How will Isaiah Crowell’s dismissal affect UGA’s chances with 5-star RB Derrick Henry?

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How will Isaiah Crowell’s dismissal affect UGA’s chances of signing Derrick Henry?

Henry is the 5-star RB who de-committed from UGA earlier this month after being pledged to the Bulldogs for nearly a year. He decided to re-open his recruitment because he felt like he rushed his decision but emphasized that he is still considering UGA.

On Friday, Henry was made aware of Crowell’s arrest on Twitter, and he responded by taking up for Crowell, saying:

“Pray for Crowell instead of bashing him. Because everyone wasn’t raised the same nor made .. So everyone should just pray he sees a better way.”

Later on Friday morning (before Crowell was dismissed), Henry was interviewed on Birmingham’s 97.3FM or SmashMouth Radio. Here are some of the highlights:

  • On hearing from UGA since Crowell’s charges: “I haven’t gotten any calls from UGA but fans on Twitter [let me know] what happened this morning, saying they need me back. That’s about it.”
  • On defending Crowell on Twitter: “Basically, I just said that everybody needs to pray for Crowell instead of bashing him because everybody wasn’t raised the same or made the same. And pray he sees a better way. That’s a real tough situation .. you can see by his tweets and what he tweets about [that] he had a tough childhood.”
    Ex-UGA recruit Derrick Henry showed a lot of class with his compassionate remarks towards Isaiah Crowell (247sports.com)

    Ex-UGA recruit Derrick Henry showed a lot of class with his compassionate remarks towards Isaiah Crowell (247sports.com)

  • On Crowell being charged with gun possession: “I don’t do that but everybody is different. Maybe he had a situation, so you never know what’s going on. The world is crazy nowadays. Nobody can really say until you talk to him, so I couldn’t really speak for him.”
  • Henry said his top schools are “Alabama, UGA, Tennessee and USC.”
  • Henry said the presence of other top running backs, including Keith Marshall at UGA and TJ Yeldon at Alabama, won’t factor into his college decision. “That won’t weigh [in] at all. That’s competition. Football is competition and that’s what I love. I’m a competitor and I love to compete. Competition is nothing that scares me away from anywhere.”
  • Henry said UGA’s Mark Richt and Tennessee’s Derek Dooley were the easiest coaches to talk to, while Alabama’s Nick Saban is not as easy. “[Saban] cracks jokes. At the same time, he’s always serious. I don’t ever laugh, even if he’s laughing or not … I’m not intimidated. I just respect what he’s done. I just try to listen to everything and try to be serious. It’s just respect out for him.”
  • Henry will definitely play running back in college.
  • Henry’s favorite colors are black and red.
  • Henry tentatively plans to announce in December, and will enroll early in college in January.

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Topper

June 29th, 2012
3:07 pm

Richt needs to give this kid a call and set up a meeting….

whatever

June 29th, 2012
3:08 pm

Taco Meat

June 29th, 2012
3:11 pm

Hope he gets back on board!

Georgia Fan

June 29th, 2012
3:11 pm

My fist just hit the table, i think i just broke my hand (On Crowell’s Arrest ). There are great backs in Metro Atlanta, and we don’t need Jabari Davis 2.

whatever

June 29th, 2012
3:12 pm

nevermind… ha. I feel like UGA has enough depth at the position to compete if the o-line is up for the challenge. Time for a gut check boys. As for the current backs they seem to be staying out of the news and hopefully that is going to be their m.o. BUT, Henry is a big strong kid and would definitely improve the situation in Athens.

chilidawg

June 29th, 2012
3:13 pm

Don’t really care. Let’s get Kamara and see what happens with Foster.

BLACK AND RED

June 29th, 2012
3:13 pm

BLACK AND RED, BLACK AND RED, BLACK AND RED!!!

Chi Town

June 29th, 2012
3:15 pm

Like I said, mutt fans…………………..respect, Saban.

Stiffneck

June 29th, 2012
3:18 pm

Seems this kid has his act together. CMR needs to go after this guy even harder. Crowell on the other hand just needs to go away.

RTR22

June 29th, 2012
3:18 pm

Dog fans are priceless….2 wks ago DH was useless and overrated, but now panic is setting in lol.
Jawja fb, the greatest underachievers in America.

36-25-1 Bama vs Jawja. Bama 22 SEC Titles, Pups 13 I believe.

NewWorldOrder

June 29th, 2012
3:19 pm

Georgia football team and it’s entire coaching staff is a joke.

CreekWolf

June 29th, 2012
3:19 pm

we like that his favorite colors are red and black.

Cdpridg

June 29th, 2012
3:23 pm

Yep RTR….think CMR needs to set up a visit to Henry and get him back into the Dawg fold…..tell us more about your thoughts on the situation

pj

June 29th, 2012
3:28 pm

Maybe the gun wasn’t his. Maybe he felt harassed and threatened and carried it because he was scared. Let’s just wait for all of it to unfold. As for Henry – would love to have him in Athens. Let’s hope CMR can close the deal here.

GStateBen

June 29th, 2012
3:34 pm

He would be a great addition to the Panther Nation.

GTBob

June 29th, 2012
3:38 pm

Yeah, go play RB for UGA. That has worked out well for so many others.

DawginLex

June 29th, 2012
3:42 pm

Sure has GTBOOB

Moreno
Smith
Ware
Lumpkin
Hearst
Hampton
Worley
Henderson
Tate
Walker

all of them dominated your pitiful jackettes

www

June 29th, 2012
3:43 pm

derrick henry seems to smart and level headed to fit in on campus in athens.

www

June 29th, 2012
3:44 pm

haha. “panther nation”? poor gstateben is delusional.

www

June 29th, 2012
3:48 pm

dwaginlex – don’t forget about isaiah crowell, washaun ealy, caleb king.

how have things been working out for rbs in athens lately?

i doubt henry wants to catch a felony while stuck living in athens, so i suspect he’s moving on to greener pastures.

Techster

June 29th, 2012
3:48 pm

It probably depends upon which other UGA running backs fall by the wayside over the next 6 months…

secbama

June 29th, 2012
3:48 pm

Henry is silent commit to Saban.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

June 29th, 2012
3:51 pm

UGA… really what can you say about the football program at this point. I heard the AD was so mad he planned to fire some more women’s coaches. It’s a good thing Jordan Jenkins parents know Athens is such a great and safe place for their son! I laugh.

UGA the greatest college football program in America from March until August…then you suck as ususal.

1980

Mark Richt

June 29th, 2012
3:52 pm

Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Derrick, Happy Birthday to you……hug hug hug

AugustaDawg

June 29th, 2012
3:58 pm

Obviously smarter than you www. It’s too smart not to smart. I guess slow people like yourself don’t know that. That’s why you go to Tech or Bama.

AugustaDawg

June 29th, 2012
4:00 pm

Athens, UGA nor Richt caused IC to carry a gun in his car. Sorry to hear about this for anyone. I hope that he gets his life straightened out.

mebeingme

June 29th, 2012
4:04 pm

Have you been locked in a car today MC? I really don’t see how you maintain your employment with these tuff questions.

RxDawg

June 29th, 2012
4:04 pm

“Henry’s favorite colors are black and red. ”

Well that settles that then doesn’t it?

DawginLex

June 29th, 2012
4:09 pm

but……but…….but………

Athens is such a cool town and REM came from here.

Michael Stype is the bomb!!!

Kirby Smart

June 29th, 2012
4:10 pm

i am telling him to go to georgia , but cops are tough there.

Really?

June 29th, 2012
4:11 pm

I can’t help but feel badly for IC despite the fact he is obviously a moron. All that talent and he could very well end up in prison instead of the nfl. At some point it would seem like his parents would have made him see the error of his ways but it’s obviious the guy has been allowed to run wild most of his life.

Chi Town

June 29th, 2012
4:14 pm

Always knew DawginLex was a Michael Stype fan.

Nate the Great

June 29th, 2012
4:14 pm

I am more interested in Alvin Kamara at this point. How does this affect the recruitment of him?

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

June 29th, 2012
4:16 pm

What is wrong with this picture…

a very talented defensive player recruit with a child is being given his 15 minutes of fame 24/7/365. The taxpayer picks up the tab for the welfare payment while another school pickups the tab for the new job for mommy and 100 colleges want his name on a football scholly. The we expect them to be in the amen corner and carry the American Flag on the 4th of July!! This sheet is out of hand and I don’t care which school you pull for. 6-8 more years of these thugs and college football is done. Get into to school and get them Pell Grants and if they’re parents if you can find them have depended on the gvt for welfare then the player gets almost 6k per year on you the taxpayer that doesn’t have to be repaid and then you get into the next level of Pell as well. Now you folks that your parents actually worked and had success then you are just sheet out of luck! Is this a great country or what. Sorry to have interrupted for the rant. Please continue to kiss the azz of these 17 year olds that will come and embarrass your schools.

Deacon Blues

June 29th, 2012
4:17 pm

With your schedule this year, Ray Goff could play tailback for the leg humpers!

A person SMART enough to know......

June 29th, 2012
4:17 pm

He said he don’t WANNA BE A CONVICT……………

Midland Dog

June 29th, 2012
4:30 pm

GT Bob- Stay Classy!

Chi Town

June 29th, 2012
4:34 pm

Puppy fans sure are quiet today.

Havent seen the blogs this quiet since the 08′ blackout.

#owned

MARK RICHT CANNOT BEAT THE TOP TEAMS

June 29th, 2012
4:39 pm

Good question. How does it affect the whole football team, Favorite player of Mark Richt. Turned the other cheek 4 times for Isaiah Crowell, to-date. And, this is prime recruiting season with linebackers / fullbacks all affected.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 29th, 2012
4:51 pm

When you ADOPT a MUTT from the POUND you have to Break the DWAG down and teach him WHO is in charge.

You break down a MUTT and build them back-up to be the MAN you want them t be…………..What is RICHT & Bobo’s problem with doing this SIMPLE FACT?

coachx

June 29th, 2012
4:52 pm

Derrick Henry would be a dream come true. Such a well spoken young man who seems matuer for his age.

We would love to have you Athens in RED & BLACK. Henry’s speed and power with Marshall’s speed and elusive sound like great 1-2 punch and both seem clean off the field.

Go DAWGS !

St. Richt

June 29th, 2012
4:53 pm

Yep, its summer again! Like clockwork.

DAWGFAN

June 29th, 2012
4:55 pm

Derrick Henry is a class act.

ryan

June 29th, 2012
5:01 pm

Crowell had been dismissed from the football team i agree with haters now UGA has big problem we don’t have any discipline Richt is to nice to these players we need marine corp drill instructor to run this team i am done defending this program .

smells of satan

June 29th, 2012
5:04 pm

What’s the big deal? In Alabama everyone owns a gun. It’s a right you know

pj

June 29th, 2012
5:05 pm

Let’s be honest with ourselves dawg fans. Henry was a year long commit, went to visit Bama and then immediately decommitted. Marshall and Gurley will be with us until the 2014 season at the least. We’re gonna be fine for awhile. Besides – after watching tape of him playing defense, it seems obvious that this young man is designed physically by the good lord to be an Outside Linebacker. Amazing instincts towards the ball.

ryan

June 29th, 2012
5:06 pm

I guess this helps us with Henry or Kamara but who would want to be apart this team if we keep having these problems .

GTBob

June 29th, 2012
5:08 pm

all of them dominated your pitiful jackettes

Really I think it is more of an accomplishment that those guys stayed on the team until late November then it is beating GT. Maybe you guys will get lucky one day and find another guy who wants to stick around.

ryan

June 29th, 2012
5:13 pm

I a have had it been UGA for long time this is straw that broke the camel’s back .

Mr. SEC

June 29th, 2012
5:14 pm

Send him packing, he has had his opportunities with UGA and screwed them up. Time to cut ties with his THUG life!