Georgia Recruiting: Bulldogs pick up surprise RB flip from Georgia Southern


Georgia recruiting didn’t take long to recover from the loss of a running back commit, as former Georgia Southern commit Tae Crowder has been plugged in to fill that hole.

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Georgia lost a JUCO running back commit when Chris Carson announced he had flipped to Oklahoma State on Monday.

Panic time? Not a chance.

Lose a commit? Mark Richt just picks up the phone and makes a call. In this case, it was to Harris County High School running back and Georgia Southern commit, Tae Crowder. Within hours, Crowder was offered a scholarship and flipped his commitment to the Bulldogs.

For what it’s worth, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Michael Carvell saw this one coming.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Crowder told the AJC. “I swear I did not know this was coming. It was truly unexpected. But it didn’t take me long at all to think about it.”

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Crowder is a 3-star prospect (up from 2-star in just one day), but has a lot of upside. According to some, he’s been described by 247 Sports as a “poor man’s Todd Gurley”.

"“He’s a poor man’s Todd Gurley. He excels between the tackles, but can be an H-Back also. Really, he’s an all-around athlete. UGA can split him out wide, too. He’s a hidden gem. He’s another guy that big schools didn’t do their homework on.”"

The interesting thing about his commitment is that although he’s a self-professed lifelong Georgia fan, he’s never been to the UGA campus. That will all change on National Signing Day when he comes for an official visit after signing his letter of intent.

Kudos to the Georgia staff for moving quickly to make sure Georgia had a running back joining this year’s recruiting class. It will be interesting to see if Crowder’s rating increases even more in just a 2-day period after committing to Georgia.

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