UGA 5-star recruit Isaiah Crowell gets rockstar status at G-Day

Isaiah Crowell is UGA's most highly-anticipated RB since Caleb King (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Isaiah Crowell is UGA's most highly-anticipated RB since Caleb King (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

There was a crowd of people surrounding this celebrity near the field minutes before the start of Saturday G-Day game.

Was it one of the former Georgia greats that had returned to their alma mater to watch a little football? No, but NFL QB Matthew Stafford was there, just not hounded by as many people as the other guy.

The other guy was UGA 5-star recruit Isaiah Crowell.

Crowell, easily recognizable by his long dreadlocks and flashy smile, is considered the “anointed one” by many Bulldog supporters. If Marcus Lattimore could instantly turn around South Carolina’s fortunes in one season, why can’t the Carver-Columbus tailback do the same at Georgia?

Back to the scene: As Crowell made his way out from the tunnel, he was surrounded by an entourage of fellow members of UGA’s 2011 “Dream Team” class, including Thomas County Central defensive end Ray Drew and Valdosta tight end Jay Rome.

The game was about to start, and stadium officials encouraged the group to move forward. Drew and Rome did so, barely noticed by onlookers and gawkers.

Not the other guy, though.

Crowell actually had to slow down his walking pace because people kept on throwing things in front of him for autograph.

Not bad a for kid who has never played a down of college football.

Some were surely Georgia fans, while others were likely guests of high school recruits making an unofficial visit to Georgia for the spring football game. It seemed like nearly everybody, even a few Georgia players prepping for the game, turned around to see what all the commotion was about.

The commotion was about Crowell.

It has been that way since he signed with Georgia last February.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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119 comments Add your comment

mikey

April 17th, 2011
5:16 am

First!

Thank you very much!

Bama Fan#2

April 17th, 2011
5:23 am

Hope he lives up to his hype. I still laugh about him having that puppy bull dawg
at his NSD press conference.

FLABOY

April 17th, 2011
5:35 am

Carvell’s writing describing Isaiah Crowell’s appearance in Athens made me visualize as if I were seeing this live at the stadium. Keep the great recruiting info coming.

Barton Fink

April 17th, 2011
5:52 am

Am I the only person who worries about an incoming freshman being labeled the “anointed one” before he ever plays a down of college football? More than Herschel Walker talent, I hope Isaiah Crowell possesses Herschel Walker attitude, desire, and work ethic.

SSgt Dawg

April 17th, 2011
5:54 am

Long time Dawg fan and even tho I’m only 26 I can’t help but think about all the “highly touted” backs that have come in as big recruits (Lumpkin, King, Samuels) just to name a few. None of them faired well whether it be injuries, immaturity or lack of vision. I just hope Crowell doesn’t fall into this mantra.

Beast from the East

April 17th, 2011
6:28 am

Too much hype for a kid that has never played a down of college football. UGA fans would be wise to temper the enthusiasm until he actually does something. Don’t want this to go to his head, do ya?

dawgerbrown

April 17th, 2011
6:35 am

Hope fans will be patient with him. Lattimore is much bigger than Crowell and Auburn had a great offensive line last year for their freshman back. The Dawgs o-line has to be able to give this kid some opportunities, or it won’t matter how good he is.

wild one 13

April 17th, 2011
6:48 am

Good health and luck to this young man. Seems to be alot of pressure for any man to bear much less a 18 year old.

lanier

April 17th, 2011
6:53 am

Remember Pulpwood Smith

trupert

April 17th, 2011
7:56 am

Alot of hype, yes but Crowells in good hands. Mark Richt and co will prepare this kid and from what I’ve seen so far he can handel it. Ga loves a good tailback and tailback U is lacking one.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 17th, 2011
7:56 am

He will still have to earn and play his way onto the field this year. Lot’s of promise and plenty of hype, but it has to translate to performance on the field. I hope he is studying and working out. I assume it is alight under the NCAA volume of rules for him to have a UGA playbook since he has signed. Remember, UGA has men already on the team, that are RB’s and I think or at least hope, one of them will step up and not just give up the job to a true freshman. Competition will benefit all of them, if they take a mature attitude.

blord

April 17th, 2011
8:13 am

If Calhoun High School can shut him down i’m sure the SEC defenses can.

stan

April 17th, 2011
8:15 am

to much hype. let the kid hit he field first! Dang

GT

April 17th, 2011
8:19 am

Read about Latimore and you will see and hear about a very mature individual, humble and not seeking attention. Dwyer at Auburn took about the whole season to be the player his hype would lead us to believe he should be. During that season Dwyer was in the shadow of Newton, it kept him humble and hungry. What protects this child from whatever happens to talent when it goes to Georgia. From the looks of yesterday, nothing,

M.R.FAULT

April 17th, 2011
8:27 am

With the comments CMR has made about his dream team, you can tell he is very desperate to save his his job. Name one other coach that would disrespect his current players like he has done. You have a bunch of high school boys coming in to save your job, no you better worry about the other men that has been with you for a while. It is not their fault they have played for a someone that can’t coach them up. If CMR has outstanding talent he is ok but if he has to coach up players like he has done over the last three years he cant do it.

season1

April 17th, 2011
8:37 am

I think this class has the potential to be as good of class as CMR has ever had “but” I also think CMR is using the term “dream team” to tell the other players there is someone coming in to take your job to motivate them. Look at Gathers for example. This is a make or break year for CMR.

Destin Dawg

April 17th, 2011
8:37 am

M.R.FAULT…. all the top programs have competition from new recruits…. Play ‘em all .. Play’em early… I hope Crowell motivates Ealey to play up to his potential… Junk Yard Dawgs are back with Todd Grantham…. Win the 1st two… it’ll be an awesome year … Go dawgs !!!!

East Repeat

April 17th, 2011
8:56 am

Lightning will not strike twice, no way Crowell is the individual and player Lattimore is. Lattimore is humble, Crowell may be humble now, but UGA fans will blow so much smoke up his butt to inflate his head. Been 25 yrs since my first SC/UGA game in person (Harold Green fumbled) and UGA won the game they way they made famous, scoreboard only (thats what counts). UGA fans, Marcuss Lattimore is running and running hard towards Athens, so lookout. CSS will be looking to ream CMR and UGA a new one with his running back. Crowell is smaller and NEVER carried the ball in high school as much as Lattimore did, so no doubt durabilbity is a question. SC fans are very excited to have maybe the best player in college football on their team. I never thought I would see it, but time for Gamecocks to dominate UGA.

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

April 17th, 2011
8:59 am

This dude will be a beast, can’t wait till he runs through Boise defense, then smacks Spurriers ass…………

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

April 17th, 2011
9:02 am

East Retreat had his little fun in the sun last year. Lattimore stayed hurt, Garcia stayed drunk, let’s see if you like paying pompous Steve the big bucks now…..

Watch(mark my word) he will take the monet and run….

BYE,BYE.

East Repeat

April 17th, 2011
9:14 am

Boogies- How did poor injured Lattimore make all-SEC if he “stayed hurt” all year? Lattimore did get tired of running all those long distances against UGA. Should be the same this year. He is training for a “marathon” against UGA. Spurrier will leave USC for his reitrement, not another program, Booger. He loves it at USC because he is able to play the foil for UGA and jam a stick in UGA’s eye. If CSS wins SEC this year, he will retire, i think.

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

April 17th, 2011
9:26 am

East Retreat…

What kind of dope are you.
Georgia has owned the Lamecocks since the beginng of time. You people think that is going to change? I hope Garcia comes back and he will be a distraction to SS as long as he is a part of your bunch. In Columbia, you are what you are and ALWAYS will be.

You need to worry about Clemson , like in years past. You know the old saying in S.C……………..

“Long as we beat Clemson, nothing else matters”…….

REMEMBER THOSE YEARS,SON ???

They will return, sooner than later………….

C-Town

April 17th, 2011
9:45 am

Blord;

How did Calhoun stop Crowell??? The Refs were the only one to stop him that night…….Crowell had 95 yard 1 TD -with 1-60 yard TD called back for a Home-Cooking call. He will play a big role in the GA Dome vs Boise st

D-nice

April 17th, 2011
9:46 am

Why are CockerDoodles even in this conversation. I will not even waste our time for a 2nd fiddle SEC East team. Looking forward to the battles with the Old Dog down in Gainesville. As far as Isiah I wish him well but please dont sleep on Washaun because if he can stay out of trouble he still is the most talented back on our team with Richard Samuel a close second (yes I know he is on defense but dude has size, speed, and vision). If Isiah gets redshirted it wouldnt be a bad thing because that would mean Washaun is probably beasting and Malcome backing him up. I thnk Ealey will depart next year for the draft and this year he will run for about 1600 yards. You heard it here first.

51WTGW50

April 17th, 2011
9:50 am

Not many Dawg fans care about STAFFORD. Stafford took the money and ran. Dawgs felt jilted by Fat Matt money bags Stafford having to play Cox instead of winning the SEC Championship. Matt it is best you stay away from Athens unless you are bringing a HUGE check with you.

Snoop Dawg

April 17th, 2011
9:57 am

Dreadlocks, huh? No good. Sign of narcissism.

East Repeat

April 17th, 2011
10:05 am

Boogie- The worm has turned. See you in September. Who do you think will have a new coach first, SC or UGA? Now, lets be honest. Say it, say it. CMR is toast and if AD McGarrity has any stones CMR will be gone after 0-2. More likely, CMR stays through another disastrous season and resigns in November. The truth hurts, and most honest Dawg fans would admit it. Gamecocks have more juice than UGA, that alone should get CMR fired.

Sir Barks A Lot

April 17th, 2011
10:05 am

Having Crowell helps create much needed competition and gives a positive buzz for the Georgia Program.

However – if UGA is going to be successfull – the REAL KEYS are:
– Improved O-LINE play
– Improved DEFENSE

I think the DEFENSE is improving – and it remains to be seen if the O-LINE can step up their game.

WOOF!

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

April 17th, 2011
10:10 am

East Retreat ======

Keep drinking the garnet kool-aid,son…..

CMR will restore the DAWG program, Steve Spermier will be the first to go………

East Repeat

April 17th, 2011
10:10 am

2nd tier SEC team. Damn son, look in the mirror. The Cock-A-Doodles are in this because they have more juice. UGA is relevant only to UGA die hards. Party is over, and Fla even hired a new young coach to contunue beat down of UGA. UGA should have done the smart thing and fired CMR last year. Now they will suffer through this year. FORD tough.

East Repeat

April 17th, 2011
10:11 am

Yes, boogies, after an SEC crown and not before.

Daniel Davis

April 17th, 2011
10:14 am

@Lanier Who could forget pulpwood?!? Sets all sorts of records and then blows his scholarship. Something tells me Crowell won’t have many problems with purse snatching though…..

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

April 17th, 2011
10:16 am

D-Nice………………

You’re right, not to waste time with a D-ASS………………

Tossed Salad

April 17th, 2011
10:35 am

You take out the hype, you take the fun out of college football. The anticipation of him actually living up to the hype is what makes the sport great. The more hype surrounding kids who’ve never played a down for us, the better, as far as I’m concerned. Means Richt is doing his job in the offseason.

Paddy

April 17th, 2011
10:38 am

C-Town…..don’t ever blame the officials. It always sounds like a primary school kid making excuses. The” ref’s cheated us” argument never stands up!

SLCDawg

April 17th, 2011
10:43 am

this seems like a big set up for a big let down

SLCDawg

April 17th, 2011
10:45 am

i hope i’m wrong

SLCDawg

April 17th, 2011
10:50 am

anybody who thinks that carolina game won’t be a war is kidding themselves. sc is going to be tough this year.

May be a Long Long Season

April 17th, 2011
11:06 am

After sitting through the average to below average performance( which we all knew was going to be a bland -no peeking- pre-determined) scrimmage. Then seeing this onlsaught of people around this kid begging for his signature, I am going on record to say, there is no way he lives up to the hype.

Folks, like it or not, we have a long long way to go and our overall strength is better, but not in the same league as some of the teams we will line up agianst. I hope we improve over the summer and I am sure we will.

Murray is a good quarterback, Mason and LeMay are not ready for prime time players, and the Defense has some minor holes to feel, the DL played well and the OL did play as a unit, but with the teams split up it was hard to get a good idea of what we will look like.

We do have some talent, but our depth is suspect.

Crowell is being put on a pedestal and that pedestal is going to go to his head.

NoGaGator

April 17th, 2011
11:25 am

I hope all this hype is not just feeding the entitled beast. Crowell’s already had a few flags thrown his way for personal fouls in HS due to his attitude. He didn’t look very good at all in his HS All-Star game – not even close to Dee Hart.

This is exactly the same type of hype that surrounded Caleb King upon his arrival at UGA. How’d that turn out?

Better hope preacher man can help adjust his attitude or else preacher man is dead coach walking.

Danny

April 17th, 2011
11:27 am

Michael,

You ain’t seen nothing yet. Wait until you see this guy run against Boise St & South Carolina. Every camera from New York to Seattle will be following this story. Crowell’s going to electrify the football world. He’s got it. Prepare ot be amazed.

East Repeat

April 17th, 2011
11:30 am

Finally, a dawg fan tells it likes he sees it. Long Long season it setting it straight. Crowell will most likely fall off his pedestal. It has to be embarrassing to the current Dawg players to see him get so much attention. Players are human too, and I am sure IC will get nothing given to him by other players/competitors in practice. If he doesn’t help UGA big time in the first game, pedestal will be gone, just like CMR.

Richt's Butt Cut

April 17th, 2011
11:38 am

Hope he lives up to the hype….I just keep getting flashbacks of the last “Great One” from Columbus….What’s ole Jasper up to these days?

SEC1

April 17th, 2011
12:15 pm

This is part of the problem – fans creating such hype for a kid who, as you said, has never played a down in college football, much less SEC football!

I hope he does not follow in the footsteps of King, Eayey and Sanks…

Crowell: stay grounded, focus and play hard!

East Repeat

April 17th, 2011
12:16 pm

Danny- Electrify the football world, at least you are not overhyping! Oh, my, how easily the UGA fans forget. All UGA tailbacks get the “next one” hype- Ealey, King, etc… And when you get a great one (Knowshon) he is redshirted. I guess if IC is redshirted I will know he is great.

7576DAWG

April 17th, 2011
12:16 pm

What will determine if our running backs are successful in 2011:
1- Offensive line play
2- Can the running back react fast enough when a crease is opened by the offensive line. None of our running backs are going to just run over you , so the question is do they have vision this year?

51WTGW50

April 17th, 2011
12:18 pm

I haven’t heard much about Ben Jones. I guess since he wasn’t willing to try to cripple his own players he got his butt handed to him by Gathers. I guess we know why Ben attacked Fairley. Nick did to Ben what Gathers, but again Gathers plays for the dawgs so Ben had to play CLEAN I guess. Russ looked good.

dawgster

April 17th, 2011
12:21 pm

Really amazing at all the childest and classless comments by many on here who have no clue about the game of football..You come on here and bash a young man that hasn’t even played a game between the hedges and yet you have the nerve to sit behind your computer in your protected world cause you don’t have the “guts” to say anything to the face of this young man or to our coaches, much less do you have the nerve to put on helmet go through what these young men go thru to play Div 1 ball…but hey keep on typing on your little computer and run your mouth regarding young kids 18-19 years old..then go look in a mirror and be proud of yourself…what a sad world you must live in….

51WTGW50

April 17th, 2011
12:23 pm

Crowell can’t Redshirt or Richt will get canned. Richt is going to try everything to save his job. Name 1 UGA head coach in the last 40 years that got a coaching job after UGA. Richt is fighting for his life to ever be a Head Football ever again at a Major College. Hell, Bobo is fighting to not be the next janitor a Clarke Central.

McDawg

April 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

i actually hope the kid redshirts