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.