Isaiah Crowell expects plenty of action in Under Armour Game

Mike Ditka, head coach of the Red Team in Wednesday's Under Armour All-America Game, never strayed very far from his golf cart. (AJC photo by Chip Towers)

Mike Ditka, head coach of the White Team in Wednesday's Under Armour All-America Game, never strayed very far from his golf cart. (AJC photo by Chip Towers)

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

132 comments Add your comment

blind faith

January 4th, 2011
7:14 pm

Thanks for the update chip.

layinlow

January 4th, 2011
7:19 pm

Chip, Why the lack of interest in Daniels? He would have been a second generation dawg and we certainly need receivers. Wouldn’t Daniels be a better prospect then Seay?

sogadog

January 4th, 2011
7:23 pm

I dont have all the facts, but I really dont understand why the Dawgs did not offer a scholarship to Phillip Daniel’s son. I hate to see the son of a Bulldog alumni who appears qualified to be turned away. Any insight as to why CMR and company did not offer this young man?

saban

January 4th, 2011
7:25 pm

We`ll give you Crowell. Who cares?

Anyone going to Athens wears red panties and has a little choak dawg under their pillow.

SouthGADawg

January 4th, 2011
7:33 pm

UGA should have offered that kid.We need more heart on this team, people who really want to be a Dawg.

Gray Dawg

January 4th, 2011
7:38 pm

Thanks for all of the updates Chip.

El Dawg

January 4th, 2011
7:39 pm

Hey Saban,
Good to hear from you man.

Daniels would not make the trip to Athens to have the coaching staff evaluate him in person, that was the problem.

DawginOH

January 4th, 2011
7:42 pm

Agreed, SouthGADawg. There’s always plenty of talent in Athens, but pride is one thing we desperately need to see more of between the hedges next season.

bgdawg

January 4th, 2011
7:46 pm

haha saban you feeling a bit sore? not everyone can have the best running back in the state and maybe the nation. one recruit could bring the dream into fruition

Rocket City Jacket

January 4th, 2011
7:48 pm

Johnson and Thomas>>Green and Massaquoi….just saying

tide roll

January 4th, 2011
7:54 pm

Rich Rod + Nick Marshall – Bobo – The Tampa Hot Dog = Championships !!

RRTDawgs

January 4th, 2011
8:01 pm

If we can get Story to flip that would be sweat Seay is a sleeper WR has good hands very tall .

D A Double U G

January 4th, 2011
8:08 pm

saban,

I hear you are the leading candidate for the Michigan job if Harbaugh indeed stays at Stanford. It would make sense, being that you get bored quick at places, and have the loyalty of the lady in red.

Please, go. Prove to the world that you can succeed up North. You obviously have conquered the South, sense you have a statue outside of Bammer Jammer’s glorified trailer you play in.

I bet you can’t do it. Reviving Michigan is something you simply will FAIL at. But go on. Show us we are wrong.

SO LONG SABAN!!!

bigtime

January 4th, 2011
8:18 pm

D A Double U G…… But I thought Saban was going to the Cowboys, or the 49ers, or West Virginia, or the Browns , or the Panthers. It’s nice when people talk about hiring the head coach instead of firing the head coach.

Dawg Tired

January 4th, 2011
8:22 pm

layinlow – I think you have hit it on the head. We need to recruit kids who actually want to be a Dawg. The Daniels kid apparently fits the bill. Our coaching staff just does not understand the value of those who want to be a Dawg. I’ll take the 3 star recruit who wants to be a Dawg over the prima donna 5 star guys every time. Look at Stanford. Of course, I understand that we couldn’t win with those kids either because we have not shown the ability to “coach ‘em up” like Harbaugh’s staff obviously has.

Carlton

January 4th, 2011
8:28 pm

“You’ve got you a good football team down there in Atlanta,” he (Ditka) said of the Falcons. “Mike Smith and those guys do a good job. They could win it all.”

Funny-that seems to be something Ditka never says on Sunday NFL Countdown..

football fan

January 4th, 2011
8:43 pm

The staff tried to get D. Daniels on campus but he never made it to athens! dont blame richt and co. if he really wanted to be be a dog he would have come to athens when he was invited

KimZ'spackage

January 4th, 2011
8:54 pm

Why don’t these kids just shut up and wait until Signing day then make it official with the Pen on paper. Every year coaches get fired and hired and most of these kids are not picking a school for an EDUCATION but just for sports. If a kid wants an Education then the coaching changes would never make a kid change his mind.

Gadawgfan0711

January 4th, 2011
8:55 pm

Rocket city jacket-option offense that no great receiver wants to be part of, just saying.

KimZ'spackage

January 4th, 2011
8:57 pm

DA double UG
Bryant Denny is bigger than the Cesspool UGA plays in. I hear Richt and Bobo have been contacted about job openings at North Gwinnett and Clarke Central.

D A Double U G

January 4th, 2011
9:10 pm

A Bammer Jammer calling ANYTHING in the state of Georgia a “cesspool”…..

Sounds like it should be in an Alanis Morissette song to me…..

globeflyer

January 4th, 2011
9:12 pm

Crowell to UGA; His decision was made for him yesterday. He will be a great back for the Dawgs.

GTfan2011

January 4th, 2011
9:17 pm

DA double UG,
I am pretty sure that Saban already “conquered the North” when he took a nothing Michigan State program to 10 wins in his last year there.

UCF

January 4th, 2011
9:25 pm

Watch out for my boy Vad Lee! Go Tech

Vandy Dawg

January 4th, 2011
9:27 pm

DA double UG,
Don’t worry about Saban. Bama is not on our schedule and we are a long way from playing the Tide in Atlanta.

912 Dawg

January 4th, 2011
9:28 pm

Any news on the big nt Jenkins?

dawgs85

January 4th, 2011
9:28 pm

globeflyer how do you know that

Ug@y

January 4th, 2011
9:29 pm

If you want a job in the county jail kitchen, just go to uga. Youre guaranteed a spot in jail

RRTDawgs

January 4th, 2011
9:36 pm

Corey Moore continues to impress down in San Antonio this kid will be fun to watch in the spring game at UGA .

KimZ'spackage

January 4th, 2011
9:41 pm

I guess maybe Arkansas is really a SWC team because Ohio State can’t win a game against an SEC team. Right?

dawgster

January 4th, 2011
9:52 pm

Ok there’s probably plenty to give the dawg coaches about but not offering Daniels is not one of them…They tried on several occassions to get him in for a visit…Why he didn’t come, who knows, but if he was truly interested he would have found a way…Had the coaches offered him and had he accepted and if things didn’t work out or he didn’t turn out to be the WR they thought then everybody would have all over the coaches for their evaluation…but i will agree that its a shame that a former players son could not get together with UGA if a visit in person is all they wanted…There must be some things that we don’t know about…

Ted Striker

January 4th, 2011
9:54 pm

My understanding is that D. Daniels wouldn’t visit the UGA campus for evaluation. He had every opportunity to come to UGA and receive an offer but wouldn’t do what other high school prospects were willing to do.

GT BABy

January 4th, 2011
9:57 pm

It’s not like Crowell will go to Georgia and be a huge dissapointment or anything. Hey, just look at Marlon Brown….He’s doing ok, right?

johnny too good

January 4th, 2011
10:05 pm

@GT BABY…………. add caleb king to that

and as for Crowell, I think he may be waiting to see if Ingram and Richardson are gonna turn pro, if they do, Bama would be the clear choice

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

dawgster

January 4th, 2011
10:06 pm

Its a shame that Ohio State QB Pryor has been able to get away with some of the stuff that has been reported regarding his use of vehicles from multiple dealerships in Columbus and not to mention the selling of football related stuff…Evidently the dealerships have alot of Ohio State football that has been signed and hanging in the offices and other areas…Am i wrong that this seems to be a benefit that is not made to others…It appears that Ohio State found nothing wrong with what took place…Where is the NCAA when it involves certain schools….I have no axe to grind with Ohio State at all, but if the reports are true and even Ohio State said he did have use of the vehicles, no wrong doing because he was only using them when his vehicle was being worked on…Didn’t know that dealerships had that kind of program that is available to everyone…but again the NCAA closes their eyes…

dawgster

January 4th, 2011
10:08 pm

Johnny too good…correct me if i’m srong but i believe Richardson is only a sophmore….

dawgster

January 4th, 2011
10:09 pm

..that shoul read correct me if i’m wrong….

dawgster

January 4th, 2011
10:15 pm

“should read correct me if i’m wrong…geez, can’t spell worth crap tonight..

RRTDawgs

January 4th, 2011
10:15 pm

I will be glad when this recruiting period is over its giving me headache i wish they would move NSD to Jan .

KimZ'spackage

January 4th, 2011
10:23 pm

Dawgster
Put down the bottle and type slower. AHHAHAHAHAHA

dawgster

January 4th, 2011
10:30 pm

What about my pills?,,,can i keep them

You've been Da Ricked

January 4th, 2011
10:31 pm

Will this kid go ahead and let UGA nation know that he wants to be on a team that scores TD’s and not Field goals? Besides he wants to run through big holes not small cracks of daylight. This Kid will be Bama Bound no doubt.

bigtime

January 4th, 2011
10:32 pm

RRTDawgs…… Amen to that. There needs to be an early signing period like basketball or something.

D A Double U G…….. Who listens to Alanis Morissette anyways ? I guess bro

KimZ'spackage

January 4th, 2011
10:33 pm

Only if you share.

johnny too good

January 4th, 2011
10:34 pm

wasnt really sure if he was a junior or soph

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

dawgster

January 4th, 2011
10:34 pm

Ok Huggins and Crowell will be on display…In my opinion we will lose Bray to Au, for several reasons that will come out later, but we still need 2 RB’s in this class, and we didn’t offer Caffey out of Grady…big mistake in my opinion so who are the two?…Crowell and ?..We had Huggins on our radar earlier and he hasn’t committed..The kid is extremely fast…

dawgster

January 4th, 2011
10:37 pm

@KimZ’spackage…its not that i can’t spell, its just i can’t see out of one eye and can’t hear out of the other eye….

You've been Da Ricked

January 4th, 2011
10:37 pm

Dream Team is what it is just a Dream….. BWAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH

You've been Da Ricked

January 4th, 2011
10:38 pm

Next year is Nightmares continues and Adios Mark Richt…..

JRW7

January 4th, 2011
10:38 pm

Give these kids a break, their enjoying their 2 minutes of fame, once they commit, their not quite as important to the media!