Until somebody else commits (which could be any minute based on how this week is going), we’re going to play “Armchair Quarterback” with college football recruiting.
Here’s the question: Should UGA have recruited another RB to go along with Isaiah Crowell in this past year’s “Dream Team” recruiting class?
Of course, Georgia’s ever-thinning depth at RB is a big topic of conversation. In the span of a week, a linebacker was moved to tailback and then promoted to No. 1 on the depth chart heading into the preseason, according to the AJC’s Chip Towers. (Yes, we know the No. 1 is Richard Samuel, who has the most experience on the team at RB. But still …)
That all leads us back to Crowell, who was No. 1-rated RB in the nation and held up a puppy on National Signing Day after picking UGA over Alabama. He’s been called “the next Marcus Lattimore” so many times that UGA officials are trying to fit it on the back of his jersey.
If you worried about UGA’s RB depth now, think about if Crowell had put on an Alabama baseball cap that fateful day? The AJC’s Chip Towers addressed the possibility here. I’ll sum it up for you: Recruiting Crowell was the ultimate gamble of the “Dream Team.” UGA recruited Crowell and pretty much no one else at the position. There was no backup plan. That’s how confident UGA was about the situation. But pretty scary when you’re dealing with teenagers that can sometimes be unpredictable.
Back to the “Armchair Quarterback” question: Should UGA have recruited another RB to go along with Crowell?
Looking back now, especially after the abrupt departures of Caleb King and Washuan Ealey, the obvious answer would be “yes.”
But I think “no.” I think UGA placing all of its bets on Crowell as the only RB they were really recruiting was a deciding factor for Crowell. For UGA, it was “high risk, high reward” recruiting at its finest. Well, that’s only if Crowell meets the lofty expectations. If he doesn’t, it may be painful watching Marcus Caffey and Josh Clemons at Kentucky.
What are your thoughts? Please post them below.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? firstname.lastname@example.org