June 29, 2012

Top RB targets respond

As the top programs in the country are trying to bring in the top high school talent, the smallest events can set of a chain reaction.

In the case of the Friday morning arrest of Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell on felony weapon charges, the event isn't small but still has the ability to make some dominos start falling in regards to the Bulldogs' recruitment of running backs in the 2013 class.

Two of the top running back targets left on UGA's board at this time are Derrick Henry (Yulee; Yulee, Fla.) and Alvin Kamara (Norcross).

Both are running backs being pursued by other big time programs, and both were staring at a depth chart at UGA that included Ken Malcome, Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, and Crowell before Friday morning.

Assuming for a second that Crowell, who was the Bulldogs' leading rusher in 2011 but had also spent a great deal of time in Mark Richts doghouse, won't be on the team after these felony charges, the big question is whether or not this helps or hurts Georgia's chances with its remaining targets.

According to Henry, who is a former UGA commit and current target, Crowell's arrest doesn't change a thing.

"No, It doesn't change anything," said Henry. "I'm just going to pray for him."

While the arrest and possible dismissal may not have an affect on Henry, Kamara, who will be visiting Clemson this weekend and will be releasing a top five soon, has a completely different take on the situation.

"It helps them (Georgia) I think," said Kamara. "What one person does is on them. I don't let that effect me. I just have to be able to make right decisions for myself."

It is important to note that no final decision has been handed down in regards to the embattled Georgia running back, and there are multiple actions that can be taken.

Regardless of what happens, however, Georgia will likely have more motivation and place even more of an emphasis on bringing in at least one and maybe two top running backs for 2013.

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