Less than a week after being dismissed by the Georgia Bulldogs, sophomore running back Isaiah Crowell has chosen Alabama State as his next destination.
Crowell has enrolled at the school and will be eligible to play in 2012 because Alabama State is an FCS-level program.
"We actively researched Isaiah both as a person as well as an athlete," Alabama State head coach Reggie Barlow said. "We are aware of his current issues, but also believe in helping young people. We believe that Isaiah has learned from his circumstances and that he will be a quality student-athlete at Alabama State."
The Hornets averaged just 3.2 yards per carry in 2011, and their leading returning rusher in the backfield, Quendarius McKibben, managed just 3.0 yards on 87 carries, so the opportunity for immediate playing time appears to be there.
Crowell, the No. 3-rated running back for the 2015 class by NFLDraftScout.com, was arrested early the morning of June 29 in Athens, Ga. and faces charges of possession of a concealed weapon, carrying a weapon in a school zone and possession of an altered ID. The latter two charges are felonies in Georgia.
The most serious charge involves the school safety zone. The felony is punishable by "not less than two nor more than ten years," according to the county website. If convicted, Crowell could also be fined up to $10,000 on that charge. The altered ID charge could carry a sentence between on and five years.
''We have a dedicated and committed group of men who are working hard to prepare for the coming season,'' Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt said in announcing Crowell's dismissal from the team. ''Our total focus will be directed toward the team and this effort.''
Crowell was the SEC freshman of the year in 2011 with 850 rushing yards and was listed atop the Bulldogs' depth chart at running back as a co-starter with Ken Malcome. He was the prized member of Richt's 2011 signing class and showed great potential as a true freshman, although various injuries slowed him toward the end of last season (Crowell said an MRI revealed he played with torn ligaments in his left ankle last season that did not require surgery).