RB Isaiah Crowell says Alabama now leads Georgia

Isaiah Crowell now has a favorite school, and it’s not housed in the home state.

The five-star running back from Carver-Columbus confirmed Tuesday that Alabama is now in the lead for his services. Crowell was in Tuscaloosa this past weekend for the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide’s 31-6 win over Florida. And he was impressed with what he saw.

“It was a great experience,” said Crowell, an AJC Super 11 selection and the No. 1 tailback prospect in state. “It was nice to be around the players and coaches and see how they get focused and prepared for a game. And they played a great game.”

Crowell also confirmed that it’s down to Alabama and Georgia for him. For the longest time many have felt the Bulldogs had the edge because they could offer more playing time earlier.

But the Bulldogs’ 1-4 start compared to Alabama’s current status as defending national champions and the country’s No. 1-ranked team is too stark a contrast to ignore.

“Well, they’re losing a lot of games and have a lot of people have been getting in trouble,” Crowell said of Georgia. “There’s just a lot of things going wrong. I do want to play right away but I also want to be where it’s disciplined and they win championships.”

Nevertheless, Crowell hasn’t given up on Georgia. He still plans to come back to Athens for a visit and won’t make a decision until after the season.

Like, right after it.

“I think we’re going to win the state championship, so I’m going to make my announcement right the championship game,” he said.

Carver (5-0) is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Class AA. It could be argued the Tigers are the best overall team in the state.

Meanwhile, Crowell is solidifying his status as the top back in the state and one of the top few in the country. Despite being dogged with a number of injuries, he for 886 yards and 9 TDs in five games.

This past week he played barely three quarters but finished with 144 yards on seven carries and scored three touchdowns.

“Well, my toenail came off,” Crowell said matter-of-factly. “I’ve got turf burns on my arms from the LaGrange game. I have an ankle sprain.”

Asked if he expected to miss any playing time, Crowell said, “No, sir. I’m good.”

Yes, sir. He is.

392 comments Add your comment

Home state

October 5th, 2010
7:45 pm

Come to UGA and dominate !

Dawgsfaninin

October 5th, 2010
7:45 pm

Sad just sad

Bryant-Denny Stadium 4th largest on campus

October 5th, 2010
7:46 pm

Welcome to your new home.

Dawgsfaninin

October 5th, 2010
7:46 pm

Enter your comments here

bigtime

October 5th, 2010
7:49 pm

The rich get richer and the dogs get “arrested” . ROLL TIDE

Matthews Dawg

October 5th, 2010
7:50 pm

Time will tell where he goes! If he doesn’t want to be a Dawg, then he doesn’t. He will change his mind 20 times between now and the time he decides. He didn’t say he isn’t still interested in UGA. Then things would be much worse.

Rustynail

October 5th, 2010
7:51 pm

It’s gonna get better at GA,starting this weekend

Dawgsfaninin

October 5th, 2010
7:51 pm

Why are BAMA fans on here? Don’t you guys have anything better to do like worshipping the devil? Or do you guys still call him coach?

Paul

October 5th, 2010
7:53 pm

Kid’s injury prone. Nobody great ever came out of Carver. Take a pass on this one. Get a guy who loves Georgia.

P.S. Saban’s never stayed at a single school for more than 5 years in his 36 years as a coach.

Country Boy

October 5th, 2010
7:54 pm

Lowndes 25…… the floor is yours.

Mark Richt's Barber

October 5th, 2010
7:58 pm

Now we have high school recruits that admonish our program for the lack of discipline and the lack of winning. The top RB in the Nation expects more out of an institution where he will spend the next 3 to 4 years than he sees at Georgia. Disgusting! I can’t reconcile Mark Richt the Man and Mark Richt the Coach.

Paul

October 5th, 2010
7:58 pm

Betcha Saban hopes Crowell doesn’t find out how few RB’s Alabama has in the NFL right now. Or for that matter, how few players Alabama has sent to the NFL. Let’s just say, over the years, Richt blows Alabama away at getting guys into the NFL. Enjoy that college career, you’ll be selling insurance after college if you play for Alabama.

Dawgsfaninin

October 5th, 2010
8:00 pm

This kid has said many times that he does love Georgia. The problem is he is scared that if he does come here his coach might get fired or half his team will go to jail.

Buzzzed

October 5th, 2010
8:00 pm

“Well, they’re losing a lot of games and have a lot of people getting arrested,”

Holy smokes, that hurts.

Georgia is in my blood

October 5th, 2010
8:02 pm

Interesting comments from this young man. He has a relationship with CMR so I wish I could ask him if he thinks CMR is the reason why these young men get arrested. If he wants to join the team that’s already on top… more power to him. I’d like to see a Georgia boy that takes pride in being a Georgia Boy, wants to play for the Dawgs and be a part of the reason that they get back on top. If you are an impact player, come to UGA and make a difference!!! Go Dawgs!

Scott

October 5th, 2010
8:04 pm

Kid will get maybe 15 touches a game. Saban likes to rotate backs. Never get the touches to put up the big numbers.

Georgia has Murray at QB, who does Alabama have once Mcelroy’s gone? Nobody. Advantage Murray. See you on the field Crowell, you’ll be on the losing side.

Bryant-Denny Stadium 4th largest on campus

October 5th, 2010
8:05 pm

Isaiah Crowell, meet your 2011 offensive line. They will be there when you take over from Trent.

William Vlachos Offensive Line
JR
6-1/289 2L

Chance Warmack Offensive Line
SO
6-3/310 1L

Barrett Jones Offensive Line
SO
6-5/301

D.J. Fluker Offensive Line
FR 76
6-6/340

Arie Kouandjio Offensive Line
FR 77
6-5/335

Michael Williams Tight End
SO 89
6-6/270 1L

JMar

October 5th, 2010
8:05 pm

I don’t think Bama’s had much trouble putting players in the NFL. Their last bunch of running backs have made it: Leron McClain, Kenneth Darby, Glen Coffee, and obviously Ingram and Richardson will. And anything pre-Saban is pretty irrelevant.

klazz

October 5th, 2010
8:05 pm

I Crowell, we need you in Athens. Come and start for UGA next year. You can make a difference and turn the state school into a championship team. Don’t give up on the red and black. Only a couple of years ago, UGA was the best in the SEC and #2 team in the nation.

Terry

October 5th, 2010
8:05 pm

Mark Richt has 35 backs lined up, waiting to make this team. Give me a break. 95% of these 5 stars don’t turn out worth a darn anyways.

Bama Fan #2

October 5th, 2010
8:06 pm

Well things have changed for the good for the crimson tide!! Crowell will be 3rd team at Bama
after Trent Richardson and Eddy Lacy. Sounds like Kirby Smart is doing a great job in recruiting
the kid. RTR

Dawgsfaninin

October 5th, 2010
8:08 pm

Georgia is in my blood thank you!!!! I have waited so long to hear someone say that. Whatever happend to home state pride. When I was a kid we were proud of where we were from. When will top Georgia talent want to bring a national championship home to Georgia?

Georgia is in my blood

October 5th, 2010
8:08 pm

Get a life people. Make no mistake about it, this young man is a great player, but UGA football is bigger than him and will always be. Let’s not make it seem like because he has a “new leader” that the sky is about to fall in Athens. Stop jocking these kids. If he doesn’t pick UGA the sun will still rise in the morning. If the Dawgs struggle next year and in the future it won’t because of this ONE player. The Dawgs will be back. Some people make it seem like the words of one teenager (after a visit to another school) means doom for a program. It’s not that serious.

True UGA Fan

October 5th, 2010
8:10 pm

That’s right Cromwell, be a follower not a leader! You have an opportunity to be the backbone of an offense and a team. Go to Alabama and be a back-up, or come to UGA and be a starter. Help make a difference, where is your UGA heart?

jellybeandawg

October 5th, 2010
8:11 pm

He wont get the opportunity to “play right away” at Georgia. Moreno was red shirted his 1st year and didn’t play until the 7th game of the following year and the same thing will happen to Crowell.

Richt refuses to start or even play true freshman tailbacks because he says they don’t understand the blocking assignments. I hate to say it but he wouldn’t even be given the opportunity to play until 2012.

Bama Fan #2

October 5th, 2010
8:13 pm

Dawg fans if you want to turn the program around CALL THE TEXAS COACH IN WAITING and
back up the brinks truck!!! RTR

UGA Rules!

October 5th, 2010
8:15 pm

Why in the heck would he come to Athens? Wait until we hire the new head coach and then confirm with us! The current staff needs to go, a new head coach and his staff need to come in FIRST!

Big L

October 5th, 2010
8:15 pm

Sounds like Saban has been coaching him well. Just spouting back the crap he was told in Bama.

Malcolm Mackey

October 5th, 2010
8:16 pm

Still don’t see a direct quote that says “Alabama leads.”

Greg

October 5th, 2010
8:16 pm

Ingram is projected first round this next draft and Richardson first round the year after.Both get limited carries but excellent blocking and awesome media coverage. If I were considering going to a school if i could get in the first round without wearing my body down thats where i would go. Also the national championships and staying out of jail wouldnt hurt.

Dawgsfaninin

October 5th, 2010
8:17 pm

Again, Why are Bama fans on here?

Realist

October 5th, 2010
8:18 pm

Paul, you sound pretty pitiful. Dont get mad at this kid because even he sees that Georgia football and Coach Richt is spiraling out of control. If anything, you should be praising a kid who wants to go somewhere where there is discipline, oh, and by the way, they WIN. Your NFL argument is irrelevent, Bama has plenty of players in the league, and will have many more to come. They have two backs there now that will be first rounders. Stop bashing the kid because he made a statement that makes a world of sense. He sounds more reasonable than you. You should be mad at your head coach for Crowell’s statements, because he is responsible for the debacle in Athens. Get a Life.

ryan

October 5th, 2010
8:21 pm

Last i checked Coffee retired from the NFL Darby has been a backup .

Bryant-Denny Stadium 4th largest on campus

October 5th, 2010
8:21 pm

Win No. 19 in a row for Alabama did more than maintain the Crimson Tide’s No. 1 ranking. It solidified Alabama as the country’s best program. And it’s not even close.

jellybeandawg

October 5th, 2010
8:24 pm

Paul is just your typical angry & bitter UG fan. A looser in all aspects of life and has to make disparaging comments about others to make himself feel better about his own miserable existence.

AltamahaDawg

October 5th, 2010
8:25 pm

Can’t blame the kid for wanting to be part of that Bama train right now, but either he thinks HE is somebody that would do something to get arrested for or he doesn’t. Nothing is going on with the UGA program making kids get in trouble. Is he saying he is afraid he will not be guided well enough, that he might too? (unless his point was, and anyone knows Athens has a much lower tolarance than most college towns, which wouldnt exactly thrill me a prospect)

Bama will also not be at the top of the world forever. In fact history would say he is getting there a bit late to catch the apex. Easy to see the draw right now though.

Bama Fan #2

October 5th, 2010
8:28 pm

Bama has won 19 games in a row and the dawgs lose to Miss St and Colorado back to back!!
HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bryant-Denny Stadium 4th largest on campus

October 5th, 2010
8:29 pm

Atlanta’s Sophomore left guard Chance Warmack was recognized as the SEC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week.

Warmack received the top grade on the Alabama offensive line. He allowed no sacks, no pressures and had no missed assignments and no penalties against the Gators. He had key blocks on both Mark Ingram TD runs against Florida.

private plane watching

October 5th, 2010
8:30 pm

More typical GA fans… once they learn a 5 Star has turned on them, they no longer NEED him. You guys are 1-4 and continue to act like your rule the football world. Guess what– your program is a JOKE!

Greg

October 5th, 2010
8:31 pm

Hey Dawgfaninin,

Do you have a clue to what section of the AJC your in? Its called College Recruiting…not whatever dawgfaninin wants it to be. Chill dude! Also the article is about a future Bama player.

globeflyer

October 5th, 2010
8:32 pm

JMar,
Your thought process is correct. Paul, on the other hand, has been puffin’ something other than rabbit tobacco. Bama has not had a lot of NFL running backs during the “lean years”, but I think that is about to change in the very near future. Every school has it’s ups and downs and, unfortunately for UGA, this is a “down” time. If their fans stay as classy as they have been (historically), they will be back on top.

ryan

October 5th, 2010
8:34 pm

If UGA does not seal the deal with Crowell i am done with college football if we can’t keep our own instate players F U UGA .

Red Grange

October 5th, 2010
8:35 pm

Hey kid, come to Bama. We need you. I’m from Columbus too and it would make me proud to have a fine young man as you are to come to the big T.

I-185

October 5th, 2010
8:37 pm

Perhaps Isaiah has noticed what happens to those 4 and 5 star reruits once they arrive in Athens.
They become irrelavent.
Isaiah can become Trent Richardsons understudy. Who is his mentor at UGA?

mike

October 5th, 2010
8:38 pm

Hard to argue, after Ingram’s Heisman, that Saban’s rotation of the backs, stops a great back from getting the “numbers.” Ingram is out of there next year and Richardson the year after. They’ll both be going to the NFL. If you’re a top running back recruit, Alabama represents a great opportunity. If UGA keeps losing, I would be too concerned about who the next coach at UGA is going to be.

Ole Yeller Dawg

October 5th, 2010
8:39 pm

Sounds to me, like he is driving his asking price up just a little!

That flush you heard...

October 5th, 2010
8:40 pm

was all of the inevitable national championship talk going down the toilet AGAIN in Athens. Bulldogs- all bark, no bite.

ryan

October 5th, 2010
8:41 pm

I guess Crowell wants to take the easy way out in stead of taking a challenge like Lattimore and being main guy .

Greg

October 5th, 2010
8:49 pm

Totally agree that Alabama has been down. We did have the MVP of the league back in 05 and I don’t UGA has ever had a MVP running back. Also we have 3 active Running backs in the league today (would have been 4 but Coffee decided to retire for religious reasons). UGA only has 1 that is active since Knowshon is out. But hey don’t let the facts get in the way of a good arguement.

StraightJacket

October 5th, 2010
8:52 pm

Hey, why not?

Last I heard, Saban only had about 35 commitments for 2011. He’s been trying to beat Houston Nutt’s record of signing 37, so maybe he can get there next year. That SEC math is really amazing! Everybody else limits themselves to around 25 a year, 85 scholarships total.

Saban (making Nutt look like an amateur) has somebody else add it all up for him, and then issues “medical” scholarships to kick kids off the team.

Not a bad deal for doctors though: Any doctor issuing “medical opinions” that justify moving kids off the team (and hence, the scholarship total) gets 4 25 yard line tickets. For each additional kid that the doctor issues “opinions” on, the doctor’s seats improve by 5 yards toward the 50 yard line. Once there, doctors can earn “points” toward luxury suites in Bryant-Denny.

Seriously: This immoral action of kicking kids off the team so you can give “new” kids scholarships is the kind of crap that Bobby Dodd tried to legislate OUT of the SEC back in the early ’60’s (and that was BEFORE scholarship limits!). His opinion was that if you made a MISTAKE in evaluating talent by giving scholarships to players who didn’t pan out, then the COACH should be the one to take the blame for that mistake. Passing the buck of that responsibility to the KID by stripping is scholarship is … well. …. a prime demonstration of having “no class”.

‘Bama has 8 scholarship seniors this Fall. They have 19 commitments for 2011. You do the “SEC Math”. So, … who will get the “medical” scholarships NEXT year, while getting kicked off the team?

It is wrong. Flat out immoral.

Quit the charade. Eliminate the loopholes. Or else just forget calling it “College Football”, and start a NFL minor league farm system.

That’s really what the SEC should do anyway ….