Carver-Columbus coach speaks on Isaiah Crowell and ‘Cootie’ Harrow

Isaish Crowell's best friend since kindergarten is already committed to UGA (AJC photo by Jason Getz/jgetz@ajc.com)

Isaish Crowell's best friend since kindergarten is already committed to UGA (AJC photo by Jason Getz/jgetz@ajc.com)

Carver-Columbus coach Dell McGee has heard all the theories about why Georgia offered a football scholarship to his little-known defensive back, Quintavious “Cootie” Harrow.

Harrow’s best friend since kindergarten is Carver teammate Isaiah Crowell, who some consider to be the nation’s No. 1 college prospect at tailback.

When Harrow got the scholarship offer — his first and only — on Jan. 13, he took less than a week to commit to the Bulldogs.

“People are going to have their opinions about why Georgia offered Quintavious, and you’re not going to change that by making a statement about that,” McGee said. “All I know is that [Harrow] is getting a free education at a great institution, along with the opportunity to play football in the best conference in the nation.

“To me, that’s priceless.”

Both Crowell and Harrow were scheduled to make official visits to Georgia this weekend. Crowell is considering the Bulldogs, along with Alabama and Auburn.

While there’s obvious speculation that Harrow was offered as part of a “package deal” by Georgia, McGee doesn’t necessarily concede to the concept. At least he said it was never explained to him that way by Georgia’s coaches.

“I can’t speak on [any underlying] intentions of UGA and its coaching staff,” McGee said. “I only go by what I know and what was expressed to me. Georgia told us [Harrow] was a football player that could help their program.”

In his defense, Harrow said last week that he had just obtained a qualifying test score on the ACT, which may or may have not scared away other colleges earlier in the recruiting process. He had also spoken to Georgia Military (junior college), although nothing had yet to materialize.

Some are wondering why Georgia was the only school to get serious with Harrow, considering hundreds of college scouts visited Carver to look at Crowell and its boatload of fellow big-time prospects over the last year.

Carver’s coach was asked: Is Harrow a legit SEC player? “I think he can play on the next level,” McGee replied, choosing his words carefully. “Will he play quickly at Georgia? I can’t speak on that because a lot of circumstances go into playing college football.

“Being lucky and staying injury-free is a big part of it, while the [team's defensive] scheme and his learning curve will play another part. Athletically, yes, he can play Div. I football. But there are a lot of factors that will contribute to whether he does or doesn’t.”

McGee thinks Harrow’s commitment will influence Crowell’s thought process, but he won’t speculate the total impact. “Isaiah will do what is the best for Isaiah.”

Earlier in the week, Crowell’s mother affirmed the coach’s words, telling the AJC’s Chip Towers, “I’m not selling my son’s soul to the devil. This is his decision. If [Georgia wants] 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.”

– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting

Now it’s your turn. What’s your opinion on Georgia’s actions? Please post below.

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Joe Pierce

January 22nd, 2011
2:31 am

OMG FIRST!! YES I HAVE COMPLETED MY LONG LIFE GOAL!

Gatorhator

January 22nd, 2011
2:35 am

YouTube q.harrow he has good highlights

The Honest Mechanic

January 22nd, 2011
2:39 am

Saban had Harrow in for an official visit last weekend, along with Crowell, did he not?

SSG Dessert DawG

January 22nd, 2011
2:53 am

Everyone needs to realize that Harrow’s scholarship will be honored regardles of Crowell’s decision. I might think differently if Crowell committed and was wavering a little, then UGA offered Harrow to solidify Crowell. I’m sure CMR offered thinking, it can’t hurt their chances, but I doubt he offered solely to get Crowell. Mr. Harrow looks to be a good football player, and Lawd knows we could use some guys that can tackle on defense, and who couldn’t use 4.4 speed in the secondary. I for one, and judging by the blogs I’m not alone, welcome Mr. Harrow to UGA and look forward to seeing him play.

yearofthedawg

January 22nd, 2011
2:56 am

I love Harrow’s highlights… hits like a truck. The big question for me is whether he can adjust to safety after playing what looks to be a stand up defensive end position. But just about every high school player has to make some kind of adjustment at the college level.

As far as Georgia’s offering because of the link to Crowell, we won’t be able to accurately answer that question for years… depends on where Crowell signs and how he and Harrow do in college.

Welcome aboard, Cootie…

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Bull

January 22nd, 2011
3:24 am

I’m still curious as to what Crowells mom meant by selling son to the devil. I know what the bama and gt ppl are gonna say talking trash…but really…that comment doesn’t make much sense. We’re talking about their family friend getting a scholarship?

What’s your take on this Chip?

Todd

January 22nd, 2011
3:45 am

Old Boy

January 22nd, 2011
3:52 am

I remember last year when everyone was complaining about Xander Ogletree getting a scholarship offer because they felt he only got it because of his twin brother. Xander played as a true freshman and will get even more playing time this year at FB. Not bad for a ‘throw away scholarship’. I would love to see Cootie silencing the critics the same way.

Oakisland

January 22nd, 2011
5:23 am

Cootie could be the next Rudy. Give me a guy who wants to go to a school so bad that he will give 100% all the time and you have a great motivator. He will practice so hard that he will make the starters work even harder. Whose to say that he won’t contribute, he may not start but could be great on special teams and make the starters better players. GO DAWGS

superDawg

January 22nd, 2011
5:39 am

Word is Crowell is having academic problems and might not quality. Sounds like his BF just qualified but I think his mom’s comments reflect the word on the street that AU will get him qualified… he might be a Tiger in the future.

sogadog

January 22nd, 2011
6:03 am

It appears offering scholarships to friends and relatives to land top prospects is the “new normal” in college football recruiting. (See DaRick and his pal the QB whose name escapes me.) CMR has to be as competitive as possible within the bounds of the rules therefore offering to Cootie to land Crowell is OK with me. I would oppose this practice if the offer to Cootie was conditioned upon Crowell signing which it is not.

I hope Crowell is a Bulldawg. He has very little competition at his position at UGA, and at UGA, he could be next year’s Marcus Lattimore. If he goes to Auburn or Alabama he rides the bench awhile.

Also, Cootie is 6 foot 1 and runs a 4.42 forty. He may turn out to be a better player than Crowell.

Paddy

January 22nd, 2011
6:15 am

College football rosters have many, many stories like Cootie’s. If the kid has what it takes, and UGA must think he does, then both player and UGA made a wise decision. I am going to pull for the kid no matter who is on the team. We have had our share of over hyped players that never made it on to the field or contributed much to the program. We will know about Cootie in a couple years. I hope he makes all SEC!

Palm City Dawg

January 22nd, 2011
6:36 am

Mark Richt’s decisoin to offer Harrow is obviously a play to get Crowell, but he is the most honest and respected coach in NCAA arena. I am confident he wants to stay on course with the DAwgs and to get this program back on top of the SEC and take us to the promised land. Lets go baby! Come take the trip with us Isaish. Good luck to ALL the great recruits we have landed. See you next year. You’ll all look great in the RED AND BLACK!!!

Jim

January 22nd, 2011
6:52 am

one young man can change a team, just look at the games that are won by one inch or one second.the pressure is ??????.

woebegong

January 22nd, 2011
7:07 am

With 4.4 speed, just imagine what he might be able to do handling punts and kick offs for us. He might need to put on a few pounds to play on defense, but I would bet he is just about right to take it down the field after receiving a kick off or punt. 4.4 Speed is a god given talent. No college can teach that and i doubt very many folks can increase to that speed, no matter how much they practice running.

Spike

January 22nd, 2011
7:17 am

Come on Isiah!! Just do it!!!

Destin Dawg

January 22nd, 2011
7:27 am

Crowell is over rated … he knows he wouldn’t see the field at Ala… he and his mother have a bad attitude… not a great student…. Awl barn is the best place for him… we need to open up recruiting RB’s… Go Dawgs !!!!

No One Knows You're a Dawg

January 22nd, 2011
7:36 am

It’s a shame UGA can’t comment on recruits yet and talk about what they like about Harrow and how they plan to use him in their defensve schemes.

Beast from the East

January 22nd, 2011
7:37 am

Of course this is a ploy to get Crowell to sign, but so what? If you’re willing to throw away a scholarship in a gamble to get one of the country’s top players then that’s your right. Who really loses in this process? Another kid gets a free education.

Beast from the East

January 22nd, 2011
7:41 am

“Mark Richt’s decisoin to offer Harrow is obviously a play to get Crowell, but he is the most honest and respected coach in NCAA arena”

Palm City Dawg, I appreciate your love of your coach, but don’t you think it’s just a LITTLE outlandish to annoint him as “the most honest and respected coach in NCAA arena”. Ever heard of Joe Pa?

Trojan

January 22nd, 2011
7:52 am

The man can run a forty in 4.4. Don’t belittle him. He is a Dawg. Why not question how much Auburn pays players? Why not question the hundreds of independant study classes at Auburn for players? That would be a great article. Those classes are not even disputed.

SuperB

January 22nd, 2011
7:52 am

1. IF Crowell signs with Alabama, who will Saban kick off the team to make room for him? Or who what recruit will he renege on? And, with 2 good RB’s returning plus Hart– when would Crowell get to play?
2. IF he signs with Auburn, will he miss bowl games, etc. IF Auburn is slapped with probation. Remember ESPN’s quote on Nov. 9 from Cam Newton. “The money was too good,” to refuse (by Auburn.)
3. I don’t think many people look at Georgia or Mark Richt as “the devil.” If he is anything, Richt is an honorable man.

Depressed Dawg

January 22nd, 2011
7:54 am

This is sad. I am an alum, live in Athens, and am around UGA athletics quite a bit. Richt is in desperation mode and is doing everything he can to preserve his own job. Scenario top play out: Crowell signs with UGA, flunks out in 2 yrs; Cootie (with a name like that his destiny is laid out already) gets arrested freshman year for public drunk, driving with suspended license, et al. By sophomore year, after 2nd and 3rd chances given by Richt the Christian savior to college athletics, Cootie’s 3rd arrest gets him kicked off of team. Crowell and Cootie end up back in Columbus and open up C&C Auto Detailing with the leftover booster money they didn’t have enough time to blow on partying in Athens.

SuperB

January 22nd, 2011
7:56 am

PS: Georgia should sign any good prospect who can play defense, especially one who may play in the secondary. Good DB’s are hard to come by.

Also, Joe Paterno is a good man– but so is richt. He has done a lot for the poor and needy!

SuperB

January 22nd, 2011
7:57 am

Depressed Dawg: How appropriate. Your comments are depressing and without merit. Your scenario makes me think you are really: a damn Tekkie living in Atlanta!

TennesseeDawg

January 22nd, 2011
7:57 am

In other words, we wasted a ’ship trying to get Crowell.

trupert

January 22nd, 2011
8:01 am

Well, if Mrs Crowell won’t sell her son’s soul to the Devil that sounds good for UGA because unlike Mr Newton she won’t sell him for money (yes I know that Cam didn’t know) and if someone tells her about how Satan oh I ment Saban is kicking numerious underacheving players out to make room for his unethical oversigning practice that should seal the deal. Good ol Bamer’s at +12 and again leading all comers for the Oversigning cup.

It’s simple, it’s UGA for Crowell.

TennesseeDawg

January 22nd, 2011
8:02 am

Am I the only one who could care less if we get Crowell? The kid is a attention hog and dumb as a brick. Most likely will flame out with the lack of coaching we have at Georgia now anyway.

sandman053

January 22nd, 2011
8:07 am

I don’t think it was wasted. I mean 4.4 speed is pretty doggone nice to have. And if he could hold on to the ball then he is better than our current starting RBs…cut them kid some slack. He might turn out to be the next Terry Hogue.

Depressed Dawg

January 22nd, 2011
8:09 am

Super B: You could be no farther from the truth. I would be glad to show you my driver’s license and degree to prove to you I’m being truthful. I’m just also being realistic: there are too many of these “barely eligible” players wasting space here. UGA (note I don’t refer to the school in the 1st person – that’s how you can tell an actual dawg from just a fan) needs to re-image its football program to become respectable again. If that means some losing seasons, so be it. By the way, life is awesome – just depressed about the sad state of the football program. Super B, you need to get your head out of the clouds and get studying for your GED.

Davis

January 22nd, 2011
8:10 am

This guy hits like a linebacker

lagaawg

January 22nd, 2011
8:13 am

People seem to forget how important special teams are,seems with his speed and tackling ability he would be perfect to cover punts and kick offs.

1eyedJack

January 22nd, 2011
8:16 am

Most every team offers kids that are borderline prospects to fill out their classes. Who’s to say Harrow doesn’t turn into a Tim Jennings or Kenarious Gates? With decent size and 4.4 speed he could be a special teams demon at the least.

Skitty Fritty

January 22nd, 2011
8:17 am

Actually his Dad made this decision for him and he knew nothing about it.

Eddie

January 22nd, 2011
8:18 am

These fake UGA fans(reallys tech,bama,barn and tenn) talking badly about Crowell ard Harrow are both funny and sad. If you thought your school was getting Crowell, he would be the best thing since sliced bread and Cootie would be a great compliment. Since you know he is choosing UGA, you have to trash him. Some of you people need to get a life. GO DAWGS!

poopdawg

January 22nd, 2011
8:20 am

4.4 speed and people are questioning whether we are wasting a ship? 4.8 speed then you have a legitimate argument. The kid just qualified and the ship is good with or without Crowell.

Cuz

January 22nd, 2011
8:21 am

Much ado about nothing.

mpeters57

January 22nd, 2011
8:22 am

People just can’t let it go. The ajc has been trying to make UGA look like the bad guy with 2 seperate stories on this. If they did offer just to get IC so what they are not the only College to offer a close friend or family member to get a highly rated recruit to school. Harrow come out this week and said UGA has been after him for a while, told him he had an offer if he got a qualifying score. He got the qualifying scores henced the offer.

Rick

January 22nd, 2011
8:23 am

Olgletree twins came together; one was not expected to play at all (zander); just a package deal you know. He played a lot on specail teams and had several plays from the fulback position, go figure.

Dawg Consultant

January 22nd, 2011
8:25 am

Depressed Dawg fortunately these boards are anonymous and there is not such thing as instant karma. Otherwise, all the ill will you wished upon two 18 young men who are trying to get a free education playing the sport that they (and we all) enjoy would befall you and your family. Now that would be karma. But as I said, even if there is karma; its not instant.

If you are truly an alumus of UGA, now you have depressed me.

Destin Dawg

January 22nd, 2011
8:30 am

Cootie is a good get… ” Speed Kills “… at D back… special teams….. Go Cootie !! Go Dawgs !!

sandman053

January 22nd, 2011
8:30 am

Anyone heard any more on thid “big” announcement on Monday?

1eyedJack

January 22nd, 2011
8:30 am

Chip, is it true that Crowell and Harrow are actually related and if so how?

sandman053

January 22nd, 2011
8:34 am

1eyedJack I’m hoping they are both adopted…..by the Dawgs!

Destin Dawg

January 22nd, 2011
8:34 am

Rick.. get your facts please… Alec committed way BEFORE.. Zander who was going to take FSU scholarship … Not a package deal.. Zander is a hitter on DDD and special teams…. Go Dawgs !!

1eyedJack

January 22nd, 2011
8:35 am

sandman053, ditto.

sandman053

January 22nd, 2011
8:38 am

1eyedJack you heard anything about a big announcement Monday? I hear bits and pieces and it is supposed to be “huge”..but not to do with Jenkins per se.

1eyedJack

January 22nd, 2011
8:40 am

sandman053, not necessarily size but time….could it be a contract extension for CMR?

sandman053

January 22nd, 2011
8:42 am

that was what I was thinking and if so I think that locks this class down you agree?