The arrest of Isaiah Crowell sent shockwaves through the Bulldog Nation as reports from spring practice were that the SEC Freshman of the year for 2011 had matured into a more responsible player. Friday morning found Crowell sitting in the Athens-Clarke County jail, booked on two felonies and a misdemeanor, after being stopped by police who found a handgun in the car he was driving.
The news hit Twitter and #Crowell was instantly trending. Many of Crowell’s teammates, former Georgia lettermen and Bulldogs’ recruiting targets weighed in with their reactions.
ESPN 150 athlete Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee), who the Bulldogs are recruiting as a running back, told DawgNation he is praying for Crowell.
“I thought it was a sad situation and a tough one for him to be in,” Henry said. “It is sad that he was in a situation where he feels he has to carry something like that with him. The world doesn’t know what would cause him to be in a situation where he needs to have a firearm.”
Henry warned fans not to jump to conclusions.
“Either it was his or not his and guilty or not guilty,” Henry said. “All you can do is pray for him. I support him and I have been watching him ever since high school.”
Henry is preparing to go The Opening in Oregon next week. He had been committed to Georgia but decommitted two weeks ago. He is still considering the Bulldogs.
“I am going to decide in December after my senior season,” Henry said.
Another running back target for Georgia, running back Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), tweeted, "It's crazy how fast doors open up."
When reached by DawgNation, Kamara said he was surprised by the news.
"I was just shocked,” Kamara said. “I mean, I know there's somebody out there that's probably itching to be in the spot he's in. And I know people are bashing him right now."