Dressed in UGA gear, 5-star RB Isaiah Crowell headlines visiting recruits

Athens — Went to the Georgia-Georgia Tech game at Sanford Stadium Saturday night. It was a wild one, as usual, but I didn’t go to see the game as much as I did the recruits.

As everybody knows it is a huge recruiting weekend for the Bulldogs. Dozens of prospects were expected and it looked like they all showed up. You’re not permitted to interview or take pictures of prospective student-athletes (that’s what the schools call them) while they are on a recruiting visit, so I can’t provide any keen insights. But I can give you a quick rundown of what I saw.

(1) As I tweeted early this evening, Georgia’s No. 1 recruiting target was in the house. Carver-Columbus running back Isaiah Crowell, accompanied by several teammates and family, was decked out head to toe in Bulldogs’ gear. Of course, he famously (or infamously) wore an Alabama cap to the Auburn-Georgia game a couple of weeks ago at Auburn. This time he had on a beige Georgia cap turned backward over his dreads, a red Georgia pullover and red, black and white tennis shoes. I couldn’t take a pic so I just figured I’d describe it for you.

(2) Crowell was one of at least five AJC Super 11 members at Sanford Stadium Saturday night. Also there were Grady DB Damian Swann, North Paulding WR Chris Conley, Griffin DE/OLB Xzavier Dickson and Valdosta TE Jay Rome was there but didn’t see him either. I didn’t see Wilcox County QB/DB Nick Marshall, though one recruit told me he thought was there. Thomas County Central DE Ray Drew passed up the visit, as I reported he would earlier in the week.

(3) Somebody who was here that I didn’t expect to see was former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Mettenberger, of course, was dismissed by the Bulldogs last spring after an arrest. He’s starring right now for Butler Community College in Kansas, the No. 1-ranked junior college team in America. But he apparently not being re-recruited by UGA, according to UGA commitment Watts Dantzler, who was standing on the Georgia sideline with Mettenberger before the game. “Hahaha, no,” Dantzler said via text message. “He just came to hang out with us.”

(4) I didn’t see him myself or talk to him myself but Rusty Mansell of 247Sports.com said 2012 QB Greyson Lambert of Wayne County received a scholarship offer Saturday. He was already holding offers from Alabama and Clemson. I’ll try to catch up with Lambert this week.

(5) Again, there were way too many prospects on hand to compile a comprehensive list. But here is a collection of recruits I was able to ID:

Wadesboro, N.C., LB Stephone Anthony (2011), Tampa-Jefferson LB Ramik Wilson (2011), Grady RB Marcus Caffey (2011), Eagles Landing Christian DB Avery Walls (2011), East Paulding OL Taylor Gadbois (2011), Americus Sumter OL Uneik Crumbley (2011), Elbert RB Valdon Cooper (2011), Lovejoy OL Lamont Hardy (2011), North Gwinnett LB Brandon McGowan (2011), Troup LB Reuben Foster (2011), Carver-Columbus DB Deion Bonner (2012), North Hall WR C.J. Curry (2012 commit), Peachtree Ridge OL Alex Jauregui (2012), Jenkins County OL/DL Jonathan Taylor (2012), Jenkins County WR Lavontay Evans (2012), North Florida Christian DB Travis Blanks (2012), Lanier County DE Junior Gnonkonde (2012); Hampton, S.C., RB Dondre Brown (2012); Buford TE/LB Dillon Lee (2012), Carrollton TE/DE Zach Gordon (2012), Union Grove DB D.J. White (2012), Wilkinson County TE Alvin Dupree (2012) and Grayson DE Robert Nkemdiche (2013).

That doesn’t count 2011 commitments, most of whom were there. And, like I said, those are just recruits that I saw as I passed through the field on my way to the pressbox. So don’t freak out if I didn’t mention somebody who was supposed to be there. Feel free to let me and everybody know who you saw or read about elsewhere.

313 comments Add your comment

marcg

November 27th, 2010
10:21 pm

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Hunker Down

November 27th, 2010
10:39 pm

nice play by boykin

Hunker Down

November 27th, 2010
10:47 pm

any d prospects at game can pick team and play next year the way teams look tonight stopping

Rural Education

November 27th, 2010
11:22 pm

You will get to see the #1 defensive player in the nation next year. Mr. Clowney will be coming to South Carolina.

little saint simons

November 27th, 2010
11:22 pm

42 34. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha We run this state

RxDawg

November 27th, 2010
11:27 pm

Well that was one of the worse feeling wins in a while….

Recruits, we need you now.

If UGA had ANY defense we would of had a pretty decent year.

Eat it St. Simons

November 27th, 2010
11:28 pm

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah NICE EXTRA POINT!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe Quisenberry

November 27th, 2010
11:28 pm

Saint simons, Where are you coward? We run this state!!!!! 2 in a row. 9 of last 10. 42-34. MVP of the game is Scott Blair.

little saint simons

November 27th, 2010
11:30 pm

9 of 10 WE RUN THIS STATE hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahaha

Never eating at the Outback Resturant again.

November 27th, 2010
11:30 pm

I hope Crowell noticed we need him…now.

Dublin Dawg

November 27th, 2010
11:30 pm

They all should have seen we have lots of holds to fill. Grantham should either resign or forfeit his salary. Mark should consider giving some of his back also. Out coached and out played. Lucky, lucky, lucky.

Dublin Dawg

November 27th, 2010
11:31 pm

Some holes to fill also.

T Dawg

November 27th, 2010
11:31 pm

i hope we get isiah crowell but if we dont will still have a top 10 recruiting class

T Dawg

November 27th, 2010
11:33 pm

Dublin Dawg y u gotta talk bad bout grantham he coached good enough to win the game for his 1st yr against the triple option he did well

81Dawg

November 27th, 2010
11:33 pm

Crowell really needs to come and fix this running game. I am scared to death when either of our backs has the ball in his hands.

VA ADWG

November 27th, 2010
11:35 pm

I think both teams tried to lose this game….tech just happened to want to lose it more. Terrible ball handling by both teams, but a win is win. GO DAWGS!

Tripple lindy

November 27th, 2010
11:43 pm

I agree with RxDawg. Though it’ll be nice to have Jarvis jones and Richard Samuel (not Samuel L) at LB next year. We need all the help we can get. An RB who can hold on to the ball would be nice, too.

saint simons

November 27th, 2010
11:45 pm

congrats dogs, you gave up about 500 yards to our backup freshman QB

saint simon

November 27th, 2010
11:47 pm

9 of 10 or 9 of 13?

Supes

November 27th, 2010
11:47 pm

Yes, this was a lucky win for us, but I’d rather win lucky than not win at all…keep things in perspective people.

Our D couldn’t stop them most of the game and Bobo once again getting conservative playing with a lead (when UGA was up 2 TD’s) that was timid playcalling for sure.

At least King didn’t see the field again after he fumbled in a key spot for UGA once again (UGA driving for a score). Hopefully msg will be sent…u fumble and cost the team an opportunity for a score…you sit the rest of the game.

Seminole Danny

November 27th, 2010
11:47 pm

I keep reading the same reactions in the comments. Why is everybody so proud to win off of a mistake? Knowing that 99.99% of the time the game would’ve been tied. Why brag about the Ga. Tech kicker missing an extra point. Shouldn’t you just be happy that you got lucky

bardawg

November 27th, 2010
11:48 pm

Just extremely happy we won the game tonight , Hope we looked appealing to the potential recruits tonight ,cause we sure do need ‘um

Supes

November 27th, 2010
11:48 pm

Attention TECH TROLLS:

Aaron Murray could have thrown for 500 yards if Bobo had called more passing plays and didn’t back off with a lead…so I wouldn’t be talking sh*t about how many yards UGA gave up. Darn clueless tech trolls…figures.

Rut Roh

November 27th, 2010
11:49 pm

your backup qb is getting on the bus a loser with the rest of ‘em

bardawg

November 27th, 2010
11:52 pm

I said I was happy about the win tonight , not proud of it

college foot

November 27th, 2010
11:53 pm

saint simons suck on this jackleg {42-34}HAHAHA

DAWGFAN

November 27th, 2010
11:55 pm

Stephone Anthony was there how big was that? Do we have any chance with him thought he was a lock with Clemson or Florida! Maybe a replacement for Justin Houston if he leaves!

uga 2010

November 28th, 2010
12:00 am

I am happy with the win. I like the new reverse run block by the fullback.

bardawg

November 28th, 2010
12:03 am

If any of these guys we’re trying to recruit would sriously think about next year , the infalliable Alabama has proven to be not be so indestructable ,Auburn , when the truth is revealed about those guys , they’re going to be on probation for the next 5 years. South Carolina is still South Carolina Uncle Urban seems to be on a downward slide , The only logical decision is UGA! GO DAWGS!

Chase

November 28th, 2010
12:05 am

Makes me feel good Isaiah was decked out in Red and Black. That would be HUGE for the Dawgs. Good win tonight, too.

sandiego

November 28th, 2010
12:05 am

even if they make the kick, GA marched down and would hit the chip shot. Tech played with heart- I thought we would roll them.

Chase

November 28th, 2010
12:08 am

Chip, on the Alabama hat, that looked more like an Atlanta Braves hat to me more than a Roll Tide. What do I know though?

Tripple lindy

November 28th, 2010
12:11 am

Seminole Danny, are you blind or do they not teach reading in Tallahassee? And Saint Simons (if that’s really you) — 9 of 13 doesn’t exist anymore when the NCAA rules you had ineligible players (and some would argue an ineligible coach)

BleedRed

November 28th, 2010
12:13 am

More passing plays? Thats basically all the Dawgs ran tonight. The o-line just CANNOT support a continuous running attack. The Dawgs needed balance tonight to keep the bugs ball handlers off the field. Instead, we would score in 39 seconds and put the d back on the field. “Please!” to the recruits out there. THe Dawgs NEED some big fresh blood on the o-line and the d-line.

JRW7

November 28th, 2010
12:14 am

Way to go DAWGS! ISAIAH CROWELL we need you!!!!!!!!

63 jacket

November 28th, 2010
12:17 am

without mark at uga how many will choose uga. mark will be at miami next year

twest

November 28th, 2010
12:20 am

Guys…Guys… I hate to be the one who breaks the news this class WILL NOT….WILL NOT fix the drought on our defense!! We have a serious shortage of players on def. I say start calling studs off Miami team that want to transfer with Shannon firing.

Bulldog huff

November 28th, 2010
12:22 am

extra point did not cost tech the game. not being able to pass did!Go Dawgs!

dawgster

November 28th, 2010
12:23 am

Whether we were lucky or not the point is we made some plays and they made some plays, both defenses need to be looked at as i don’t think eithere team will win any championships until they become better and more physical…but with all that being said, we won and i’m very proud of our dawgs and coaches…no we don’t have the record we thought but we didn’t quit, and we have an opportunity to work on things with a probable bowl game ahead….go dawgs and great win….

Chip Towers

November 28th, 2010
12:26 am

Chase: It was an Alabama hat. Crowell said so himself.

bigdog

November 28th, 2010
12:32 am

63jacket==UGA will always own tech nomatter who is the coach-tech just SUCKS!!!!!

Left to Right

November 28th, 2010
12:33 am

Matt Stafford was in the house. Maybe he met a few of the recruits.

bkbroila4224

November 28th, 2010
12:36 am

well….the most talented team won……the smarter coach…..not so much…Go dawgs!!!

Bob

November 28th, 2010
12:48 am

Evidently Chase has never seen an Atlanta Braves A.

75-76-DAWG

November 28th, 2010
1:22 am

Again Bobo made a game that shouldn’t have been close , too close. We should have thrown the ball 40 to 50 time and would have scored at least 50 + points.All we have this year is a great passing game and Bobo insist on trying to have a balanced offense.
Again our defense had to stay on the field too long because Bobo started to establish a run game that isn’t there. We threw the ball 19 times and completed 15 , if we had throw the ball 40 time we would have completed 30 to 35 of them. We need to get rid of Bobo and get an offensive coordinator who doesn’t get out coached every game.
I know that a lot of you , for some reason blame Grantham for a poor defensive showing but he deserves one or two more years in order to bring his recruits in that are more inclined to excel on a 3-4 defense. I think that Grantham has done a good job with what he had to work with. Tech’s time of possession was 38 minute compare to UGA’s 21 minutes. Our problem is with Bobo not Grantham. If Grantham does this bad next year then I will agree that we made a mistake but we need to get rid of all the conditioning coaches, McClendon, and especially BOBO.

TECH LOSES AGAIN!

November 28th, 2010
1:24 am

GEORGIA STILL RUNS THE STATE AND ALWAYS WILL SO GO BACK TO TECH AND YOUR 35,000 TO 40.000 FANS A GAME. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mowreck

November 28th, 2010
1:45 am

Hummmmm, wonder who bought him all the UGA gear to wear?

JJ

November 28th, 2010
1:46 am

Why would a runningback want to play in a passing offense like UGAg’s when they could come to GT and actually get to run the ball. Everyone knows that year in and year out UGAg will recruit top notch players and turn them into jelly.

Crowell should go to GT and run the ball – not go to UGAg to be a decoy.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
1:58 am

Aaron Murray is the reason UGA almost lost. He should have gone out there on defense and stopped the triple option on his own. And his completion rating was a horrid 79% with 271 yards and 3 touchdowns. Are you kidding me? He is the worst QB ever to play at UGA.

bitter "ole" fred sanford

November 28th, 2010
1:59 am

lissen fool’s, don’t give any teenager any stock in what they say, its all about how they play when they arrive on campus, how many people said hey 5 star brendon smith great pick up balablbal, he is just another player no more special than the next, it take great coaching, great leadership and great effort all of which was missing from the UGA and tech defences!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! starts with a great ERK and he has yet to be found, all we can hope for is that the search for the goast of ERK Russel can be found, you stand a chance to win with great “D”. stop whinning about recruits