Carver-Columbus 5-star RB Isaiah Crowell cancels Auburn visit

It's down to Alabama and Georgia for Carver-Columbus running back Isaiah Crowell.

It's down to Alabama and Georgia for Carver-Columbus running back Isaiah Crowell.

It’s official. It’s down to Alabama and Georgia for Isaiah Crowell.

The state’s No. 1 college football prospect, a 6-foot, 210-pound  tailback out of Carver-Columbus, canceled what was to be his final official visit to Auburn this weekend.

“He just said he was getting real tired,” Carver-Columbus coach Dell McGee said Wednesday. “He wanted to thank Auburn for recruiting him and felt like this would only be fair if they wanted to recruit another running back. He said he’s down to Alabama and Georgia now. He wants to take the weekend off and sit down with his family and talk about the situation.”

Not coincidentally, Auburn got a commitment Wednesday from running back Tre Mason of Lakeland, Fla.

Crowell is a 5-star-rated recruit who’s considered the No. 1 back in America by ESPN and Scout.com. He will make his announcement between the two schools on national signing day sometime around 1:30 p.m. at the Occasions Event Center in Columbus. Crowell will be accompanied by his fellow college football signees from Carver for that announcement.

Carver already has one other player headed to Georgia in defensive back Quintavious Harrow, who happens to also be Crowell’s best friend. Defensive tackle Gabe Wright is a four-star prospect who is going to choose between Auburn and Tennessee on Wednesday. Offensive lineman Quincy McKinney has already committed to South Carolina.

The crush of media attention that Crowell and these guys have brought to Carver prompted the school to route interview requests for him and McGee through the Muscogee County School District.

“I’m great,” McGee said Wednesday. “It’s just part of the process this time of year. I have two very high-profile recruits that are uncommitted at this time and that brings a lot of attention with it. Football is very important in this part of the country. It just comes with the territory.”

By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog

525 comments Add your comment

HWJ

January 26th, 2011
4:22 pm

St.Petedawg

January 26th, 2011
4:25 pm

Sorry tiger fans.

Hyder Boyz'

January 26th, 2011
4:26 pm

Dawg Man

January 26th, 2011
4:29 pm

Thanks for the update Chip. Your’e hard work is appreciated.

GTBob

January 26th, 2011
4:31 pm

Auburn will be fine. They have already have Dyer and two 4 Star RB’s coming in. It was nice of Crowell to not drag them along though. No point in wasting anyones time.

Dream Weaver

January 26th, 2011
4:31 pm

jarvis

January 26th, 2011
4:32 pm

I thought this was done a week ago.

WIN WITH RICHT

January 26th, 2011
4:32 pm

I heard Auburn was having trouble fitting Drew under their salary cap.

DawginLex

January 26th, 2011
4:33 pm

He is going to Bama.

We need Jenkins more.

hope I’m wrong

MustangDawg91

January 26th, 2011
4:33 pm

Gooooooooooooooooooo DAWGS!!!!!!!!!

Dawg Man

January 26th, 2011
4:34 pm

I dont’ think so DawginLex, I think Dawgs get Crowell. Can’t see why we offered Q. Harrow otherwise. You know about that right?

7576DAWG

January 26th, 2011
4:36 pm

It’s look’s like we might get both Crowell and Drew but I hope if we do at least two things need to change at UGA:
1-CMR needs to play as many freshmen ,starting in September as possible.
2- Play LeMay often, it will make Murray a better quarterback. Florida beat us because they used three quarterback’s , each had a unique talent.

midga dawg

January 26th, 2011
4:37 pm

WIN WITH RICHT – LMAO!!! – they are still behind on the payments to Cecil’s church!!!!

Can you Handle the Truth

January 26th, 2011
4:37 pm

Some Kids just cannot be bought. What every school has to worry about is the bagmen sneaking in over the weekend and dropping the right amounts into the right hands and turning previous commits.

cattle dawg

January 26th, 2011
4:38 pm

I know about Crowell, Jenkins and Drew. Is there any other big recruits dawgs have a shot at.

William

January 26th, 2011
4:40 pm

ESPN reports the 4 star rb from Lake Worth Fl committed to Auburn today.

FIRE MIKE BOBO!!!!!!

January 26th, 2011
4:41 pm

This could seal the Dawgs recruiting class and throw us into the top ten, but if I was Crowell, i would go to Bama cause Mike Bobo will use him for exactly the opposite of what he is good at.

Sid Arnwine

January 26th, 2011
4:43 pm

CHARLOTTE DAWG

January 26th, 2011
4:43 pm

And word in Charlotte has Kris Frost decommiting from Auburn. Not on Rivals yet but I have several people in my office that know the kid personally.

Gold Dawg

January 26th, 2011
4:43 pm

They are already top 10…everything from this point forward is icing on the cake.

kerryb

January 26th, 2011
4:43 pm

Looks like the Dawgs are pretty much a lock to get him. The story is that he has always been a Dawgs fan. The type of player we need who is all red and black and loves the Dawgs. I been reading that he has a great relationship with Brian McClendon who will be his position coach. I also read that he believes he can start at UGA next season where he will probably have to sit at Bama. All that tells me he is a Dawg.

Gold Dawg

January 26th, 2011
4:44 pm

Enter your comments here

Murphy

January 26th, 2011
4:44 pm

Hope Crowell turns out to be the 5 star recruit all have touted him to be. I sure hope we dont have another Jasper Sanks on our hands. I dont have a good feeling with Crowell at all.

layinlow

January 26th, 2011
4:44 pm

Now the writing is on the wall. I’m convinced for sure that drew and crowell are all dawg. They’re trying to keep the suspense up but it’s now easy to read between the lines based on the moves these other schools are making. Auburn has bowed out for both of them and crowell isn’t going to Bama with dee hart and richardson there. Drew wanted to make everyone think that Auburn was really in the running but now that headfake has been exposed. I would be shocked if drew didn’t pick UGA friday.

Pacific Dawg

January 26th, 2011
4:45 pm

cattle dawg

I hear UGA still has a good shot at Vasi Papulu the big NG from Samoa.
He is a run stuffing beast in the middle. His nickname is Tombstone.

Apples II Oranges

January 26th, 2011
4:45 pm

This is setting up to be possibly a monster finish for CMR. UGA gets every single recruit left they are targeting, mark in down.

kerryb

January 26th, 2011
4:47 pm

Murphy, what on earth gives you a bad feeling about him? All I’ve heard are positives about him. All I have heard is that he is a tremendous player who is kind of shy, easy going and fun to be around. What could give you a bad feeling about that? Are you just one of those doom and gloom people?

WIN WITH RICHT

January 26th, 2011
4:48 pm

It looks like all the doom and gloomers were wrong when they said Richt has lost the ability to recruit. The Dream Team is on the way to reality.

Gold Dawg

January 26th, 2011
4:48 pm

Let’s dub Wednesday, Febuary 2nd as “Frankenstein Day”…in honor of CMR’s monster finish.

Murphy

January 26th, 2011
4:49 pm

Pacific Dawg,

Tombstone? Sounds like a beast-Whats his size-do you know?.

Gadawgfan0711

January 26th, 2011
4:50 pm

Chip: thank you for all the hard work and updates, this time of the year has to be crazy for you. Do you think drew is going to be a dawg? Once again, thanks for the updates. Looks like uga, bama, and auburn are going to be top five in recruiting.

Just Saying!

January 26th, 2011
4:50 pm

7576DAWG – You sir have won the award for the dumbest post ever.

Dawgpa

January 26th, 2011
4:51 pm

I also just read that Auburn told Drew that they were no longer interested. Any truth to this?

Apples II Oranges

January 26th, 2011
4:51 pm

Play Lemay early b/c it will make Murray better? Florida played 3 b/c each had a unique talent?

You no nothing about football. Old saying, if you got 2 QB. then you don’t have a QB. Florida was forced to do it, UGA is more than fine at QB with Murray.

Just Saying!

January 26th, 2011
4:52 pm

FIRE MIKE BOBO!!!!!! – You mean top 5! We are already in the top 10

kerryb

January 26th, 2011
4:52 pm

It also appears that CMR is bringing in some high character kids who will change the atmosphere of the team. I guess thats why they backed out on Witchett. Didn’t want to take any chances this time around.

NRBQ

January 26th, 2011
4:53 pm

kerryb:

Do a little research into his behavior in the championship loss this season. Attitude may be questionable.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 26th, 2011
4:53 pm

I’m saying Crowell signs with Alabama or Georgia. got inside info.

kerryb

January 26th, 2011
4:53 pm

NRBQ, enlighten me on it.

layinlow

January 26th, 2011
4:54 pm

I’m glad we are having a great recruiting class shaping up here but i can’t lose sight of the fact that there are problems within our football program that go way beyond signing day. This is just the first step Richt has to take to get things turned around guys. Iit’s okay to be cautiously optimistic but stay grounded because we need much more than a super recruiting class to get back on top of the mountain.

Carlton

January 26th, 2011
4:54 pm

Of course Crowell would have to sit at Bama. They already have Trent Richardson as their solid #1 starter next season and they have Demetrius Hart (4-star RB) committed to them this year. When Demetrius committed to Bama, Crowell chose UGA basically.

He CAN start immediately in Athens. Ealey and King haven’t done much as a tandem (or alone for that matter when one or the other was suspended/injured the past two years) and the only other road block to Crowell starting would be Ken Malcolme (who could turn out to be a beast but who has yet to see playing time). Crowell is stepping into the perfect situation at UGA if he wants to start right away.

Blackoutanyone?

January 26th, 2011
4:55 pm

Crowell is a UGA lock. Clemson’s rivals site has Clemson commit Pagan and Ray Drew going to UGA. http://clemson.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1181159
ROLL TIDE

K Conley

January 26th, 2011
4:56 pm

Anyone else notice that ESPN continually ranks the Florida recruiting class significantly higher than all of the knowledgeable recruiting services? The thing is that they do it every, single year. No way the group in Gainesville has the 5th best class at this point. Florida State is head and shoulders above their class, and looking at the commits, I don’t have them top 5 in the SEC. I’m a UGA fan, but if I had to rank today, I would go Bama, Auburn, LSU, Georgia, and Tennessee in that order. Am I wrong here or has someone else noticed this? I think Scout has Florida at 25 and Rivals 19 for comparison.

layinlow

January 26th, 2011
4:56 pm

kerryb, I was at the calhoun game and crowell did get two unsportsmanlike penalties and was fussing with his coaches and teammates. It got so bad at one point he was pulled from the game to try and calm him down. Hopefully, in the future he can handle adversity better and keep his emotions in check.

Murphy

January 26th, 2011
4:56 pm

kerry b,

Not a doom and gloom person at all. I spoke back in the year with a few high school coaches that played against him and they questioned his attitude and work ethic. I saw film on him against good teams and not so good teams.He did very well against not so good teams.Did you watch the Under-Armor game? He wasnt impressive at all.I really have my doubts that he is as good as advertised.I at this point just think he is an average back.I hope he proves me wrong.It scares me that we put this much stock into a 17 year old player expected to be great in the SEC. Does this answer your question?

BigTimeTECHFan

January 26th, 2011
4:57 pm

Alabama or UGA – his best bet at playing time early for those schools is special teams. may impact as JR, SR.

Dream Weaver

January 26th, 2011
4:57 pm

Anything else on Kent Turene?

MikeP

January 26th, 2011
4:57 pm

As an Auburn fan, I hope he picks Georgia. If he goes to bammer he might pose a threat. It doesn’t matter who Georgia recruits, Richt & Co. will have them coached down to the 2-star level after a year, two at most.

UGA’s average recruiting class over the past four years according to Rivals is #6 in the nation. Results?… A 6-7 season. That’s hard to do!

WDE

January 26th, 2011
4:58 pm

I’d love to see him go to Bama, but I think he’ll take the in-state fanfare that goes with Georgia.

Tre Mason I think is a good fir for Auburn, and I’d be surprised if his commitment didn’t pretty much ice the whole thing. I haven’t considered Crowell a likely target the past couple months, it’s pretty much been Bama and Georgia.

Now we’ll learn who he is… does he want to go somewhere to compete for a spot and SEC titles, or does he want to be a big fish in a small pond, and walk into the starting lineup.

Pacific Dawg

January 26th, 2011
4:59 pm

Murphy

The sports writers in Pago Pago have him listed at 6′4″ and 370 lbs. The guy is immovable and unstoppable, but UCLA is in the lead for him. Tombstne sounds like a great one.