As Isaiah Crowell prepared to leave Columbus for Tuscaloosa and his official visit to Alabama Friday afternoon, Georgia was making moves behind the scenes to try to ensure that the state’s No. 1 player comes their way.
The Bulldogs offered a scholarship to Crowell’s teammate and close friend Quintavious Harrow on Thursday, Carver-Columbus coach Dell McGee confirmed. Better known as “Cootie” to his family and friends, Harrow (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) played a linebacker/safety position known as the “pony” in the Tigers’ 3-5-3 defense. He’s expected to played defensive back in college.
“It’s good to see Quintavious get a great offer like UGA,” McGee said.
By all accounts, Georgia is the only school from which Harrow has received an offer so far. The only reference to him among the recruiting services is an account of him running a 4.46-second 40-yard dash — pretty impressive — at the Scout Showcase combine in Atlanta last summer.
“Cootie? I really don’t know too much about it,” Crowell said as he prepared to leave his Columbus home with his parents Friday afternoon. “I heard that [he'd been offered by UGA] but I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it. His phone’s not working right now.”
Crowell said he believes Harrow recently obtained a qualifying ACT score and that has boosted interest from college recruiters.
“He’s been overlooked this whole season,” Crowell said. “It’s about time he got some offers. I’m happy for him.”
Crowell was asked if he felt like the offer to Harrow was a ploy by the Bulldogs to get him to sign with them on national signing day.
“We’re really close. That’s true,” he said. “But I don’t know whether it has anything to do with me or not. I do know he’s a good player.”
Crowell, a five-star prospect and the No. 1-ranked player in the AJC Fab 50, has narrowed his choices to Alabama, Auburn and Georgia. He takes official visits to UGA next weekend and Auburn on Jan. 28. As of now he expects to announce his decision on national signing day.
Crowell is one of a number of elite recruits that will be in Tuscaloosa for official visits this weekend. Also expected are Valdosta’s Malcolm Mitchell and Jay Rome — both of whom will make their decisions public on Thursday — and DE Jadeveon Clowney of Rock Hill, S.C., the consensus No. 1 prospect in the nation.
So what does Crowell expect on his official visit to Alabama? “I don’t know. I’m just trying to have a good time is all,” he said.
Asked if he expected to get a lot of pressure from Bama coaches to commit, he laughed, “Yeah, I do.”
College Recruiting By Chip Towers