Carver-Columbus star Isaiah Crowell to wait until national signing day (updated)

Carver-Columbus tailback Isaiah Crowell poses for one of his AJC Super 11 portraits this past summer. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Carver-Columbus tailback Isaiah Crowell poses for one of his AJC Super 11 portraits this past summer. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Carver-Columbus running back Isaiah Crowell, generally considered the top overall prospect in Georgia this year, has decided to postpone his college decision until the end of the recruiting period, coach Dell McGee said Thursday.

“Isaiah and his family want to make the best decision for his future and they feel that taking his five official visits will give them the best opportunity to evaluate and assess what they are looking for in a school,” McGee told the AJC. “They want to give each school a fair opportunity.”

For several weeks, Crowell (6-0, 210) had said he wanted to make his announcement immediately following the Tigers’ victory in the Class AA state championship in the Georgia Dome next week, should they be so fortunate to get there. Recently, Crowell said he also intended to visit UGA on Dec. 11th — the day after the state title game — which led to rampant speculation he was planning to choose the Bulldogs.

Crowell made an unofficial visit to Georgia for the Georgia Tech game last weekend. He has more than 50 scholarship offers but is expected to choose between Georgia and Alabama.

Crowell is coming off a performance in which he rushed for 305 yards on 20 carries and scored five touchdowns in the Class AA quarterfinals against Thomasville last Friday. He has 1,627 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns on just 127 carries while missing nearly four full games with leg injuries.

No. 1-ranked Carver (13-0) travels to Calhoun to face the undefeated, No. 3-ranked Yellow Jackets on Friday.

By Chip Towers

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MB

December 2nd, 2010
12:02 pm

Lowndes25 do you still feel confident he is a Dawg?

Bob in Buford

December 2nd, 2010
12:04 pm

I hear Bama is a done deal.

schmeckdawg

December 2nd, 2010
12:07 pm

I hear that he has narrowed his final two choices down to West Georgia or Shorter College!

Mitun

December 2nd, 2010
12:08 pm

I really do hope that the Dawgs get Crowell as he is one heck of an athlete.

Hankie Aron

December 2nd, 2010
12:12 pm

LOWNDES25 says he is all dawg and the other day said he is 1000 % sure. I hope he is right but who knows.

Hankie Aron

December 2nd, 2010
12:12 pm

Certainly dampers the recruiting class if he doesn’t come to UGA

cadawg

December 2nd, 2010
12:17 pm

would really hurt if we lose him. the kid is special.

layinlow

December 2nd, 2010
12:24 pm

Well I guess I will be watching crowell play tomorrow night since I live 3 miles from the calhoun football field. I didn’t realize he would be playing in the town in which I live. I guess I will go see what all the fuss is about.

Bama in Atlanta

December 2nd, 2010
12:35 pm

I heard that Auburn is now in the running because they have access to TARP money (Targeting Auburn Recruit’s Parents).

Hankie Aron

December 2nd, 2010
12:35 pm

layinlow- might try to get an autograph, might be worth some change one day

Hankie Aron

December 2nd, 2010
12:36 pm

Good stuff Bama in Atlanta

Cecil Newton

December 2nd, 2010
12:38 pm

No worries, I got this…..do I hear $200k anyone….?

Sanford Drive

December 2nd, 2010
12:40 pm

Why would he commit earlier than NSD??

These kids LOVE the attention they get. And they should. This is the premeire time when they get the most attention.

Enjoy it Isaiah!! Best of luck regardless, but I selfishly hope it’s in Red & Black!!!

Go Dawgs!!!!

Coach Johnsons Paul

December 2nd, 2010
12:41 pm

I’m certain once he visits Georgia…State he will commit on the spot!!! Don’t count out LaGrange College.

Hunker

December 2nd, 2010
12:41 pm

Coach McGee…Former Auburn Player…”They want to give each school a fair opportunity.” Strange terminology after the NCAA determination recently regarding NCAA eligibility…..

ryan Red & Black

December 2nd, 2010
12:43 pm

Hey Lowndes25 do think Crowell going to the senior gala has had some part in changing his plans to announce his decision do still feel good about Crowell being a dawg .

Goldtimer

December 2nd, 2010
12:43 pm

Look for GA Tech to make a late push for Crowell. He would look good in old gold and white.

King Kong

December 2nd, 2010
12:44 pm

UGA ALL DAY! Our Offense Is Being Built For Speed, Speed and More Speed….C.Lemay….UGA….I.Crowell….UGA…..J. Rome…UGA…The Offense Is About To Be Phenomenial!

Halsey

December 2nd, 2010
12:47 pm

The Dawgs had to settle for Knowshon Moreno when they couldn’t sign Stefon Johnson a few years ago. I just hope the Dawgs have a backup plan if they can’t get Crowell. They don’t need to be left without a quality back in the class if Crowell doesn’t sign.

The Most Interesting Dawg In the World

December 2nd, 2010
12:51 pm

I may not watch a lot of losing college football, but when I do I watch the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Stay thirsty my friend

Billy Bob

December 2nd, 2010
12:57 pm

Dawgs fans are reduced to boasting about beating a bad Tech team because they couldn’t beat anyone worth a flip this year. They even lost to Colorado! LOL!

Lowndes25

December 2nd, 2010
12:57 pm

Crowell is still a Dawg…not worried about this….you will see…

Roaddawg80

December 2nd, 2010
12:58 pm

I don’t like this! We have been burnt the last couple of NSD’s. This can’t be good.

Kevin

December 2nd, 2010
12:58 pm

Ryan, you are a complete idiot. Lowndes25 isn’t an insider, he’s just stating the obvious with everything that he says. This delay obviously means that Crowell was planning on committing to Alabama after the championship game but decided to give it some more thought after his visit last weekend. Can’t believe nobody can even realize this, not even the “experts”…

Roaddawg80

December 2nd, 2010
12:59 pm

Billy Bob

is that kinda like loosing to Kansas!

ryan Red & Black

December 2nd, 2010
12:59 pm

The Dawgs are looking at Josh Clemons 011 and Marcus Caffey and i do believe Crowell will be a dawg Crowell , Swann and Rome will be in Athens Dec 11th .

Lowndes25

December 2nd, 2010
1:01 pm

@Kevin, you are wrong….

Mark it Down

December 2nd, 2010
1:01 pm

Crowell will be a DAWG. I have inside info. Seriously.

dawgster

December 2nd, 2010
1:01 pm

I hate to say this but at this time you should have a pretty good idea what the other schools have to offfer…i think the dawgs coaching staff has done all it can do to show this young man how bad we want him, but he’s got to do what he thinks is best…i keep hearing that he is a dawg, he is all Bama, Au will still him at the end…maybe there is some inside info and i have all the respect in the world for many of the bloggers on here who feel comfortable with where he is going…I know Lowndes has more info than i do or many others, but only he knows how depedable those sources are…I think if Crowell does come to Senior Gala, you could make a case for him leaning toward becoming a dawg…Honestly, at this point we need 2 very good RB’s in this class and there are still some out there that could help us a great deal…What bothers me is if we don’t get Crowell, there will be many that say our coaches have lost it and can’t keep the good ones home, which in my opinion is absurd…This still will be a great recruiting class, one player is not going to make or break us…I hope everyone will see that…Obvisously, i would love to have a player of his ablility here, but he knows what he is looking for in a school, so i commend him for making sure he knows where he will feel most comfortable…go dawgs

Roaddawg80

December 2nd, 2010
1:01 pm

Lowndes25

I thought there was suppose to be some big news this week?

Lowndes25

December 2nd, 2010
1:04 pm

@Roaddawg80, there are going to be some changes coming (i.e. S&C program)…just waiting on Richt and McGarity to announce them.

Eastside Jacket

December 2nd, 2010
1:04 pm

Yep King Kong, maybe with Crowell, LeMay and and Rome you can build an offense than can rush for over 400 yards, control the clock for 92 plays, and get 32 first downs against a SEC team on their own field. You’ll KNOW you have a phenomenal offense if you can do it all with your backup QB.

dawgster

December 2nd, 2010
1:08 pm

@Kevin….well finally we see that someone actually knows what Crowell is thinking and what his plans were and are…question for you though….Was it really neccessary that you call someone an idiot, just because you disagree with them, doesn’t even matter whether you are right or wrong, but calling someone and idiot based on their opinion or what they think seems to cross the line…nothing wrong with disagreeing, but is it really that hard to carry on a conversation without using the term “idiot’..just asking and just giving my opinion…

Uncle Rico

December 2nd, 2010
1:08 pm

Eastside Jacket — Or…..UGA can continue doing what they have done by winning 9 of 10, while you console yourself with stats that don’t matter.

Douglas

December 2nd, 2010
1:09 pm

Eastside Jacket: I guess you like moral victories. Good: I prefer real ones.

Roaddawg80

December 2nd, 2010
1:10 pm

Lowndes25

I heard he is retiring. I think to take the pressure off of CMR to fire him.

TRS421

December 2nd, 2010
1:11 pm

Eastside…I think 42-34 trumps 411 anytime.

Buckhead Dawg

December 2nd, 2010
1:13 pm

Eastside Jerkoff – I’m pretty sure the object of the game is to win, not rack up stats.

Roaddawg80

December 2nd, 2010
1:13 pm

TRS421

You mean YPG doesn’t equal victories???

If they had we would have beat florida the past 3 years. Dang it!

ryan Red & Black

December 2nd, 2010
1:13 pm

I agree dawgster if we get Crowell or not there a lot of talented RB’s that UGA is looking at like i said before Clemons 011 , Caffey , and the dawgs have the lead for 2012 RB Matt Jones .

Tdawg

December 2nd, 2010
1:23 pm

Forget Auburn, they may not have a football team in a couple of years. Shoot they may not have one next year?

Eastside Jacket

December 2nd, 2010
1:25 pm

I’m sorry fellas, I thought you were discussing phenomenal offenses.

Lowndes25

December 2nd, 2010
1:27 pm

@Roaddawg80, check out Kelin Johnson’s twitter feed from just a few minutes ago :)

Coach Van..You will be missed so much! Thank you for all you have done for me and my fellow teammates! We Love you!

Roaddawg80's boss

December 2nd, 2010
1:27 pm

It may hurt Bama’s chances with some of these elite players once the OC takes the Colorado Job.!!!!!!! Roaddawg80 get back to work!!!!

K Conley

December 2nd, 2010
1:28 pm

Well, this certainly doesn’t help. Isaiah has to know that his early decision would have some pull with other potential recruits for whatever program he decides upon. I felt like the momentum was on Georgia’s side, but this can’t help. Also, I certainly don’t like the fact that Xavier Dickson is headed back to Tuscaloosa for another visit. I think Marcus Lattimore is the best back to enter the conference in many years. I also think that Crowell has the ability to be a difference maker like that for whatever program he chooses. I sure hope it’s UGA, and I hope that this great year of recruits in our great state keeps the majority wearing silver britches and red helmets.

Roaddawg80

December 2nd, 2010
1:29 pm

Lowndes25

I think he ritired. It’s good we need a change there. He took the pressure off of CMR. Something Willie wouldn’t do.

Roaddawg80

December 2nd, 2010
1:30 pm

Roddawg80’s boss

The imposter(Munson)

I own you.

ryan Red & Black

December 2nd, 2010
1:30 pm

Thanks dawgster for the back up yea i he has every right to his opinion but there was no reason for name calling go dawgs .

Lowndes25

December 2nd, 2010
1:32 pm

@Roaddawg80, yes, he “retired”….this was one of the changes that I was referencing months ago…the S&C program is going to get a much needed overhaul….there are more changes coming…stay tuned.

dawgster

December 2nd, 2010
1:33 pm

@ryan Red & Black…it concerns me some that so many will be ready to bash Coach Richt and staff if we should lose Crowell, i just want everyone to know that this will still be an outstanding class, the coaches have done everything that is possible to let this young man know he is their top priority at RB, so if he chooses another route, its not due to the lack of effort…will the season we had this and last play a part in his decision, perhaps, but at this point we can only point out the future and what it holds for him and UGA…i sitll think two things are going on, i truly believe that he probably knows where he’s going and that he’s enjoying the attention with this and he probably has earned that right with the sacrifices you make playing football in high school…i’ve heard he’s a silent committment to us, then i hear he’s a silent committment to Bama…only him and his family and maybe some close friends know at this point i suspect…i just wish all these guys, if they know where they want to go, just make your committment and stick with it…AJ was one that did that and never waivered from that once he gave his word,,say what you want about him, but he made a decision and stuck with it…i wish some others out there would do the same, but i guess its not how kids see it these days…go dawgs