Ten@10: Crowell’s mom ‘not selling my son’s soul to the devil’

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Isaiah Crowell’s mother said she’s thrilled about their family friend Quintavious Harrow receiving a scholarship offer from Georgia, but not if it comes with any attachments to her son.

“Well, for Quintavious it’s wonderful,” Deborah Crowell told me Monday. “But I don’t want them to do it to get Isaiah there. I’m not selling my son’s soul to the devil. This is his decision. If they want to give Quintavious a scholarship, that’s fine. But that can’t have anything to do with Isaiah. He has too much pressure on him as it is and I’m going to lay that on the line with them. We’ll discuss that while we’re up there.”

Crowell, No. 1 on the AJC Fab 50 list, will be taking his official visit to Georgia this weekend along with his mother and the rest of his family. So will Harrow, better known as “Cootie” to family and friends. The 5-11, 190-pound linebacker/safety from Carver-Columbus — who is Crowell’s best friend — received a scholarship offer from the Bulldogs last week, his first from any school.

The Harrows and the Crowells, who have known each other since their kids were in kindergarten, just got back from a trip to Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama this past weekend. They left very impressed with coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.

“It was wonderful,” said Mrs. Crowell, who will also accompany her son and his final visit to Auburn on Jan. 28. “They kept us busy, but we had fun. They had everything planned out and stuck by it all weekend. My husband and I had a wonderful time and Isaiah did, too.”

2. It appears that Valdosta’s Malcolm Mitchell and Jay Rome are definitely going to have their college announcements separately this Thursday. Both players are scheduled to unveil their decisions between Alabama and Georgia that day. But Rome has decided to make his announcement live on ESPNU at 5:30 p.m. (location currently undetermined). Mitchell told me he’s going to stick with his plan to announce at 7 p.m. at the Hibachi Grill and Buffet in Valdosta. It will be carried live by some local radio stations (92.1 FM, 1150 AM and 96.1 FM).

ESPNU tried to convince Mitchell, a fellow Under Armour All-American, to join Rome on the telecast. “Yeah, but I don’t think I’m going to do that,” Mitchell told me. “He wants to do his on TV. I’m just not that big on the TV thing. I’m just sticking with what I have planned. I just wanted to do it where everybody who watched me this season could be there.”

Mitchell said nothing should be read into the fact that they are holding separate announcements. “Nah,” he said. “It doesn’t mean anything.”

Head coach Rance Gillespie is not thrilled with either plan. He said he’d prefer if his two stars would do it together at the high school.

On a sad side note, James Eunice, a Valdosta High classmate and teammate of Mitchell and Rome, has been missing since a boat mishap occurred during a duck hunt on Ocean Pond in Valdosta this past weekend. Thoughts and prayers for that family.

3. AJC Super 11 linebacker James Vaughters of Tucker told me he had a “good trip” to Stanford this past weekend and that he and his family were very impressed with new coach David Shaw. “He has NFL experience and I trust he’ll hire an experienced defensive coordinator and another good linebackers coach. I really enjoyed it out there.”

Vaughters and his family made the long trek to California for his official visit Thursday and stayed through Sunday. One of Vaughters’ chief concerns was the departure of Stanford defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Vic Fangio, who followed head coach Jim Harbaugh to the NFL.

As for whether or not he’ll stick with his commitment to the Cardinal, Vaughters, the AJC’s the No. 4 prospect, said, “I haven’t completely decided yet but I’m pretty sure.” He said he may still visit Florida and Ohio State.

4. AJC Super 11 defensive end Ray Drew of Thomas County Central is taking his fifth and final official visit to Clemson this weekend. The 6-5, 250-pound athlete has not been there since an unofficial visit during the season. Since then the Tigers lost his position coach, Chris Rumph, to Alabama. “I just want to get in there and see Clemson again because a lot has changed since last time I was there,” Drew said. “I need to spend some time up there and get reacquainted with everybody.”

Drew said Alabama tried to get him to take an official visit there. and he wanted to. He was unable to fit it into his schedule but said he is still giving the Crimson Tide some consideration. Somewhat surprisingly, Drew took official visit No. 4 to Miami this past weekend. He had not previously mentioned the Hurricanes as a finalists.

5. For what it’s worth John Jenkins said Georgia is the only school besides Oklahoma State that bothered to visit his family twice in Meriden, Conn. Jenkins, a 6-4, 340-pound noseguard from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, is taking his official visit to UGA this weekend. He visited Miami along with Drew this past weekend. Jenkins said he would choose between the Bulldogs, Auburn, Florida and Miami on or after national signing day.

6. Stephon Tuitt has gone underground. The four-star defensive end from Monroe Area hasn’t been heard from since his official visit to Georgia Tech this past weekend. Tuitt (6-5, 260) is committed to Notre Dame but decided to take one last trip to The Flats to make certain of his choice. Apparently it has only confused him.

The normally accessible Tuitt did not return my phone calls (or anybody elses) Sunday or Monday. However, IrishEyes.com did reach his mother Monday night. “He is still committed to Notre Dame,” she told the Scout site. “He would like to take a couple days to think about think about everything. He just needs some time before he’s ready to talk.”

So we’ll give him more time.

7. Meanwhile, three other players committed to the Jackets during the mega-recruiting weekend, including Tuitt’s teammate, Demontevious Smith. Troy, Ala., athlete Corey Dennis and Lakeland, Fla., offensive lineman Errin Joe were the others.

I didn’t realize this until Monday but Dennis is the son of former UGA football player and current athletic director at Troy University, Steve Dennis. Coach Dennis was also a longtime assistant at Auburn. Here’s a story that will tell you more about Corey Dennis and his recruitment to Tech.

8. Georgia Tech, which is now up to 21 commitments, is apparently also making a late push for four-star offensive lineman Xzavier Ward. Tech coaches made an in-home visit with the 6-foot-7, 260-pound offensive tackle from Colquitt County on Monday, according to JacketsOnline.com. Dan Mullen and other Mississippi State coaches were also in to see Ward.

He might be a long shot for both teams. Speculation is that Ward may commit to Auburn while on an official visit on The Plains this weekend. But Ward’s recruitment has been somewhat of a mystery all along. He was supposed to take official visits to Florida and Alabama, respectively, the last two weekends but had the trips canceled by the schools because they had no more room for tackles, according to AuburnSports.com.

The No. 9-ranked Ward is one of only six players on the AJC Fab 50 list currently uncommitted.

9. Georgia State recently received a commitment from defensive tackle Fatu Ullale, a 6-2, 275-pound defensive lineman from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College. Ulale said he will sign with the Panthers on national signing day and join the team in June after he graduates from junior college. “I just fell in love with the coaching staff, basically,” Ulale said of choosing to come all the way across the U.S. to play football. “I had a connection with some of the other players there, too, and I feel like I may be able to come in and have an impact.”

Another player targeted by Georgia State ended up committing to Samford last Friday. Jerry Mathis (6-4, 285) was a two-way starter for Rockdale County but is expected to play defensive line for Samford.

“I felt that it was a good move for me and it was the best opportunity for me as far as football and education,” Mathis said. “I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season to face the reigning champions the Auburn Tigers. I was looking into Georgia State but their defensive line filled. The coaches there really wanted me but I  guess their timing was a little off. But I feel I made the right decision.”

10. THIS & THAT: Center Manrey Saint-Amour from North Gwinnett committed to Georgia Southern, coach Bob Sphire said. Manrey was co-lineman of the year in Gwinnett County. . . . Grady DB Damian Swann said he’ll be wearing the number 5 at Georgia next season. . . . Alabama commitments Dee Hart and Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix of Orlando have canceled their official visits to Southern Cal scheduled for this weekend, according to the Orlando Sentinel. . . . DE Mason Harris of Rossville had an in-home visit from South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, according to PalmettoSports.com. Harris is a Gamecocks’ commitment. . . . McEachern tight end Rory Anderson visited Tennessee over the weekend.

483 comments Add your comment

Joe Mayo

January 18th, 2011
10:01 am

Anyone else think they must have thought Delino Deshields was a football player?

Joe Mayo

January 18th, 2011
10:04 am

So Chip, the Harrows made the trip to Tuscaloosa as well?

It is what it is

January 18th, 2011
10:06 am

If you don’t want to sell your child’s soul to the devil don’t let him go to Alabama.

RambleOn84

January 18th, 2011
10:08 am

Disappointed, but not at all surprised, to hear that Vaughters has basically ruled out Tech.

Ward and Tuitt are both still long shots.

However, the fact that Tuitt has been so quiet following his Tech visit is only good news for Tech. If he were still 100% committed to Notre Dame you would think he would come right out and say it.

ECB

January 18th, 2011
10:09 am

Does anyone think that they might have hurt there chances with Crowell?

johnny too good

January 18th, 2011
10:12 am

I think these kids are gettin some ideas from Lebron and his “decision” hype and telecast from this summer, espnu live? radio broadcasts?

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

glsjunior

January 18th, 2011
10:12 am

Hey Mr. Mathis, you just committed to Samford, not Stanford….

Joe Mayo

January 18th, 2011
10:13 am

Johnny too good, everything is broadcast on radio here in South Georgia.

RambleOn84

January 18th, 2011
10:14 am

By the way, I’m sure some overly-sensitive UGA fans and rival fans (Tech, Auburn, Bama, etc.) will try to make a mountain out of a molehill regarding Mrs. Crowell’s comments, but I can guarantee she didn’t mean it the way it sounds.

Good luck to UGA and Tech!

RambleOn84

January 18th, 2011
10:15 am

ECB,
I’m sure Mrs. Crowell is only concerned that her son may be taken advantage of, but I doubt she is actually angry with Richt for this. Crowell is a big boy and he will make his own decision, but it is his mother’s job to always look out for her boy.

goldwreck

January 18th, 2011
10:17 am

Steve Dennis and Neil Calloway both went to Central (Lanier before forced mergers of black and white schools) High School in Macon,GA.For UAB to offer Corey Dennis is no surprise.Steve Dennis was a good athlete in high school and played some quarterback before moving to safety at UGA.

TONE

January 18th, 2011
10:17 am

i think they destroyed their chances with Crowell , i would bet you he goes to Auburn. they are last in line and the teller window.

RTR22

January 18th, 2011
10:18 am

Crowell, Rome and Mitchell. Go to Athens and there will be a coaching change in your career. Play for SEC Title 23 next yr at Bama? Puppies, how many titles do yall have lol… Not even in the same
zip code. I am guessing Mitchell will wear the Crimson.

Hal

January 18th, 2011
10:21 am

On Vaughters decision….and Coach Shaw “He has NFL experience and I trust he’ll hire an experienced defensive coordinator and another good linebackers coach. I really enjoyed it out there.”
Come again….If he is looking for that look no farther that Tech and Al Groh. He has a Super Bowl ring and has coached some of the best there has ever been. What are these kids thinking?????
Your going 3000 miles away from home for what??? Are they giving out magic feathers or something out there?

Greg

January 18th, 2011
10:21 am

Chip- Was your question to Debbie Crowell “Hey Debbie, what do you think about UGA offering Cootie- you think it was a ploy to ensure Isaiah comes?” This is the first time I’ve ever seen someone so up in arms about a friend getting a scholarship offer, so it seems logical that you asked the question in an inflammatory way- I cant say it would surprise me.

chilidawg

January 18th, 2011
10:21 am

Get on board, guys. Let’s put this thing together!

Bremen Dawg

January 18th, 2011
10:22 am

Mark Richt and staff can’t discuss Quintavious Harrow with Deborah Crowell under recruiting rules so there no getting to the bottom of that.

collegeballfan

January 18th, 2011
10:23 am

Sounds like Crowell’s mama is on the warpath.

If I was a UGA recruiter I would be a real teddy bear while they visit.

SSG Desert Dawg

January 18th, 2011
10:23 am

I’m sure CMR and co. will point out the Ogletrees as an instance of how UGA doesn’t just pass out scholarships for the sole purpose of getting, or in their case keeping, a committment. Alexander was a pretty good contributer on special teams, and may end up being the man a FB before its said and done.

Ramblin Man

January 18th, 2011
10:24 am

Well it looks like Vaughters is out of the picture for GT and I would be extremely surprised to land Ward. I would be happy to see Tuiit commit, but it’s a long shot I believe. If the coaches can land Thorpe, Cooper, Byers, Battle, and/or Kiefer I will be happy. I just hope they don’t waste the offers and save the openings for next year instead of settling if it comes to that.

Chip,
Any word on Blake Countess? Is he still in the picture or more of a Penn. lean if he decommits from Mich? Oh and can you please explain how UNC continues to recruit well considering the NCAA investigation.

johnny too good

January 18th, 2011
10:24 am

Joe Mayo…….. which south georgia? southwest? or southeast?

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

RRTDawgs

January 18th, 2011
10:24 am

This does not sound good for UGA talk that Crowell may be AU bound these may be rumors but i just don’t know what is going to happen i thought we were in good shape but maybe not so much .

TXDawg

January 18th, 2011
10:24 am

@Greg,

I fully agree with you.

I have also been examining the article from the AJC on Jenkins and Drew and have noticed that it was changed from what was originally posted. The original post made no mention of this quote

“When you’ve got a four-man front with four down linemen, you’ve got to have two big men that can flush everything to the outside and guys on the outside that can push everything inside,” Drew said. “We were talking about how we could help each other out that way. I need to find another big D-tackle.”

This quote was added in by Chip after the article was out and people read between the lines and determined that Drew was recruiting Jenkins for us.

USMCDAWG

January 18th, 2011
10:25 am

Thank’s Chip! I like Georgia’s chances with Jenkins “Georgia is the only school besides Oklahoma State that bothered to visit his family twice in Meriden, Conn” He has said in the past anyone wanting his services had to visit his Mother and win her over.

Joe Mayo

January 18th, 2011
10:27 am

Southwest Georgia

The McGarity clock is ticking

January 18th, 2011
10:28 am

UGA alum, now AD Greg McGarity, established some rules of the road, or mileposts after the 2010 ugly start. He informed Richt that he is being evaluated and that evaluation is based on some mileposts:
Defeat Florida …………….Aaron Murray prvented that from happeing, so Richt failed.
Defeat hapless GT …………..UGA won by 8, making a loss by 1, much uglier for GT.
Defeat Central SW Northern campus by SE UCF …………….UGA could not score a td. THIS was ugly for Richt and staff. LOSING SEASON RESULTED. BIG THING for UGA alumni. Not good at all for CMR.
WIN the state of Georgia recruiting battles this season. Tick, tock, tick tock.

If CMR fails also in recruiting, then why keep him beyond signing day? These coaches know that it is a high stakes game and if they do not perfrom on the field or in these mileposts, then they have nothing. This is how it is in business. The UGA coachesd know that they have failed miserably for two or three years running. As for the D side of the ball, CMR put them there one yar ago, but that is the way that it is.

Go Dogs.

rduck

January 18th, 2011
10:29 am

Best of luck withMr. Vaughters wherever he chooses to go to school. I was hoping he would think hard once again about Tech, but it looks like he has found his home. Stephon Tuitt, GT can really use your services and you would be a huge exclamation point on this year’s recruiting class. I really hope you decide to stay home and play here in the area. I think GT got in on the Ward kid a little late but with all the changes and confusion in his recruitment, maybe he will take a hard look a Tech… best of luck to all these kids

Realistic Dawg Fan...

January 18th, 2011
10:29 am

Drew is not going to UGA…check his Facebook status. Last time I checked… we run a 3-4. A part of me wants to think that he is just having fun with the recruit’nicks… but someone of his integrity probably wouldn’t fib so much.

We will also not land Malcom Mitchell. I think Rome is 50-50…Jenkins 50-50….Crowell is a long shot at this point. We really need to start offering our plan Cs before the pool dries out…

Congrats

January 18th, 2011
10:30 am

“Stephon Tuitt has gone underground. The four-star defensive end from Monroe Area hasn’t been heard from since his official visit to Georgia Tech this past weekend.” This can’t be good… have they checked the dumpsters behind the Varsity for his body?

Ramblin Man

January 18th, 2011
10:31 am

I also believe Crowell’s mother is just looking out for her boy and not saying Richt is the devil, but you UGA fans have to admit it would have looked different if his buddy was being recruited by other schools. I think CPJ and crew were thinking the same thing as CMR when GT recruited “Demon”.

Brooksdawg

January 18th, 2011
10:31 am

RRTDawgs….I thought Crowell was in the fold too….but you know what–we will get some good players out of this—The D will be much improved this year and I really think some major changes are coming to that offense.

RRTDawgs

January 18th, 2011
10:32 am

Man i hope these rumors are not true but who knows anymore if we don’t get Rome , Crowell, Drew, Jenkins UGA is in deep trouble .

gomdawg

January 18th, 2011
10:33 am

HARROW LOOK GREAT ON FILMS IF WE GET CROWELL OR NOT , I THINK HE WILL BE VERY GOOD.

Mike Long

January 18th, 2011
10:35 am

Crowell, and Drew are bascially silents to AUB…AUB has cleaned up in ga this year..Bray,Wright,Drew,Crowell

Gerald

January 18th, 2011
10:35 am

The real problem with Quintavious Harrow’s receiving a scholarship offer from UGA is that scholarships are only for one season. They aren’t 4 year rides. So, the Harrow family should know that the only way their son’s continued education is guaranteed is if Crowell goes to UGA and he pans out. Otherwise, UGA can – and very likely will – exercise their prerogative in not renewing Harrow’s scholarship after next season … something that is done all the time. All the time, coaches decide that players aren’t progressing, aren’t going to help the program, and “encourage” them to transfer, and usually the players do so “by mutual decision” (because it gets out that a coach is running a player off, it limits their transfer options).

This is not a situation like Tennessee last year offering Da’Rick Rogers’ buddy. Da’Rick Rogers’ QB was a legitimate college athlete, a 2 star recruit who received a scholarship to Vanderbilt on his own merits. He is worth keeping on the Vols’ roster as a reserve/scout team QB, and if he does decide to transfer, he will have viable options (mid-major schools, etc). This Harrow will have no options whatsoever when UGA decides they don’t need him a year from now, and that’s even if they don’t pull his offer if Crowell doesn’t sign (which they have every right to do, as scholarship offers and verbal commitments aren’t binding).

If Harrow is smart, he had better line up financial aid, loans and other options so that he will be able to pay his own way at UGA. And he had also better early enroll, if he still can. UGA’s having to resort to this really is sad. Not only does it mean that they are banking their jobs on Crowell, but it also means that they don’t have other quality recruits to give Harrow’s spot to. And even if they do land Crowell … there is no evidence that he will help the program the way that Lattimore and Dyer did their respective programs, because UGA doesn’t have the RB and OL coaching – not to mention the playcalling – that those schools do.

Maybe Crowell shouldn’t go to Alabama, because Saban will likely be in the NFL in a year or two (I say he replaces Jeff Fisher in Nashville next season, as he was once an assistant in that organization). But he obviously should not go to UGA. He almost won’t be the program savior that everyone wants to be because Searals, Bobo and Richt aren’t getting the job done, the fans will be screaming at/blaming him and calling him a bust, and Richt will be replaced with a new coach, who for all Crowell knows will be a guy like Mike Leach or Kevin Sumlin who will come in and throw the ball 60 times a game.

Bad, bad bad situation for all involved …

Ron O

January 18th, 2011
10:36 am

Malcom Mitchell told my son at the Orlando Airport 10 days ago that he was going to Bama,

Good golly

January 18th, 2011
10:37 am

Just on facebook and Ray Drew’s status popped up in my news feed: We have the best 4-3 in the SEC I hope your ready @Christian Lemay

Then someone asked what it meant and he said: I’m coming off one end another DE who I’m not sayin at this time and my D tackles are coming to get Lemay and ever other QB. That’s what that means

Just picked these words off another board.

Drew also had a status that said War Dam Eagle.

My thinking has his posts being more of a sardonic and playful meaning rather than anything serious. That being said, I think UGA is in good shape

Corey

January 18th, 2011
10:38 am

People relax….Crowell, Jenkins, Drew, Rome will be Dawgs. We also might get a very big surprise commit, we are just going to have to wait and see……. :)

TXDawg

January 18th, 2011
10:38 am

@Gerald,

Are you reading that junk you just typed, UGA is the only school of the 2 that will honor QH scholly even if he doesn’t pan out.

Joe Mayo

January 18th, 2011
10:38 am

Does anyone have footage of Crowell not running out of the shotgun? Any footage from a down set?

dawgster

January 18th, 2011
10:39 am

Sounds to me like Crowell’s mon has an issue with the dawgs..if that is the case, then not alot we can do about it…You would think that they would be excited for the young man to receive a scholarship offer from a Div 1 school…alot of players that fly under the radar get this kiind of opportunity…If you lose mom in your recruitment of a young man, then you probably lose the son…The dawgs hopefully can assure Mrs. Crowell that the scholarship offer was legit…if not Crowell will not be a dawg…and to be honest with everyone…at this point..i’m not going to worry about it..we will be fine, and next year there are two very good RB’s that have us extremely high on their list…I really hate that recruiting has gotten down to this type of stuff…Again, i go back to all my earlier posts, that we should have offered Caffey…he actually wanted to be a dawg and is an extremely good RB…go dawgs

Glenn

January 18th, 2011
10:40 am

Ward’s trip to Auburn may not happen. They’re now saying they have him 2nd in queue behind another offensive lineman. This helped move GA Tech into a stronger position. It didn’t sit well with Xzavier and he may not even have an offer by this weekend.

sogadog

January 18th, 2011
10:40 am

UGA is a natural fit for Ray Drew, John Jenkins and Isaiah Crowell. Jenkins is the perfect nose guard for the 3-4 defense and he will shine. He should start right away because the Dawgs are thin on the D line. Drew can wreak havoc around the ends while Jenkins plugs the middle.

UGA is in need of a great running back and Crowell should also be able to start right away.

These guys can come to UGA and start right away or ride the bench at Alabama.

As for Jay Rome. the tight end position is a key element of the Dawg’s attack and he will get to play big time.

Dawg_Mike

January 18th, 2011
10:41 am

Who wants to bet GA whiffs on Crowell, Rome, and Drew ?

Mike Long

January 18th, 2011
10:41 am

Auburn will finish Westerman(ot) Drew,Crowell,Jenkins and Wright..UGa should get Rome….Micthell is ALA….slight chance to flip dickson…NSD will be a sad day for us dog fans, good class, but should have been great….. I have very, vey, very reliable sources that Drew is recruiting for AUb and is NOT going to UGA…..Drew,Leromier,Whitaker,Jenkins will be a nasty d-line…I till think we can win 8 or 9 games next year..just need to get bigger and stronger..

BigTimeTECHFan

January 18th, 2011
10:41 am

Nice read – Good for Crowell’s mom, understanding the process and not letting her son get suckered. Make sure he goes to school that’s right for him.

Stephon Tuitt – Do what best, if your heart say ND go to ND, if your heart and mind say GT go to GT. I hope it’s Tech, but will wish him the best regardless.

Corey Dennis – Nice read at the link, 1000 yard rushing, 1000 yard passing, nice. Saftey is such an instinct position, transition will be real easy or real hard, may need to red-shirt hope it works out for him.

Xzavier Ward – Nice, I Tech could get him that would be awesome, him, Joe, Mason, Braun, Chamberlain would reall ad depth to OL. would make for outstanding class.

RRTDawgs

January 18th, 2011
10:43 am

I hope your right Corey its seems like when gets close to the end there a lot rumors out there .

Trojan

January 18th, 2011
10:43 am

If Crowell’s mother really is sincere, then there is no way Crowell goes to Auburn (look at this years activity) and Alabama (have you ever read Saban’s lips during a game, Yicks!)

But she may be impressed that with Auburn, her son will not actually have to go to a class, he can simply enroll in one of the hundreds of “independant studies” for football players.

And with Saban, Crowell will surely not be one of the ones not actually given a scholarship after Alabama sign 25 even though on 11 slots are available.

dirty727

January 18th, 2011
10:43 am

@RRTDawgs He’s a dog do look to deep into it.

Mike Long

January 18th, 2011
10:44 am

Corey

The suprise was Wilder maybe fliping…It aint going to happen…Auburn has really cleaned up in GA…