Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Maybe the most important member of the Georgia "Dream Team" has officially joined up, as running back Isaiah Crowell has announced -- while holding a live bulldog puppy -- that he will be a Bulldog.
Why the most important? Because with all due respect to Washaun Ealey and Caleb King, Georgia showed a desperate need this past season for an explosive, game-changing tailback to take the pressure off of Aaron Murray and the Dawg passing game, and Crowell has the potential to be that tailback. True freshmen like Marcus Lattimore, Michael Dyer, and Trent Richardson have all made substantial impacts at running back in the SEC in recent years, and Crowell -- the No. 55 player in the country according to Tom Lemming -- has the opportunity to follow in their footsteps.
The Columbus-based Crowell completes a massive in-state sweep for Georgia, adding him to a collection that already includes five-star defensive end Ray Drew, blue-chip receiver Malcolm Mitchell, and dynamic tight end Jay Rome. Most of those recruiting wins came at the expense of Alabama and Nick Saban --showing how much determination Mark Richt and his staff showed down the stretch on the recruiting trail.
And thanks to players like Crowell, this "Dream Team" class -- now seventh and climbing in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings -- should reward that effort with immediate dividends.
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