Georgia Football: What's the Next Move for Isaiah Crowell?
It’s been a couple of days since Isaiah Crowell has been dismissed by the Georgia Bulldogs due to felony arrest for gun possession. There’s no need to bash or defend the running back from Columbus, GA, because he's no longer a Bulldog, and he, along with the Bulldogs, have to move on.
The question now is what happens next for Crowell?
The most logical move is making sure he doesn’t see jail time, which is a possibility since the crime he is alleged to have committed is a felony, and he could see up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
If he’s found not guilty and can go on with his life, what will happen with his football career?
Crowell had many issues on and off the field last year, but he did rush for 850 yards in basically part-time duty and was awarded SEC Freshman of the Year by the Associated Press. So there will be schools that will be after Crowell if he's able to put the past behind him.
The most logical move is to go to an FCS school because he will be able to play right away. Crowell could go the Washaun Ealey route and go to Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks have been a consistent winner under head coach Jack Crowe, and Crowell should be able to fit in the multiple offense they like to run.
Crowell could also stay closer to home and transfer to Georgia Southern who reached the NCAA FCS semifinals the last two years. The option offense the Eagles run would fit Crowell because the offense is based on speed which is something Crowell definitely has.
This is assuming he wants to play right away, but if he doesn’t want to play at an FCS school, there are plenty of FBS options.
Which school will land Crowell?
The first choice for Crowell would have to be the school he didn’t choose on signing day, which was Alabama. Nick Saban and company were going after Crowell hard. The question now is do they still want him?
Saban is guy who won’t give second or third chances, and if Crowell screws up under his watch, Crowell will be shown the door, and Saban along with the Tide nation won’t blink.
Another possibility for Crowell is getting out of the Southeast and going to a place that's a big-name school but doesn’t face the same amount of pressure as a SEC program.
Southern California is the first school that comes to mind. The Trojans are the top school on the West Coast, and the fans are not as intense as fans in the southeast.
If Crowell goes there and succeeds, he would be a main attraction, but he would not be the main attraction, which would be a good thing for him. Oregon, UCLA and Arizona are other options, but I think USC would be the more logical choice.
There's also the chance that Crowell could not play football again. If there isn’t a team willing to take him, then he will have to focus on being a better person and get his college degree. Because at the end of the day, Crowell is human, and he made a terrible mistake.
Georgia fans may be happy he's no longer a Bulldog, but just like any person who needs help, he could use all the support he can get.
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