UGA coaches undeterred as Calhoun frustrates Isaiah Crowell, Carver

Carver-Columbus star running back Isaiah Crowell walks off the field in Calhoun following a frustrating night that saw him limited to just 94 yards rushing. (Special photo by Chris Bush)

Carver-Columbus star running back Isaiah Crowell walks off the field in Calhoun following a frustrating night that saw him limited to just 94 yards rushing. (Special photo by Chris Bush)

There were a lot of surprising takedowns in the GHSA playoffs this past weekend but none was more stunning than No. 3 Calhoun’s 27-14 upset of No. 1 Carver-Columbus in the Class AA semifinals Friday night.

The Yellow Jackets did something that no other team has been able to do all season and that’s contain Tigers’ tailback Isaiah Crowell. The AJC Super 11 selection and 5-star prospect was held to just 94 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown as Calhoun advanced to the state finals for the third consecutive year.

“We did an unbelievable job on him,” Calhoun coach Hal Lamb told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “We kept hitting him and hitting him. That was our goal, and he got frustrated.”

Very frustrated, in fact. The 6-foot, 210-pound athlete — who finishes the season with 1,721 yards rushing on 147 carries (11.7 ypc) and 18 TDs — was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting the Calhoun crowd following a 50-yard TD run that was called back due to a penalty. He was also observed yelling and complaining on the field and on the sideline throughout the game.

“Calhoun did a great job on defense and tackled really well Friday night. They didn’t allow any of the explosive runs he is accustomed to,” Carver coach Dell McGee said Monday. “Isaiah’s a very competitive person and he wears his emotions on the outside sometimes. He’s got to mature in that regard because it’s definitely going to get tougher on the next level.”

Georgia coaches (L-R) Todd Grantham, Mike Bobo and Scott Lakatos watch Carver's Isaiah Crowell and Gabe Wright play against Calhoun Friday night. (Special photo by Chris Bush)

Georgia coaches (L-R) Todd Grantham, Mike Bobo and Scott Lakatos watch Carver's Isaiah Crowell and Gabe Wright play against Calhoun Friday night. (Special photo by Chris Bush)

Georgia coaches are undeterred in their pursuit of Crowell, however. Seven assistant coaches — the maximum allowed by NCAA rules — were on the Calhoun sidelines to watch Crowell during the first week of the contact period. Many of those same coaches were at Carver Monday morning as the Bulldogs are putting a full-court press for Crowell as one of their main targets in the recruiting class of 2011. Alabama, it appears, is their chief competition.

Head coach Mark Richt is holding onto his one personal contact with Crowell and will use it for an in-home visit at a later date.

Meanwhile, McGee could not confirm reports that Crowell will not be among the official visitors in Athens this coming weekend. Well over a dozen recruits, including AJC Super 11 selections Chris Conley, Xzavier Dickson, Ray Drew, Jay Rome and Damian Swann, are expected to be at UGA and will attend the team’s Senior Gala Saturday night.

167 comments Add your comment

Well said

December 6th, 2010
11:08 am

Fantastic

December 6th, 2010
11:13 am

Another high character individual to add to the lineup.

1eyedJack

December 6th, 2010
11:14 am

I’m undeterred too.

DSGB

December 6th, 2010
11:14 am

OBC Fan in GA

December 6th, 2010
11:17 am

Crowell won’t be as good as Lattimore, for reasons listed above (i.e., emotions on sleeve, maturity).

Sandman053

December 6th, 2010
11:19 am

I got a feeling that a summer with Coach T in the weight room might mature this kid a little bit.

Sandman053

December 6th, 2010
11:20 am

Chip any word on anyone from the JUCO ranks coming to Athens?

dawgballs00

December 6th, 2010
11:20 am

Can he hold on to the football? Can he avoid hitting parked cars and being arrested? Does he have a valid drivers license? If so that should be enough to start immediately in Athens.

Sandman053

December 6th, 2010
11:22 am

lol @ Dawgballs…that WOULD be a heck of an imrpovement

RRTDawgs

December 6th, 2010
11:25 am

Crowell will be a dawg Bama is looking at other RB’s it looks real good with Rome, Swann, Drew and could a couple of surprises i think Gabe Wriight is AU bound and don’t count UGA out with Pagan and Anthony .

schmeckdawg

December 6th, 2010
11:28 am

Sounds like a punk!

Davey Boy Smith

December 6th, 2010
11:28 am

Let this kid go! Sounds like the same reports that we heard about Da’rick Rodgers last year, and he did nothing this year, except get arrested. Had he gotten arrested for the same offense in Athens that he did in Knoxville, he would have been dismissed.

The inmates are already running the asylum in Athens, and sending the entire staff to try to get a kid like that only sends the message that the coaches are totally clueless as to why they keep getting whipped.

Character and accountability have been totally lost in Athens.

Just let this kid go wherever he wants to and be a Jasper Sanks there. We should focus on Quan Bray and the Caffey kid from Carver.

Bulldog

December 6th, 2010
11:29 am

No Crowell cant hold onto the football. He had a fumble and a major attitude problem at the Calhoun game. I was not impressed at all with him. He is not a proven back at the collegiate level and he is NO WAY as good as Ealey and King are going to be going into next year.

DawginLex

December 6th, 2010
11:30 am

WE NEED 3 BIG JUCO DEFENSIVE LINEMEN MORE THAN WE NEED CROWELL

Any word?

Mac

December 6th, 2010
11:31 am

Georgia a passing team, they won’t run the ball.

Sandman053

December 6th, 2010
11:31 am

I thought King was going to graduate this year?

Dawgfan

December 6th, 2010
11:32 am

Wonderful! Another quality/character kid coming to Athens! Its all about him just like the LeMay kid out of NC. We need kids who will put UGA and team first and not themselves. If he behaved like that with UGA coaches in attendance, I can only imagine ….

Davey Boy Smith

December 6th, 2010
11:32 am

Sorry, Cafffey is from Grady.

Remember the last All-American High School Running back that UGA got from Columbus?

Jasper Sanks.

Dawg Tired

December 6th, 2010
11:32 am

I was at the game, he absolutely quit on his team. Good Luck to the team thats gets this guy.

Mac

December 6th, 2010
11:32 am

Can Crowell pass block? That’s all he’ll be doing at Georgia.

Sandman053

December 6th, 2010
11:33 am

The Carolina blogs are lit up with Georgia boys going across the river to Chicken-Land….

San Francisco Dawg

December 6th, 2010
11:33 am

Sound like Crowell got to eat some humble pie…he really lacks maturity and that should concern everyone…

Rocky Mountain Bulldog

December 6th, 2010
11:37 am

If this kid comes to UGA; I just hope he doesn’t turn out to be another Jasper Sanks. UGA had better not place all of their RB eggs in his basket, or they might just get burned.

Steve in Calhoun

December 6th, 2010
11:37 am

If the coaches are turned off by the 3 unsportsman like conduct penalties and the fact he sat out the 4th quarter with his team down 13, he will fit right in a Georgia. He better not go to Alabama with that attitude, or he’ll be playing at Coffeyville Jr College.

RxDawg

December 6th, 2010
11:40 am

lol dawgballs… and I agree whole heartedly.

“Crowell won’t be as good as Lattimore, for reasons listed above (i.e., emotions on sleeve, maturity).”

They rarely do. Almost nobody steps in and changes a team the way Lattimore does. Added to his great atheletisism is his incredibly mature attitude and humility. With all of that combined, he has turned out to be an incredible back for USC east.

Back to Crowell… he’s probably just not to used to being stopped. That can be a hard pill to swallow at first. I wouldn’t look into it too much. I’m sure he’ll be a fine back on the next level… but I seriously doubt he’ll change his collegiate team the way Lattimore has just because the chances of finding a player of his calliber is too low. Who knows, maybe Crowell reads this and proves me wrong :)

bruce mac

December 6th, 2010
11:40 am

Lets see, a high school kid that isn’t finished growing up, imagine that. All of you idiots show once again that you need to stay away from commenting on things you know nothing about. Crowell will look great in Red and Black and be a stud. Eat your heart out SEC competition.

RxDawg

December 6th, 2010
11:41 am

oh booooooooooo my post got ate. Sigh, I don’t feel like retyping it so I guess you all will just have to miss out on my genius ;)

RxDawg

December 6th, 2010
11:42 am

Am I banned? This is a test

Supes

December 6th, 2010
11:42 am

Maybe he can be coached up and mature in college! Just damn…some people forget how immature HS kids can be…not excusing Crowell here but saying if you want the kid to be at your program you’ve gotta take the bad with the good and work to change the bad later on.

Yes those character issues should be a concern, but again if you really think that kid can be a special player you don’t give up on him b/c of that at this point. Give him a shot at UGA and lets see what happens.

RRTDawgs

December 6th, 2010
11:45 am

Quan Bray , X. Dickson , Ray Drew , Swann , and Pagan will be in Athens Dec 10th- 12th .

Steve in Calhoun

December 6th, 2010
11:46 am

bruce mac youre an idiot. I’ve seen hundreds of high school games and his behavior was as bad as I’ve seen EVER! Your excuses sound like Bobby Bowden, pathetic. His worse than Da’Rick and that’s saying something.

layinlow

December 6th, 2010
11:47 am

I gave a report on his antics after watching the game, on a couple of AJC blogs and was basically called a liar by some of my own fellow UGA fans. Any of those people want to come out of the woodwork and eat crow now? Some of the comments that were made went like ” I have read all the reports about the game and haven’t heard anything like that”. Well now your reading it from the AJC recruiting reporter himself. All I have to say is kiss my *ss.

Steve in Calhoun

December 6th, 2010
11:47 am

Bruce mac, the sec competition hasn’t eatin’ their hearts out about uga in a long time

Jaydawg

December 6th, 2010
11:48 am

I’m sure that once he gets to Athens and is exposed to all the discipline and success Coach Richt and his staff have instilled he will no doubt immediately mature,stay out of trouble,and become a model citizen.Sorry,could not resist.

RxDawg

December 6th, 2010
11:49 am

Real Dawg Fan

December 6th, 2010
11:49 am

Wow, I love all of the GT and Bama fans commenting on this board pretending to be Dawg fans. Crowell is a bad a$$ running back that will get all the carries he could ever want at UGA. Look forward to seeing him in Athens next year.

C-Town

December 6th, 2010
11:50 am

To All The I.Crowell haters….

1. He’s better than any RB that has come from the State of GA in the last 5 years.
2. He has a great season, 1700 yards, and he missed like 4 games.
3. Should win Mr.Football in the state of GA…The only Comp will be QB. Nick Marshell of Wilcox co both had good season
4.He didn,t fumble vs calhoun, Stop the lies, The ref call him down by Contact
5. He’s better than any RB on UGA’s roster
6.Calhoun didn’t shut him down…he still had 97 yards….with a 60 run called back…can you say Home cooking..
7. Jasper Sanks had of the the Field problems..Jasper was better than Caleb ” Tip-toe ” King & W.Ealey ..Sanks led UGA in Rushing in 1999 & was 2nd in the SEC that same year….Can caleb or Ealey say that….MY Point Jasper had talent…is still was better than these AVG Joes at UGA now
8.Crowell will report to the ESPN all-American game in Jan 2011…..he will put on a show for the Nation..
9. Never put Darick & Crowell in the same statement….Crowell has HEART…and UGA can use that right now……

Dawg Fan

December 6th, 2010
11:50 am

I can’t belive some of the posters on this blog. A bunch of holier than thou idiots who probaby never even played sports. The kid is just that, still a kid. And he’s been made a mini celebrity due to his recruitment and football talent. It’s unfortunate he got that frustrated, but I’d say considering his status he’s been very humble and handled the recruiting process exceedingly well. He just seems high on the passion side of things. That’s about right considering he’s what, 17?

Bright Idea

December 6th, 2010
11:50 am

I’m glad he wasn’t getting his butt kicked and liking it. With that said, this report does not sound good but everybody else in the SEC would take him in a heartbeat. I’m sure Bama is telling him he will get arrested in Athens for jaywalking but life will be easy in Tuscaloosa.

Jason

December 6th, 2010
11:54 am

Crowell, bring that big bad a$$ to UGA and let’s have a top 10 team in 2011 and beyond!

RRTDawgs

December 6th, 2010
11:54 am

Anyone that would loose a state championship would be in a bad mood you would to .

The Sham

December 6th, 2010
11:55 am

@ All the haters – this is a HS KID! He’s dominated all this year despite nagging injuries and finally was “stopped” by going 20 for 94, 1 score and 1 50-yarder for a score that was returned… IF that’s a bad day, I’ll take it!

Undoubtably he was frustrated bc his team was loosing and was facing reality in the face. You build your whole year up for this game and come up just short. How would you react? Better yet, how would you have reacted when you were 17/18 years old? Get off your high horses and be empathetic. He and his team just got their dreams shattered!

Based on some of the class displayed on here, I’d dare to say that you would have stormed the bleachers and began a Pacers/Detroit rumble if you had your dreams crushed.

I second what Dawgballs says at 11:20am – Amen brother!

GO DAWGS!

Paul (You doesn't have to call me Johnson).

December 6th, 2010
11:57 am

Grantham’s #1 priority is a big 400 lb. tub of goo @ nose tackle

The Sham

December 6th, 2010
11:58 am

1 other thing. It’s good he gets a taste of humility now so when he shows up in Athens, he’ll be fit to handle the adversity of SEC football. I’d like to think we’d be undefeated during his reign, but I’m not THAT delusional…

azdawg

December 6th, 2010
11:58 am

Rocky Mountain Bulldog has it right. Better not allow other RB’s get away that may not have the stars next ti their names but shine once they get to college where they overachieve on the field. There’s no telling what IC will be like in college and if all the hype is just hype. King and Ealey didn’t pan out as expected and this kid didn’t impress in this game. If I was on the sidelines I’d be looking at the players that stopped him (Grantham!!!).

RxDawg

December 6th, 2010
11:59 am

This is a test

layinlow

December 6th, 2010
12:00 pm

For all of you saying he was just frustrated and writing it off as no big deal, let me ask you something. Why did gabe wright and the rest of the Carver kids act mature and show class? They weren’t frustrated?

I was at the game and his antics went way beyond frustration. He was acting like a punk even before his team was down big. He was penalized for unsportsmanlike and being a jerk on Columbus opening drive.

RRTDawgs

December 6th, 2010
12:04 pm

And i bet all you fair weather fans would say if we lost Crowell would say the complete opposite and say Richt should be fired

Davey Boy Smith

December 6th, 2010
12:05 pm

Coach Lamb owes the Dawgs one for getting punked by that p.o.s. he recruited to his program last year. Hopefully he exposed this kid to the UGA coaches so that they will realize ‘buyer beware.’

collegeballfan

December 6th, 2010
12:06 pm

“…tailback Isaiah Crowell. The AJC Super 11 selection and 5-star prospect was held to just 94 yards on 20 carries…”

Sounds like another Caleb King – bark worst than his bite. Another 5 Star with 3 Star ability.