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
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