tony ball were @ the swd carver game to see LB terrance smith and TE william goodwin . they like goodwins size 6′9 230 and speed to go along with his great hands he did his best to impress 5 rec for 57 yards and 3tds

DawgGoneFishing

September 7th, 2010
12:19 pm

I’m going to stop reading all this stuff about recruiting. We will know when the kids sign and I have no control nor input. And the fish are biting !!!!

OEJ

September 7th, 2010
12:20 pm

Lowcountry Bulldawg.. The guy is 6′4 330 JUCO guy. I’ve seen film and he quick for his size. He will definitely be their new nose guard once he gets adjusted to thier D

Ace

September 7th, 2010
12:26 pm

He must get a suspended liscense to play for the puppies.

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 7th, 2010
12:30 pm

Chip,

The real dawg fans knew you were kidding. Those others must be Tech fans. Geez you throw in a bit of humor and the place goes bananas.

Now if Crowell had tried to kiss Richt… That would of been a violation of the worst sort… except for the Tech fans of course….

Ted Striker

September 7th, 2010
12:33 pm

It’s a little funny how touchy some folks get when a guy covering their favorite team, well — does an excellent job covering their favorite team. There’s no foregone conclusion regarding what Isaiah Crowell did with Mark Richt, but that can’t be interpreted as a BAD sign.

Some of you guys seem a little high strung.

David

September 7th, 2010
12:34 pm

It is interesting Chip that so many people took what you wrote as negative and not tongue-in-cheek. As soon as I read it that is the way that I took it. Look everyone the NCAA is nothing more than Big Brother on Steroids and all they are doing right now is creating paranoia and it makes teams be overly cautious. If anything the number one back in the country hugging your teams head coach is a good thing, could you imagine if that kid goes to UGA next year. He could red shirt because you would still have Ealey and King next year, not to mention Thomas… That would mean the following year you would have Crowell as a redshirt freshman with Thomas or Ealey if they come back for their senior year.

RAP

September 7th, 2010
12:36 pm

I am new to the area but have noticed that Division 1 colleges have plenty of GA talent on their rosters. Anyone know the count?

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

September 7th, 2010
12:39 pm

Where do these posers come from? At least this time “MY” blog name wasn’t misrepresented by a dumb comment.

BTW – Chip, keep up the good work, I remember what it was like being subjected to TMoore’s columns…..you are not even close to being similar.

Uga J

September 7th, 2010
12:42 pm

This is not tongue and cheek- it is now a front page, hyped, AJC Sensationalized news story with a picture of Crowell for you to click. Really AJC– this is such unnecessary sensationalization and a big turnoff to those really interested in UGA news. Let the NCAA do their job Chip, they don’t need the AJC policing for them. Gheez.

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

September 7th, 2010
12:42 pm

UGA’s Needs – sounds like a Christmas wish list man or an order form at Office Depot.

When does the new bail bondsman sign?

September 7th, 2010
12:48 pm

lord knows the current one is getting a lot of playing time!

JB

September 7th, 2010
12:48 pm

Southern Miss had over 400 yards of offense on that Carolina Defense we’re supposed to be scared of. I like our chances. The OL at Carolina is average at best and has no depth. I like our chances. We have the best place kicker and punter in college ball. I like our chances. I believe Richt is 7-2 against Carolina. I like our Chances. Richt’s teams play very well on the road. I like our chances. Murray looked pretty good Saturday and Mr. Brantley at Florida, who is all the press has talked about all pre season, looked like he’d never seen a football field, against a light weight no less . Murray will be fine. I like our chances….

"Da Real" Damon Evans

September 7th, 2010
12:53 pm

Yeah boy, dat be a real thuga recruit. You gots to teach dem to start breaking da rules early.

trueUGAfan

September 7th, 2010
12:53 pm

RAP, do us a favor and count them, then holla back…

GoldenDawg

September 7th, 2010
12:54 pm

Hey Chip, why doesn’t any of the recruiting sites cover and out the coaches that practice over signing? To me it seems unfair to the recruits to commit to a team only to find out they don’t have a scholarship come signing day.

Axlrodes

September 7th, 2010
12:57 pm

Some of the people on here need to really lighten up. Chip is just giving everyone what they crave, which is ‘insider information’ on the recruiting situations. He is providing information for free that other websites charge $15/month.

The same guys complaining will also be the first to go tell their buddies that Crowell and Richt ‘hugged’ it out after the TD run. Its like a woman critizing that others are gossiping, but at the same time loving every minute of it

JB

September 7th, 2010
12:57 pm

Murray looked pretty good Saturday. You would think after reading all the press all summer that Brantley would have had the good game and Murray would have looked lost. Murray will be fine. 3 rd and 3 for the Gators will never be the same. The ole snap to 15 and let him pick a hole is gone.

Dawg Man

September 7th, 2010
1:01 pm

It probably was, but so what. The NCAA is worse than congress when it comes to doing the right things.

Rafael Belliard

September 7th, 2010
1:05 pm

Chip,

This is a recruiting blog, correct? Why do we have hourly updates on The’Rick Rogers? Tennessee signed him, he’s no longer a recruit. Let it go.