Media blitz over Isaiah Crowell overwhelms Carver-Columbus

Want to know how intense it’s getting around Carver High School in Columbus? So intense that the Muscogee County School District has had to step in to handle the media blitz inundating head football coach Dell McGee.

Carver-Columbus coach Dell McGee has been a little overwhelmed with recruiting here lately. (Photo from Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Carver-Columbus coach Dell McGee has been a little overwhelmed with recruiting here lately. (Photo from Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Of course, McGee’s star player is none other than running back Isaiah Crowell, the number one prospect in the state. And everybody in the world wants to know where Crowell is going to play football in college, yours truly included.

Crowell, understandably, has closed off all communication with media as he tries to make this very difficult decision Georgia, Alabama and Auburn. So with Crowell’s cell phone turned off, we’ve all turned to Coach McGee to answer our questions (the latest one being whether Crowell had canceled this weekend’s scheduled visit to Auburn).

But when you have on the average of 10 media outlets covering the three schools Crowell is considering, that’s a lot of calls McGee is having to field. Apparently it finally got to be too much. He texted me Wednesday to “call Dr. Gibson for answers to your questions.”

Not to be confused with Dr. Phil, Dr. Gary Gibson is the director of athletics for Muscogee County. He could not, however, tell me whether Crowell was still going to take his trip to Auburn.

Gibson, in turn, referred me Valerie Fuller, who is the director of communication for Muscogee County. I left a detailed message on Ms. Fuller’s voicemail as instructed. But something tells me she’s not going to know whether Crowell’s making his official to Auburn this weekend or not.

So that’s where we stand. I’ll let you know if and when I get a definite answer. In the meantime, Dr. Gibson told me a little about the school district’s decision to step in.

“We’ve got a new policy,” he said. “We’ve actually had it for a couple of years when we brought in Ms. Fuller as a communications specialist. We’re just trying to make sure academic time isn’t troubled. We didn’t make [the policy] just for [Carver], but it has been a crazy time for them lately. Really since they started winning.”

And, of course, producing Division I football talent. In addition to Crowell the Tigers feature defensive tackle Gabe Wright, the state’s 16th-rated player; No. 43-ranked Quincy McKinney, who is committed to South Carolina; uncommitted defensive back Riyadh Jones; and numerous underclassmen who are attracting regional and national recruiting attention.

But make no bones about it, it’s the 5-star running back Crowell who’s creating the buzz at Carver. Thankfully for him and for them, it’ll all pass like a summer thunderstorm on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. when Crowell makes his announcement along with the other college-bound Tigers at the local community center.

Afternoon update: I spoke with Ms. Fuller, who said was filling out an interview request form and e-mailing it over to Coach McGee and the folks at Carver. I had to tell her it was Isaiah Crowell, c-r-o-w-e-l-l, not Kell. But she says she’s on it for me.

By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog

170 comments Add your comment

John

January 26th, 2011
2:21 pm

John

January 26th, 2011
2:21 pm

mike

January 26th, 2011
2:22 pm

Enter your comments here

GT Joe

January 26th, 2011
2:23 pm

GT Joe

January 26th, 2011
2:23 pm

Dang me, almost had it…

mike

January 26th, 2011
2:24 pm

Come to GA dude. The women in Athens are fine and divine. In Aleebammer they have no teeth. Just dentures.

John

January 26th, 2011
2:24 pm

Sorry GT Joe, you will always be second to a Dawg.

atltiger15

January 26th, 2011
2:25 pm

AU is convinced Crowell not coming, They offered their 2nd taget, Tre Mason, who has moved his announcement to 3pm to commit to AU..AU will not visit Ray Drew since they offered his scholarship to the DE that committed about an hr ago..The Dawgs will have Crowell, Drew,and Jenkins. That is what you guys have wanted and it looks like you’ll get it..Now put it to use and you guys should be good to go. Looks like the Dream Team has become a reality.

RiffRaff

January 26th, 2011
2:26 pm

Wow, what a circus….

Dawg Man

January 26th, 2011
2:28 pm

I wouldn’t wish this type of paparazzi media attention on any 17-18 year old kid. I know you are just doing your job Chip. I know.

rrich

January 26th, 2011
2:28 pm

hopefully he will go with the dawgs

Dawg Man

January 26th, 2011
2:28 pm

I know it’s a week away but what’s your gut Chip on Crowell?

Pacific Dawg

January 26th, 2011
2:31 pm

Has anyone heard about Vasi Papulu from Western Samoa? He is 6′4″ and 375 lbs. Supposed to be the best DT from in Pago Pago in many years. Has Dawgs in final five.

RiffRaff

January 26th, 2011
2:33 pm

atltiger15, where are you getting this from?

walker

January 26th, 2011
2:33 pm

We need Isaiah at Georgia. We need for him to get with Ray and John and let’s get Georgia Back to the level of Football we were playing 3 years ago. I honestly think we were the Best Team in the Country after we Blew Hawaii out in the Sugar Bowl. All it takes it to get back to a strong running game and with the signing of Christian Lemay and Murry we are close. I feel with the tranfer from Southern Cal helping us on Def. and the returning letterman and reshirts we will be stronger on Def. if we can get Big John and Ray to solidify. We could make the turn around that Aub. had last year. It doesn’t take but a few Good Men and we need you , John and Ray and be the leaders of the DAWGS. Mark Richt will lead you in the right direction if strive to be the best. 2 #1 draft choices last year and there will be 2 #1 Draft choices this year. How many teams have that on their resume.

Dawg Man

January 26th, 2011
2:33 pm

Hadn’t heard anything about it. Probably no chance or little chance he’s going to go to UGA

JAWJeRDAWG

January 26th, 2011
2:34 pm

@ atltiger15

Hope you are on point! Go Dawgs!

Dawg Man

January 26th, 2011
2:37 pm

I feel cautiously optimistic that Crowell is all Dawg but what Dawg fan can forget last year with Da’rick Rogers?

WIN WITH RICHT

January 26th, 2011
2:38 pm

Just think in a few days it will be all over. Then, we can start thinking about all the can’t miss prospects that we absolutely have to sign in 2012 in order to survive.

how2fish

January 26th, 2011
2:39 pm

atltiger15 congrats on those two new pickups…I’m hoping we get 2 out of the three you mentioned but only time will tell..

Chase

January 26th, 2011
2:40 pm

Atltiger, are you sure of this?

WIN WITH RICHT

January 26th, 2011
2:41 pm

Pacific Dawg

I hear that Vasi Papulu from Samoa is a dominating run stopper in the middle of the line. But, I hear UCLA has the inside track according to the sports writer in Pago Pago.

hmmm

January 26th, 2011
2:43 pm

I think we get all three. I know my opinion doesn’t really matter, but I can dream(pun intended), right?

JRW7

January 26th, 2011
2:43 pm

Looks like my UGA DAWGS are on a roll! CROWELL, DREW, and JENKINS, come to UGA and be on the UGA DAWGS DREAM TEAM OF 2011!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!

Mtn Dawg

January 26th, 2011
2:44 pm

Come on Isaiah. Be a DAWG!!

Chip, can you update us sometime on men’s basketball recruiting.

jake

January 26th, 2011
2:44 pm

Dawg Man said:
“I wouldn’t wish this type of paparazzi media attention on any 17-18 year old kid. I know you are just doing your job Chip. I know.”

Fact is, these kids create this with their hat dances. They’re all about the attention. I wish we could eliminate it completely.

ole richie

January 26th, 2011
2:45 pm

watched some highlights of john jenkins earlier today, he is a beast! Fighting through triple teams and getting sacks and also has that ability to run east west to help cut off outside runs! Hope we get Crowell Jenkins and Drew

Vasi

January 26th, 2011
2:46 pm

Finally some love. This Chip guy has never contacted me or my coach. I do like UGA.

atltiger15

January 26th, 2011
2:46 pm

I’m a subscriber to AU247, scout, and rivals..I’ll post the info for you in a few…Its a collection from todays going ons..

Stanky

January 26th, 2011
2:47 pm

Whatever – 4th and inches after dirving 90 plus yards – field goal vs UCF pretty much told me how Richt has matured as a coach. UCF??????

Nice message to our team and fans.

I seriously – SERIOUSLY – DOUBT Saban, Urban, Chizik, Spurrier, Mullen, Dooley, Petrino – or anyone else that wants to FRIGGING win would PU$$ out like Richt did – and has done on this team.

Where is the fire?
Where is the discipline?
Where is the coaching?
Where is the player development?
6-7???
6 and FRIGGING 7???
Are you kidding me?
Losses to COLORADO and UCF????
ARE…..YOU……KIDDING……ME?

Go Dawgs!!!!

RRTDawgs

January 26th, 2011
2:47 pm

That sounds like great news if it is true that Drew canceled his visit and is looking more likely now that Crowell will be a dawg .

RiffRaff

January 26th, 2011
2:48 pm

Thanks atltiger15 …

jay z

January 26th, 2011
2:48 pm

AU will still be visiting Drew.

Some One in N.C

January 26th, 2011
2:51 pm

You can bank on this, I guarantee it. MY FRIEND Drew is coming with me to UGA. GO DAWGS!

Drdawgfan

January 26th, 2011
2:51 pm

Pacific Dawg – Papulu only scored a 14 on his ACT and his standing jump depends on local volcanic activity, he’s gonna be a Jacket!

SouthGaBrave

January 26th, 2011
2:52 pm

jake,

You are absolutely correct to a certain extent. Both sides feed each other. The kids want to put on a show by announcing on signing day, therefore they have to deal with all the phone calls, media requests, etc. AJ Green may be the best receiver we’ve ever seen at UGA, but he decided to commit early and put an end to his recruitment. He knew where he wanted to go, so he went ahead and committed.

I would think the best tool for most of these kids for recuiting their buddies to join them in school, would be to give their school the good publicity of them committing early. Make your desire to play at your school known, then go out and recruit the others.

Delbert D.

January 26th, 2011
2:54 pm

The actual football games are nothing compared to the imagined glory of the recruiting class.

RRTDawgs

January 26th, 2011
2:54 pm

AU must be loaded at the DE position and they must have saw the writing on the wall that Drew was a strong UGA lean .

Dawg Man

January 26th, 2011
2:55 pm

Certainly a point well taken. Makes you kind of wish the recruits would shut down once all the offers start coming in their junior years just to cut down on all histeria

Dawg Man

January 26th, 2011
2:57 pm

Commiting early certainly keeps some of the media off of them but at the same time you see so many of them flip, flip again, and then recommit to the original school.

bgdawg

January 26th, 2011
2:58 pm

jenkins, drew, crowell, and an unknown player. thats a great way to finish this dream team!!

DC

January 26th, 2011
2:59 pm

AU’s new recruit is a DE/Linebacker just fyi….no word on Drew breaking the sit down…he called some people to not even worry about recruiting..but he has allowed Chizik…we’ll see if there is any updates on that…but…just b/c of these happenings doesn’t mean these kids will all go to UGA…but we shall see…can’t wait..last year was hilarious for me…

saban

January 26th, 2011
2:59 pm

He is mine.

Get over it puppies. Back to the trailor park in the cesspool while I win another national championship.

Dawg Man

January 26th, 2011
2:59 pm

If as fans we stopped paying attention and more importantly money to this recruiting game then there wouldn’t be all this craziness. Then again Chip would be out of job too, and who wants that with the great job he does?

bgdawg

January 26th, 2011
2:59 pm

@ dawg man- Stephon Tuitt?

hmmm

January 26th, 2011
3:00 pm

Really Saban? Trailer park? Have you seen Tuscaloosa, or the state of Alabama in general?

ole richie

January 26th, 2011
3:01 pm

unknown maybe Kent Turene thinking bout UGA but he is a USC commit

Dawg Man

January 26th, 2011
3:01 pm

Oh Saban, are you still looking at that NFL job?

Murphy

January 26th, 2011
3:02 pm

News from a pal(FSU Booster) in Tallahassee is that Drew will be a Seminole.

hmmm

January 26th, 2011
3:02 pm

Where did this unknown person come from? Thought I was keeping up with the comments, but I guess not.