Rewind: RB Isaiah Crowell could have Marcus Lattimore effect


Isaiah Crowell of Carver-Columbus rips off some of his 207 yards rushing in a 44-0 win over Hardaway. (Robin Trimarchi/Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Isaiah Crowell of Carver-Columbus rips off some of his 207 yards rushing in a 44-0 win over Hardaway. (Robin Trimarchi/Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Looking back at the players, plays and games that caught our attention over the weekend. Let is know what you saw and heard.

I don’ t know about you but I’m thinking South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore probably has the inside track on that SEC Freshman of the Year after seeing his performance against Georgia (32 carries, 182 yards, 2 TDs) this past Saturday.

Speaking of which, that kind of impact is what Georgia believes Isaiah Crowell could have on the Bulldogs next season. Crowell, a five-star running back from Carver-Columbus and the No. 1 target on the Bulldogs’ board, reconfirmed this weekend that Georgia and the Crimson Tide are on top for his services.

In the meantime, Crowell is getting it done on the field. He went off for another 207 yards rushing (231 all-purpose) in Carver’s 44-0 win over Hardaway. Including his 188 against Buford the previous week, that’s 395 yards for Crowell in the last two games.

Afterward, Crowell headed over to Tuscaloosa to take in the Alabama-Penn State game on an unofficial visit. He was understandably impressed with the Tide’s 24-3 win over Penn state.

“I thought the game was amazing,” he told “The crowd was so loud you couldn’t hear the person next to you. The defense looks like it is going to be real good again. I really kept my eye on Trent [Richardson] and how Alabama used him. What I liked about how Alabama uses Trent is that they get him the ball a lot of different ways. They used him in the Wildcat which I loved too. Coach [Nick] Saban has told me before that if I came to Alabama, I would be paired up with Trent next year and sharing the load.”

Next weekend Crowell will be in Athens for Arkansas-Georgia game.

“It is still Alabama and Georgia tied on top,” Crowell said of his favorites from more than 50 offers. “[But] it is really just week to week. I am still going to take my official visits and announce on [national] signing day.”

T.J. Jones gets second TD with Notre Dame

Tai-ler “T.J.” Jones is proving to be the real deal at Notre Dame. The former AJC Super 11 wide receiver from Gainesville got his second straight start for the Fighting Irish against Michigan this past Saturday and responded with three catches for 73 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown. In two games so far the 5-foot-11, 185-pound playmaker has six catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns. That’s an average of 19 yards per catch.

Other Georgians performances this past weekend:

  • Westlake graduate Cameron Newton is now Auburn’s leading rusher and passer after leading the Tigers to a win over Mississippi State this past Thursdsay night in Starkville, Miss. Newton has 241 yards rushing on 33 carries and is 20-of-33 passing for 322 yards with 5 TDs and 1 INT. . . .
  • Former AJC Super 11 running back Mack Brown of M.L. King had three carries for 23 yards in first action of his freshman season at Florida. The Gators won 38-14 win over South Florida. . . .
  • Ohio State All-America DT Cameron Heyward had an interception in the Buckeyes’ win over Miami. . . .
  • South Gwinnett alum Jonathan Krause had five catches for 77 yards and a nine-yard run in Vanderbilt’s loss to LSU. . . .
  • Stephenson alum Raymond Sanders had seven carries for 37 yards and scored two touchdowns in Kentucky’s 63-28 win over Western Kentucky.
  • North Gwinnett graduate JaWuan James got his second straight start for Tennessee and played the entire game at right tackle.

Da’Rick Rogers sees more action for Vols

Da’Rick Rogers, a fellow Super 11 wideout and higher-rated prospect than Jones, got to see more action in the second game of his freshman season as Tennessee took on Oregon this past Saturday. And while he failed to catch a pass this weekend, he did have a 21-yard run off a reverse. That set up a 35-yard, first-quarter field goal for the Vols, who at that point were still in the He had a nine-yard reception in the Vols’ opener.

Rogers is scheduled to appear in Knox County court tomorrow on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest from the Bar Knoxville brawl this summer.

Calhoun moves on without Rogers, Nash Nance

Meanwhile, Calhoun High School’s offense doesn’t seem to have fallen off much in the absence of Rogers and quarterback Nash Nance. Their replacements at the Class AA school have picked up where they left off

In his last two games, quarterback Landon Curtis is 27-of-32 passing for 472 yards and 5 TDs. Meanwhile, WR J.T. Palmer has 9 catches for 184 yards and 4 TDs in the same stretch. Calhoun thumped Pepperell 35-0 this past Friday. Pepperell features Georgia Tech commitment Kyle Harris on the offensive line and 2012 four-star prospect Dakota Ball on the defensive line.

Nance helped Rogers establish a state record with 1,642 receiving yards last year as they led the Yellow Jackets to the Class AA state finals. They both signed with the Vols after reneging on previous commitments to Vanderbilt and Georgia, respectively.

5-star OL Brandon Shell shows off for college coaches

Brandon Shell, a five-star offensive tackle from Goose Creek, S.C., who has South Carolina and Georgia in a recruiting tug of war, scored a touchdown in his game Friday night, according to the Charleston Post and Courier. With coaches from both schools in attendance — including Gamecocks’ head coach Steve Spurrier — Shell (6-7, 310) recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown as Goose Creek defeated rival Summerville (A.J. Green’s alma mater) 64-57 in three overtimes. Shell helped pave the way for 583 yards offense in the game. He was supposed to be at the South Carolina-Georgia game on Saturday but had to take the ACT that morning.

Another Ealey gobbling up yards at ECI

Washaun Ealey didn’t have a great game for Georgia this past Saturday but his little brother had a great game for ECI on Friday. Wesley Ealey rushed for 160 yards and three TDs in 45-21 win over Metter. Darion Moody — little brother of former UGA signee Dexter Moody — also had a big night with 142 yards and two touchdowns. Dexter Moody is now playing linebacker and safety at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College.

Name to know out of Hawkinsville — Fabian Forest

Running back Fabian Forest of Hawkinsville rushed for 255 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead his team to  a 20-14 win over Brookstone. If that doesn’t impress you, consider he’s had 697 yards rushing the last two weeks. He tallied 329 yards on 19 carries in the previous game.

Here’s some other notable performances in Georgia High School Association games this past weekend:

  • Eric Barr isn’t the most-recruited player at Buford but he may indeed be the most valuable. The wide receiver/running back/defensive had two huge scoring returns in the Wolves’ win over Westminster this past Friday. Barr returned a blocked field goal 95 yards for one touchdown and an interception 70 yards for another score. . . .
  • On the surface, the numbers of Sandy Creek wide receiver Alex Chisum from this past Friday might not seem that impressive. But you might change your mind if consider his three catches for 82 yards and a TD all came in the first quarter, after which he sat out the rest of the one-sided contest. Chisum is committed to Cincinnati. . . .
  • AJC Super 11 selection Brian Randolph of Kell had12 tackles and two TD runs in 17-10 win over Woodstock The Tennessee commitment had 25 tackles the previous week. Randolph rushed more than 1,300 yards and had 125 tackles playing both ways for the Longhorns last year. . . .
  • Damian Swann, another AJC Super 11 selection, was a busy man in Grady’s 49-0 win over Towers on Friday. The defensive back/wide receiver had an interception and forced a fumble and also threw a touchdown pass while lining up at quarterback. . . .
  • Filling in for injured starting quarterback Trey White, all T.J. Holloman did for St. Pius was run for a school record 251 yards in a 49-8 win over North Hall. . . .
  • Speaking of St. Pius, junior defensive back Geno Smith had a rushing TD and an interception in the game. He went to Alabama for the Penn State game on Saturday. . . .
  • Hillgrove RB Kenyan Drake had 158 yards on 11 carries and scored a TD in the Hawks’ 42-28 win over North Forsyth. . . .
  • M.L. King WR Demarco Robinson caught three TD passes in the Lions’ win over Collins Hill.

114 comments Add your comment


September 13th, 2010
12:16 pm

Great article, Chip…


September 13th, 2010
12:17 pm

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))


September 13th, 2010
12:25 pm

Crowell is a must get for Georgia.


September 13th, 2010
12:26 pm

“Next weekend Crowell will be in Athens for Arkansas-Georgia game.”
And when he gets a load of Bobo’s offense, he make up his mind early . . .


September 13th, 2010
12:28 pm

Lattimore reminds me of Ronnie Brown at AU.


September 13th, 2010
12:34 pm

I bet if Lattimore sign with Alabama, Saban will not make him be one with out a scholarship due to over signing.

How can Saban always get by with doing this each year?

Glory Glory

September 13th, 2010
12:46 pm

hmmmm.. is up for sale…… weird.


September 13th, 2010
12:46 pm

dap01 your right by my count Saban is already over by 2. If you ask me this is the only reason he has a winning record. He signs as many as he can then he weeds out the ones that don’t play up to their rating. Saban knows he is only a mediocre coach if he doesn’t get the top of the line talent.


September 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

TheTaxJacket ….you are to funny…he needs to learn to throw the ball.


September 13th, 2010
12:50 pm

Crowell is going to Alabama where he can win championships. Unfortunately that will not happen at UGA.


September 13th, 2010
12:51 pm

thats certainly wishful thinking. I thought they already had the best RB tandem in the SEC with Ealey and King? Looking ahead to next year: a UGA September tradition.

Two big time backs are needed in Athens

September 13th, 2010
12:52 pm

UGA must sign to two heavy duty 5 star tailbacks for the 2011 class or it will be the year that we say, “well, 2012, 2013 and 2014 ought to be good when we get a running back to be with by then Senior QB Aaron Murray.” Dang.

Folks ……….UGA has been asleep at the switch and we all know it. Why do we have to go to NJ to get a quality back??? Then, he plays for two and one red shirt year and he is gone. We sure did not max out No Show. We have not signed one quality back in the last 4 or 5 or 6 years. SWD’s Ken Malcomb may be the exception. Who knows.

This is why UGA is lower echelon of the SEC now. Coaching and poor recruiting as to our key needs.
Go Dogs.

Class of 71 & 73.


September 13th, 2010
12:52 pm

I’m from Columbus and I don’t see Georgia landing Crowell. Saban and the Tide simply have too much to offer. Mainly a SEC and National Championship.


September 13th, 2010
12:52 pm

gotta get crowell. if our o line can’t open any holes we better finding running backs who can get yards all by themselves.

gotta get it together next week. go dawgs!


September 13th, 2010
12:54 pm

It’s going to be very hard for UGA to land some of these great recruits when Saban and a lot of the other coaches will play them their freshman year and often. Just like Spurrier running Lattimore 37 times . If lattimore had gone to UGA how many times do you think he would have run the ball by now , if any? Meaning most of the great coaches know these kids have been playing football since they were 7 or 8 years old and many play both ways on their team and are use to plying a lot . At UGA they are red shirted or brought along slowly. UGA needs to expect more from each player and stop coddling them but on the other hand the coaches need to give them a chance to show what they have.

This Kid Is Turning Out To Be Pretty Good!

September 13th, 2010
12:57 pm

T.J. Jones gets second TD with Notre Dame

Tai-ler “T.J.” Jones is proving to be the real deal at Notre Dame. The former AJC Super 11 wide receiver from Gainesville got his second straight start for the Fighting Irish against Michigan this past Saturday and responded with three catches for 73 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown. In two games so far the 5-foot-11, 185-pound playmaker has six catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns. That’s an average of 19 yards per catch.

jimmy mack

September 13th, 2010
12:58 pm

crowell will play immediately at uga. not share time like he would at bama


September 13th, 2010
12:59 pm

Dawg fans…instead of all the negative remarks, lets get behind this team…We have recruits looking at our program and they take away what they see and hear during their visits…Of course winning is very important, but these guys like to know how they will fit in and with the system we run…I hope our backs can have a great day on Sat…but i want us to do what it will take to win the game and that may mean opening up the passing game…If ever our O-line needed to step up it is this sat…Back to Crowell, he is a gem of a RB..we need that and hopefully the young man can see that, but i have known for a while that Bama was the team to beat for him and you can’t blame him for taking a hard look at what thery do…Both schools pretty much run the same type of offenses but Bama is definately doing it better right now…The stadium needs to be loud this Sat and lets just put the SC game behind us and mover forward…Go Dawgs…

I am old

September 13th, 2010
1:04 pm

Grew up in the 50s and 60s and for my money the NFL had Lenny Moore, # 24. He was my idol, my hero. Man, was he great running and catching the ball. The old Baltimore Colts squads.

Lattimore. There was a great NFL running back named Willie Lattimore for the old LA Rams of the late, late 50s and early 60s. To me, that name meant running back of the highest quality. Young Mr. Lattimore did not disuade me from that thought. If hec ontinues ……….he WILL BE mentioned by late October in the Heisman talk ……….bank on it. If he gets 150-200 yds plus per game. He sure will be if SC is indefeated without a doubt!!!!

I predicted that he would hurt UGA last week but coming out of the SC backfield as a dump off route receiver. I do not think SS even tried that route one time ………………Lattimore got it all on the ground.

UGA is in deep T folks. Cannot tackle, cannot rush the ball, cannot play heads up physical D and cannot surge with that over rated O line. Got some lazy kids too.


September 13th, 2010
1:15 pm

Lattimore looks like a healthy Fred Taylor


September 13th, 2010
1:24 pm

Does anyone know how many YAC Lattimore had on Saturday out of his 182 yards rushing?


September 13th, 2010
1:24 pm

Might wanna re-do your math on that 2-game rushing total.


September 13th, 2010
1:28 pm

Lattimore reminds me of adrian peterson . he is not as fast but he runs with the same power and he doesn’t fumble.i guess you dont have to be as fast when you can just carry defenders into the end zone .


September 13th, 2010
1:29 pm


GoldenDawg – interesting comment about Saban being a mediocre coach.

The reality is SABAN has won two (2) National Titles at two (2) different SEC schools – both rebuild jobs. How many National Titles has UGA won under Richt?

Hey – I like UGA and Richt – but Richt’s program has lost ground ground to Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, KY and has lost 3 of 4 to Tennessee.

I agree that you have to protect your young QB – but you also play to win – not play “not to lose”.

Now I ask you GoldenDawg – If you are I. Crowell what school would you choose?

– UGA is 10-11 in it’s last 21 SEC East Games
losing 3 of last 4 to Tennessee and Florida
splitting 2 of last 4 with KY and SC
3-1 against Vandy
– UGA has fallen back to the midpack of the the SEC.
– UGA in not nationally ranked.
– UGA percieved to be yesterday’s program.
– UGA – leads the SEC in Arrests and EXCUSES – “‘Always next year!”

– Alabama – won the National Title
– Alabama has won the SEC West 2 years in a row
– Saban has won 2 National Titles – 2 different schools
– Alabama facilities – 100M plus stadium – and the school is in the national spotlight.
– Alabama is ranked #1 in the nation.
– Alabama is young – has depth – and Crowell is the number one target.

HMMMM – if you are a premier Running back – which of the above do you choose?

Brandon Shell:
– Your State school just ran over UGA
– Two years running SC has physically dominated UGA
– SC seen now as a team that is moving moving forward and gaining national respect
– UGA – out of the polls.

UGA needs a big win Saturday against Arkansas.

Obvious Statement – UGA loses to Arkansas Saturday – you are out of the SEC race as you are now 2 games plus tie breaker behind SC.


September 13th, 2010
1:31 pm

Latimore is going to be great but i think Ealey could break alot of tackles if he hits the LBs and safeties with a 7-10 yard running start-nobody touched the guy at the line of scrimmage

[...] to the report, Georgia believes Crowell could have a “Marcus Lattimore [...]

Dekalb football fan

September 13th, 2010
1:35 pm

Georgia needs to seriously come and check out Demarco Robinson MLK Wide out . He would make a great slot receiver and all around player for them . Every receiver does not have to be 6′ 2 or better to make big impact . UGA don’t sleep on some of the talent at MLk . They came to the 7 on 7 this summer and put on a show. There are other colleges on these players , don’t miss the boat and be slow. I am a knowledgable UGA fan who knows how to evaluate talent.


September 13th, 2010
1:37 pm

“Got some lazy kids too.”

Yeh, I tend to agree. I’m not going to bash my team on here completely. And hope some of these recruits can see that we really do need them to come in and replace some of our players we have right now. UGA has a few good ball players such as Murrary, Houston, and AJ (when he’s not breaking NCAA rules). But we are riddled with players that just don’t have their heart in it. I hope Richt can get their attention and fast.

I think we match up against Arkansas a little better than we did against USCe. That said, if we lose to the Hogs it’s time to bench some folks, put the young pups in and take our licks.


September 13th, 2010
1:45 pm

Golden Dawg,
I am a UGA Alum and you are a moron for calling Saban a mediocre coach. What in the world are you thinking? He wins whereever he goes in college and has won 2 BCS Championships. As long as he is at AL, UGA will be lucky to win the SEC unless he has a young team when we play them. Their top 3 running backs are better than our 2 co-starters at RB. UGA and Richt can’t help it that we are in the same conference as Saban and Meyer, who in my opinion, are the 2 best coaches in college football. I love Richt and will always support him but AL is on a different level than us right now. Now, if Richt doesn’t change that in the next couple of years, I am sure they will make changes.

BullDog Fan

September 13th, 2010
1:45 pm

Did Carlton Thomas for the Bulldogs play? I don’t think I saw him in the game. That kid is on the smallish side,but he can run…..should have started him in the game

Dekalb football fan

September 13th, 2010
2:00 pm

With Aj Greene the game would have been totally different . The guy is the top receiver in the country . A player like Greene can dominate in college football and this opens up other areas in your offense . No matter what his absence can’t be understated. There is a difference if you have a veteran QB and your top receiver is out. Georgia was close to tying the game before the Ealey fumble . Ealey didn’t play last week making him rusty. People need to stop acting like Georgia doesn’t have a chance at competing for SEC title off of one game. Who did Alabama beat this weekend nobody ! Penn State only has Paterno if u want to be serious about it. They don’t have a QB at all . Alabama beating Penn State Was a big hype game. Alabama didn’t dominate last year they survived a few games last year to teams that were not even supposes to compete with them . They get a lot of breaks because of Bear Bryant being a god to a lot of people in the south. Georgia does need to use their talent more . Brandon Smith would be a big threat playing on offense. Why was Kendrome Malcome not playing any at RB? UGA will be fine , it’s not like they played South Florida or Jacksonville State.


September 13th, 2010
2:08 pm

The thing about Lattimore is UGA didn’t recruit him. We offered but didn’t go after him. We went after Mack Brown. Someone else who will probably come back to haunt us. Which tells me our evaluation process has a chink in it

Chip Towers

September 13th, 2010
2:09 pm

CBB1: According to Travis Haney of the Charleston Post and Courier, 125 of Lattimore’s 198 total yards (receiving included) came after initial contact. Travis, a friend of mine, watched replay of the game and added it up.


September 13th, 2010
2:14 pm

Did you miss Toccoa’s Tauren Poole Sat night? He had like 160-some yards against Oregon and sits atop the SEC. He had about 5 runs between 20-40 yards, one TD and broke many many tackles.


September 13th, 2010
2:20 pm

UGA should get the WR from Wrightsville. He can go get any thrown ball.

Paul in RDU

September 13th, 2010
2:30 pm

Yep – who did Alabama beat? What the heck has PSU done recently apart from going 11-2 the last 2 years and beating LSU in a bowl game?
And they play in a rinky dink stadium and have no football history. What a lousy team they are.

Pago Pago Dawg

September 13th, 2010
2:32 pm

Word on the street, this kid is going to ….’Bama. He likes those SEC/NC rings.


September 13th, 2010
2:36 pm

@CBB1 I’m with you..Saban is a winner and Bama is darn lucky to have him…


September 13th, 2010
2:36 pm

I. Crowell needs to be a DAWG…we NEED him to be a DAWG…and he will play, possibly start, as a freshman. I just hope we get him an OC with some balls so he can show why he was so highly recruited. Bobo was a great dawg, but as an OC, he has been and will continue to be terrible. He is predictable and cannot think like the premier OC’s in this league.


September 13th, 2010
2:37 pm

With the awful playcalling and the poor coaching on the offense period, Crowell will be headed to UA. Changing the players on both the offensive and defensive lines might help but until we get a qualified Offensive Coordinator at UGA, we will never attract top offensive talent again.


September 13th, 2010
2:43 pm

GoldenDawg, I hate to say that, maybe if UGA did this we would have top talent at UGA. Saban is a great college coach, not NFL quality. Maybe if McGarrett could presuade Jimmy Johnson out or retirement, we could accomplish the same thing that UA has done. Can’t criticize Bama for what they have done and how they look, because UGA looks like a big joke and frankly I am tired of Richt and Bobo’s excuses. Hope the new AD has already began the search for their replacements.


September 13th, 2010
2:59 pm

Bama Stan………………………………It’s like knowing your mama’s crazy and you’re in denial. We’ve got problems in Athens. This State produces 10-12 5 star studs a year, and we get few. Beautiful campus and stadium, pretty decent tradition. These boys out to begging for a chance to play in Athens. In business or life, you have to have vision. My vision is we win 7 or 8 this year and lose Crowell to Bama. I hate it. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know what Saban is telling that young man. I love UGA football, but after two disappointing years, this is the product we put on the field. No depth at RB or DL and DE. Very average LB group. A secondary scared to hit. That game was closer than it looked Saturday, and Georgia usually plays better as the year goes on. Let’s hope so. Murray is a winner. Let’s hope as Dawg fans Saturday was a wake up call.


September 13th, 2010
3:04 pm

Grantham is going to have to plug that big gap between the tackles or we will be making a lot of RB’s look good this year. This defense is suppose to FREE UP the LB’s to make plays i read. They better start.


September 13th, 2010
3:21 pm

If Saban is telling this kid he will share the load next year with Richardson I don’t see how the dawgs can compete. It’s logical to say that UGA will be better next year with the growth at qb and the D having a full year to adjust but seriously… unless this kid is a die hard dawgs fan and his life long dream is to play for them then why wouldn’t he go to Bama. What can the dawgs offer him that Bama can’t and then some?!?

10-11 in the East since ‘05??? I’m sorry but that is far from acceptable, especially with the talent and recruiting classes we’ve been getting. Saying that Richt is the best coach UGA has ever had isn’t saying much.


September 13th, 2010
3:24 pm

if you watched ND vs Mich game you would have seen the Jones kid actually drop the ball before celebrating BEFORE actually reaching the end zone….it shouldnt have been a TD.

Long Gator

September 13th, 2010
3:25 pm


UGA football record last 21 games vs SEC EAST.

Read it and Weep.

Prepare for annual beatdown in Jax


September 13th, 2010
3:26 pm

Every year the dawgs claim that so and so will be the next Herschel Walker – 30 years later still can’t find him. A top 10 recruiting class will get you 6pts in Columbia.


September 13th, 2010
3:27 pm

“Saban gets the ball to Richardson in a lot of different ways”. That just bumfuzzles me.


September 13th, 2010
3:31 pm

FalconUgafan: I wouldn’t say Bama is lucky to have Saban- they went out and got him. Just like UGA has never went out and got any notable.


September 13th, 2010
3:36 pm

10 years…………………..last 5 fading…………………..AU fans ought to know the feeling. This is redux
Tuberville. Tommy needed a change of venue…………..I’m afraid Mark does. I liked Tuberville. Like Mark. But you can only have so many “average” years in the SEC. 8 wins this year and 9 or 10 next, he’s fine. 7 this year and 8 next, he’s not. 4 loses are big when you’re been watched pretty close.
pretty good class coming in, if we can hold’em.