THE MONDAY MORNING REWIND
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 BamaOnline.com. “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:
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: