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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