Kissimmee, Fla. — Recruiting enthusiasts should get a good look at Georgia’s top college football prospect in Wednesday night’s Under Armour All-America Game.
Carver-Columbus tailback Isaiah Crowell, an AJC Super 11 selection, is one of only two running backs suiting up for the Red Team tonight as 90 of the nation’s top players face off at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Crowell, a five-star prospect, will be sharing carries with Savon Huggins, a four-star running back from Jackson, N.J. Huggins (5-10, 190), like Crowell (6-0, 210), is an uncommitted recruit.
“We’re going every two series, so it should work out all right,” said Crowell, who rushed for more than 1,600 yards for Carver (13-1) despite missing four full games with injuries this past season. “I think we’ll both get plenty of carries. I know this game doesn’t usually [showcase] the running backs a lot but I’m going to try to do what I can do.”
Crowell has been the focus of much attention this week as the top uncommitted back in the field. He has narrowed his choices to Alabama and Georgia and also plans a late-January visit to Auburn.
A lot of recruiting analysts feel the Bulldogs’ cause was helped this week when Dee Hart, a four-star running back from Orlando, de-committed from Michigan and committed to the Crimson Tide. Crowell remained coy.
“I don’t know. It doesn’t really make any difference to me,” he said. “I like competition but it doesn’t matter. It’s good for him. But in the end I don’t think it will affect my decision.”
Crowell plans to reveal his choice on national signing day (Feb. 2).
Georgia in it for 4-star WR
Georgia apparently is in the hunt for an Under Armour All-America wide receiver Ja’Juan Story. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound, four-star prospect from Brooksville, Fla., is wavering on his commitment to Florida.
“They lost a lot a lot of coaches, so I’m just exploring my options and seeing what else is going on,” Story said.
He said Ohio State, Oregon and Georgia are schools he’s most seriously considering.
“I like Georgia because they always produce good wide receivers like A.J. Green and Mohammed Massaquoi and all the other ones,” he said. “They throw the ball and they’ve got a good quarterback (Aaron Murray). So I think I could fit in pretty good there.”
Story has already visited Oregon, is going to Ohio State on Jan. 7 and plans to set up a trip to Athens.
Asked how serious he was about the Bulldogs, Story said, “100 percent. I wouldn’t go there if I didn’t think it was a place I was serious about it.”
Dogs disappoint DaVaris Daniels
The Bulldogs never offered another Under Armour All-American wideout who really wanted to hear from them.
DaVaris Daniels, a four-star prospect from Vernon Hills, Ill., committed to Notre Dame over Michigan and Miami. He is the son of UGA letterman Phillip Daniels, a 15-year NFL veteran defensive end.
“We talked a few times but nothing really came from it,” Daniels said of the Bulldogs. “It kind of hurt a little bit. That’s my dad’s school and you think that’d mean something. “But I’m fine. I’m solid with Notre Dame and everything worked out.”
Meanwhile, UGA offered another wide receiver over the weekend in senior Sanford Seay of Lee County, according to the Albany Herald.
Ditka just being Ditka
NFL legend Mike Ditka is serving as the head coach of the Black team during the Under Armour Game. But the reality is, he’s not doing much actual coaching.
“I’m going to let the real coaches do the coaching,” he said, watching Tuesday’s practice from the seat of a golf cart. “I can’t coach anymore.”
He spoke glowingly of a team that he thinks IS well-coached. “You’ve got you a good football team down there in Atlanta,” he said of the Falcons. “Mike Smith and those guys do a good job. They could win it all.”
Scene & heard
The annual Under Armour Skills Challenge winners were: “Pass Attack” — Brett Hundley (Chandler, Ariz./UCLA); “Obstacle Course” — Travis Hughes (Virginia Beach, Va./N. Carolina); “Lineman Strength Challenge” — Cyrus Kouandjio (Hyattsville, Md./Undecided); “Hands Competition”– Eli Rogers (Miami, Fla./Louisville). . . . Former Falcons’ star Deion Sanders is doing some real coaching here in Orlando this week. As an assistant for Red Team head coach Steve Mariucci, the All-Pro cornerback was working with the secondary during Tuesday’s practices. . . . Mitchell County wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley had a nifty 60-yard touchdown catch off a deflection during Tuesday’s one-on-one competition. It was one of several good catches he had. He appears to be making great strides here this week from the standpoint of improving fundamentals. . . . The teams practiced in shorts and without pads Tuesday under overcast skies and in cooler temperatures. . . . . Gainesville linebacker A.J. Johnson wore Tennessee practice shorts Tuesday . . .Southern Cal commitment Antwuan Woods of Los Angeles sat out Tuesday’s practices with an injured right shoulder.
College Recruiting By Chip Towers