June 13, 2009

Crowell gets more than he bargained for

Carver-Columbus running back Isiah Crowell came to Athens for the annual Mark Richt Camp not knowing quite what to expect.

He got more than he bargained for.

Instead of camp with just a few recruits tossing the ball around for coaches to see, the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder discovered a highly-professional, high-energy, well-orchestrated outing designed to help players get the most of their own individual games. And oh yeah, Georgia wasn't bad, either.

"It was more than I expected going up there," Crowell told UGASports. "I thought it was going to just be a little camp. I didn't know it was going to be that big. It was huge."

It was also the first time that Crowell had set foot on the Georgia campus. It won't be the last.

"I liked it really well," Crowell said. "It was the first time here but I'm going to have to come and check it out some more."

During his trip, not only did Crowell meet with a number of the Bulldog coaches, he met with several players including fellow Columbus native Bruce Figgins, along with A.J. Green and Caleb King.

Crowell also said he hit it off well with running backs coach Brian McClendon.

"He's cool, I like him," Crowell said. "I like him. Me and him and already kinda tight."

Crowell said he also enjoyed his conversation with head coach Mark Richt.

"We really just talked about grades, keeping my head on straight; things like that," Crowell said. "We didn't really talk too much football."

With 17 verbal offers to date, Crowell is already being projected not only as one of the state's but also one of the country's most recruited players for 2011.

Among his offers are ones from Florida, Texas, Tennessee and Southern Cal.

"I'm just trying to stay humble," said Crowell. "I know I've still got to work to get a lot better than I was my sophomore year."

Although Crowell said he's nowhere near narrowing his list of schools, he said Georgia's coaches made a great impression. Ultimately, it's his relationship with the coaches which Crowell said will determine his future school.

How did Georgia's do?

"They all did well," Crowell said. "I like their coaches a lot so far. Everybody was pretty cool and I look forward to talking with them again."

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