5-star TB Isaiah Crowell chooses Georgia Bulldogs (UPDATED THROUGHOUT)

Isaiah Crowell, the top player in the state, heeded the Georgia Bulldogs’ call to become part of their “Dream Team.” The five-star running back from Carver-Columbus chose the Bulldogs over Alabama on Wednesday.

His announcement was nationally-televised live on ESPNU.

Crowell wore a crimson-colored tie with a gray suit to throw people off. But after pulling a Georgia cap from underneath a table, he said, simply, “I’m going to be a Dog.”

“The main thing was where I felt comfortable,” Crowell said of the decision. “I had a good relationship with the running backs coach [Bryan McClendon], the strength and conditioning coach [Joe Tereshinski]. That was the difference between Alabama. It was a close decision, but when it came down to it, my heart was at Georgia.”

A few moments after announcing, Crowell produced a white English bulldog puppy, which he displayed on the table where he sat at the Events Community Center in Columbus.

“It was my friend’s dog,” Crowell explained. “I figured it’d be a good idea since he already had a dog.”

Crowell becomes the crown jewel of what the Bulldogs have dubbed their “Dream Team” recruiting class. He’s the third five-star signee they have landed and third that is ranked No. 1 in the nation at his position. The others are Thomas County Central defensive end Ray Drew and Valdosta tight end Jay Rome.

In fact, Drew called out Crowell to follow him when Drew chose the Bulldogs last Friday in Thomasville.

“I haven’t heard from him,” Crowell said of Drew. “I know he was shouting me out on ESPN and different stuff when he made his commitment, but I never talked to him. I talked to Jay Rome yesterday. I talked to him about what I thought I was going to do and it went from there. . . . I had a lot of good relationships with a lot of players but when it came down to it, I had to do what was best for me.”

Of when he actually came to a conclusion, Crowell said: “Really, I made up my mind yesterday. But a long time ago, I had already figured out I was going to be at Georgia, probably.”

Crowell, a five-star running back, was one of only two members of the AJC Fab 50 who came into National Signing Day uncommitted. The other was his teammate Gabe Wright, a defensive tackle who chose Auburn over Tennessee.

“It was pretty much 50-50 at the end,” said Wright, who wore an Auburn cap backwards that had “Nick Who” stitched across the back. “It came down to who had been recruiting me the longest.”

Crowell said his was an extremely difficult decision.

“It was very stressful,” he said. “I had a lot to do and didn’t have a lot of time. I had to make up my mind quick.”

Crowell rushed for 1,627 yards and 17 TDs on just 127 carries for Carver-Columbus (13-1) this past season. Those numbers are NOT eye-popping until put into the context of his season. He missed four full games with injuries and rarely played past halftime as Carver, a Class AA powerhouse, generally steamrolled opponents.

Crowell is not the first elite tailback to come out of Carver High in Columbus. Jasper Sanks was a five-star recruit when he signed with Georgia out of Carver in 1997.

598 comments Add your comment

Cuz

February 2nd, 2011
1:26 pm

C’mon Isaih

Chuck

February 2nd, 2011
1:27 pm

Kid, with all this hoopla you have built around this announcement, you had better be a stud no matter where you go. Ryan Perrilloux called and said get over yourself already.

STEINER

February 2nd, 2011
1:27 pm

Sorry, Coach, but it is all about attention….Why else would it take someone this long to make a decision….Couldn’t even get his team into the State Finals…Wow

Cuz

February 2nd, 2011
1:27 pm

missed an a there, sorry Isaiah.

SouthSide Dawg

February 2nd, 2011
1:29 pm

Dawg Fud

February 2nd, 2011
1:30 pm

Good luck, Isaiah

Chuck

February 2nd, 2011
1:30 pm

TOTALLY agree, Steiner. I’d be happy to get this kid and develop him, but with the diva attitude he showed in the playoffs (character shined through when things got tough, huh) and the lack of production at ALL in any of these all star games, I’m really wondering what all the hype is about.

Johnny Too Good

February 2nd, 2011
1:31 pm

drum roll please………….. and now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…………

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

LAXDawg

February 2nd, 2011
1:31 pm

Come on…….just do it…..and then I can go to work :-)

TonyDawg

February 2nd, 2011
1:32 pm

Crowell announcement live on 680 the fan and 93.7 fm station

Dawg Fud

February 2nd, 2011
1:32 pm

LAXDawg, you are cracking me. I feel you brotha.

Dawg Fud

February 2nd, 2011
1:32 pm

If only Lacrosse signings were this intense…

Chuck

February 2nd, 2011
1:32 pm

Nick Williams is going to prove to be the diamond in this class. Drew, Rome, and the receivers should make a quick splash, too–especially Malcom and the kid who is announcing tomorrow.

mike

February 2nd, 2011
1:34 pm

cmon already

mike

February 2nd, 2011
1:34 pm

LAXDawg

February 2nd, 2011
1:35 pm

Crowell in the house….woof woof woof!!!!!!

Columbus

February 2nd, 2011
1:35 pm

@STEINER: Carver went 13-1 Not good enough for you?

Finley Dawg

February 2nd, 2011
1:35 pm

What’s the deal, Chip?

LAXDawg

February 2nd, 2011
1:35 pm

CaliDawg

February 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BILLY JACK

February 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

LAXDawg

February 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

He picked the Dawgs and pulled a while bulldog out :-)

78 DAWG

February 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

He saw some Calhoun linebackers in the crowd and left through the back door.

chilidawg

February 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

Bowmp bowmp… ckick….ckicka chicka….. OOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHH YYYYEEEEAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

insider

February 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

sec

February 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

yea baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! go dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!

ChickenWing

February 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

Isiah’s a Dawg!

GT45

February 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

Just signed with Ala

dawggirl

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

Great news, I’m glad it’s finally come to a close. Still hoping for Jenkins on Saturday. This has been a great recruting class, I hope we see the results on the field.

jdawg

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

IC IS A DAWG

Finley Dawg

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

Welcome to Athens, Mr. Crowell!!!

Vance Duly

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

ChickenWing

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

Jason

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

Way to go IC DGD

BILLY JACK

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

BAMA STAN WRONG AGAIN-THIS IS GETTING OLD UGA IS WHIPPING THAT BAMA TAIL

RxDawg

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

Oh yeh, should be fun times to come for all Bulldogs.

El Dudearino

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

Dawgsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. What # will he wear next year?

bigtime

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

crowell is afraid of competition, hence the dawg selection

Blackoutanyone?

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

CONGRATS UGA!!!! Crowell is an outstanding pickup. ROLL TIDE

rxdawg79

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

Nice try, GT45, but I think you missed it.

Cuz

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

yeah baby…..

74 Dawg

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

…and one to go.

RiffRaff

February 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

Unreal…..GO DAWGS!

Billy Ray Valentine

February 2nd, 2011
1:38 pm

Dude’s got him a white english bulldog up there with him. Legit

jsmooth

February 2nd, 2011
1:38 pm

GT 45:

You are an idiot sir! Get off this blog and go back to your tradeschool blog. Go Dawgs!!

Rimfire

February 2nd, 2011
1:38 pm

Now let’s “Finish the Drill!”

FLA DAWG

February 2nd, 2011
1:38 pm

A very impressive recruiting class.
If Richt can’t win the SEC with these guys he can’t win with anyone.

El Dudearino

February 2nd, 2011
1:38 pm

GT45, jealous much?

BILLY JACK

February 2nd, 2011
1:38 pm

GT45 WHY DONT YOU HANG YOURSELF LOSER

Blackoutanyone?

February 2nd, 2011
1:38 pm

bigtime… Rivals is reporting bigcy has NOT signed his loi as yet. Says he’s still confused. Who knows…