Georgia Bulldogs: Tyrone Crowder

#UAGame practice: Day 1 notebook 

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -– Team Nitro and Team Highlight took to the fields at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports on Monday for Day 1 of practice for Friday’s Under Armour All-America Game (5 p.m. ET, ESPN). Two powerhouse programs in the Southeastern Conference look to battle it out for one of the standout running backs, and one of the top uncommitted offensive linemen is out with an injury.

Tide and Dawgs at top for RB Kamara

The Under Armour All-America Game boasts a bevy of talented running backs, and after the first practice ESPN 150 prospect Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) drew comparisons to one of the best.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comESPN 150 RB Alvin Kamara says Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon have been key to his recruiting process.
“They say I play like Percy Harvin,” Kamara said.

The 5-foot-10, 192-pound tailback has made a name for himself as a home-run threat out of the backfield or lined up in the slot, which makes it no surprise that programs across the country are pining for his commitment. Two from the SEC are in the lead.

“Alabama and Georgia are the front-runners, but I am still looking at Oregon -- and Tennessee too, with Butch Jones being there now,” Kamara said.

The nation's No. 4 running back has yet to set any official visits, but plans to do so after he gets home from the UA Game. A decision will likely come after his visits.

“This is not going to be a busy month so much as it is just something I need to buckle down and do,” Kamara said. “I am going to take these visits and base my decision off of that.”

One factor in his decision will be the relationship he has with the coaches recruiting him. The Tide could have a slight advantage because they made first contact with Kamara.

“Kirby Smart and I are really close,” Kamara said. “He was the first coach to ever talk to me. He snuck me his card after practice and I could not believe it. For a coach of his stature to be the first coach to talk to me is great. We have been in contact ever since, and we have a great relationship.”

Georgia might counter that with their running backs coach being Kamara’s recruiter of record.

“Coach [Bryan] McClendon and I have a great relationship too,” Kamara said. “With him being my position coach, I could see myself playing for him. We are on a friend level and we do not even talk about football most of the time.”

The in-state Bulldogs also have a few people in Kamara’s ear this week, though he admits they have been putting the pressure on him for quite some time.

“Even when we are not in a big event like this, guys like Shaq Wiggins, Brice Ramsey, even Reuben [Foster], even though he is not committed, are always asking where I am going,” Kamara said. “They are joking, but they are on me pretty hard sometimes.”

Newsworthy: OL Crowder deals with injury, sets officials

ESPN 150 offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond) will be unable to play in Friday's UA Game after aggravating a hand injury he sustained a few weeks ago at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. While he is disappointed, Crowder said today he is looking forward to the home stretch of his recruitment and choosing from one of two programs.

“It is Clemson No. 1 and Georgia No. 2, and I will decide on signing day,” said Crowder, ranked the No. 2 OG in the country.

The Tigers have been after the 6-foot-1, 330-pound offensive lineman for more than three years now, and they have location and familiarity working in their favor.

“Clemson has been recruiting me since I was in ninth grade,” Crowder said. “I like what they have going on and I have built a strong relationship with them. It is close to home and I have some family close to Clemson. I will take my official there Jan. 11.”

Crowder has not been to Athens for six months, but he has fond memories of his visit.

“Georgia is a great powerhouse team in the SEC,” Crowder said. “When I went down there during the summer I really liked the campus and enjoyed meeting the coaches. I spoke to them two weeks ago and set an official visit Jan. 18.”

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Tyrone Crowder down to two 

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Heading into the Shrine Bowl, the highest-ranked uncommitted prospect is Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond Senior), and the four-star offensive guard prospect made waves by cutting his list of finalists from three down to two.

"I eliminated North Carolina from my final choices and right now Clemson and Georgia are my final two," said Crowder. "Clemson and Georgia have been recruiting me since my freshman year and we kinda built up that bond and relationship longer than UNC."

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UGA's top five remaining offensive targets 

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With verbal commitments from 27 prospects, spots are filling up fast at the University of Georgia. In this feature, DawgNation takes a look at top five remaining offensive targets on the board for the Bulldogs.

OT Laremy Tunsil -- Lake City, Fla./Columbia

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DawgNation Q&A 

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I asked for questions on The Pound, DawgNation’s message board, and our readers had quite a few. This week I was asked to make a lot of predictions, projections and prognostications.

DantesInferno60: Do you think Georgia will continue to recruit Steven Nelson (Warner Robins, Ga./College of the Sequoias)?

Radi Nabulsi: I doubt it. When the coaches originally got word that the talented cornerback might be wavering a few months ago, they called Nelson immediately. He continued to remain a commit until this week. When I spoke to him prior to his Oct. 6 official visit to Oregon State, he sounded much more excited about the Beavers than the Bulldogs. I think Georgia moves on from Nelson and continues to try and flip Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) from South Carolina. Also, juco defensive back Riyahd Jones (Columbus, Ga./Garden City Community College) is visiting Georgia on Saturday. He might get an offer in light of Nelson’s decommitment.

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Two lead for ESPN 150 Tyrone Crowder 

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ESPN 150 offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond) would love to be able to get his recruitment over with as soon as possible. But unfortunately, he has not been able to fit any of his official visits into his schedule during his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 325-pound senior acknowledged his decision might not be made until signing day, depending on how quickly he can get his visits done.

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Scott Drucker/IntersportTyrone Crowder says two teams have taken the lead in his recruitment.
The four-star prospect says two key factors stand out right now, with location not being one of them.

“A great coaching staff and a nice campus lifestyle,” Crowder said. “My family tells me that distance does not matter when it comes to me trying to achieve my goals.”

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Inside the DawgHouse: Sept. 28 

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DawgNation is here to take you Inside the DawgHouse -- a confidential look inside Georgia football recruiting for DawgNation subscribers only. As it will be every week, everything reported Inside the DawgHouse stays on The Pound forum. We are providing this information for our subscribers and hope that you help keep this information protected by keeping it here.

In this week's update:

  • Prospects flock to Athens
  • Spots filling up

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Top five uncommitted: North Carolina 

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More than 50 prospects in North Carolina signed with FBS programs in the 2012 class, and more than 60 already claim offers in the 2013 class. In this feature, RecruitingNation takes a look at the top five remaining uncommitted prospects in North Carolina.

Tyrone Crowder, OL, Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond, 6-foot-2, 325 pounds
No. 1 prospect in Nouth Carolina
Frontrunner: Clemson

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Four-star Tyrone Crowder sets finalists 

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Four-star offensive guard Tyrone Crowder has cut his long list of college considerations to four.

North Carolina, Stanford, Georgia and Clemson are the finalists for his services, the Richmond HS senior stated via text message to ESPN.

On the Tigers: "Clemson has a great program and Coach Caldwell is a fantastic coach."

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Notebook: Summer recruiting recap 

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While the summer months are considered downtime, the Georgia Bulldogs have continued their torrid recruiting pace this summer, picking up several commitments from prospects in several states. With the ability and, arguably, the dire need to bring in more than 30 signees for the 2013 class, the Bulldogs have been aggressive with offers. That has paid off with a group that already dwarfs that of the freshman class now on campus. As football season approaches, DawgNation takes a look back at the goings on and decisions made in the past few months, along with a look ahead at what to keep an eye on this fall.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comTampa, Fla., safety Paris Bostick was slated to announce his decision this summer, and still might. The Bulldogs are considered a favorite to earn his commitment.
Commitments piling up
As school let out across the country, prospects seemingly lined up to make their commitments known to the Bulldogs. ESPN 300 wide receiver Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler) committed to Georgia on June 1. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound wideout picked the Bulldogs over Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Ohio State, among others. Two days later, another ESPN 300 receiver secured a spot, as Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) verbally committed. The 6-foot, 162-pound four-star prospect is considered one of the top deep threats in the always-loaded Sunshine State. Less than a week later the Bulldogs picked up their top outside linebacker target, Naim Mustafaa (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta). It was a rare in-state battle for the 6-foot-4, 235-pound four-star, although SEC rival Tennessee continues its pursuit.

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OL Crowder is close to naming finalists 

August, 4, 2012
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A recent visit to North Carolina could land the Tar Heels on Tyrone Crowder's soon-to-be-announced list of finalists.

The center from Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond told ESPN on Friday that he is close to narrowing his list of schools. He said that announcement could come in the next couple of days or within a week.

“I can't say but they have a good chance,” the nation's 97th best overall prospect and second-best center said when asked if he expected North Carolina to make the cut.

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OL Tyrone Crowder likes UGA vibe 

July, 14, 2012
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Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond), the No. 1 prospect in North Carolina, was in Athens Friday, but not for Dawg Night. The 6-foot-2, 325-pound offensive lineman target left in the afternoon to travel to Auburn, but his time on campus left a good impression on Crowder.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comESPN 150 lineman Tyrone Crowder visited UGA on Friday and said he felt wanted in Athens.
“My visit to Georgia was awesome,” Crowder said. “I got to talk to Coach [Mark] Richt, visit around the campus, and check out the dorms and academic center.”

The Under Armour All-American spent a lot of time with the Bulldogs’ head coach, and he had glowing things to say about both Richt and offensive line coach Will Friend.

“Coach Richt is a great coach and a great person,” Crowder said. “He told pretty much his life story and things about UGA. I enjoyed it. Coach Friend is a great, down to earth, upfront type of guy.”

The No. 97 prospect in the country left Athens with little doubt that he is wanted ‘between the hedges.’


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Live from The Opening: TV schedule

July, 4, 2012
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Watch all the action live from The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., throughout the weekend with WatchESPN:

8 p.m. ET Friday: Day 1

8 p.m. Saturday: Day 2

8 p.m. Sunday: Day 3
Georgia fans will be tuning in to The Opening, the July 5-8 premier camp in Oregon, to catch several of the Bulldogs' commitments in action. The coaching staff in Athens has to be pleased to see seven Georgia commitments take the field, the second-largest number of commits for any school at the event.

Georgia will be well represented on offense, with four future Dawgs in Oregon.

Quarterback Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) and wide receiver Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) are close friends and have been working on their timing together during visits this summer. Wide receiver Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) will meet up with his future quarterback as well. Protecting Ramsey in the future will be a true grappler, offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow (Marietta, Ga./Walton).

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Video: Tyrone Crowder interview

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Georgia offers two from ESPNU Watch List 

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The Georgia football coaches have kept quite busy lately sending out offers and setting up visits for top targets. Thursday was more of the same, as the Bulldogs offered two more out-of-state prospects. Coach Mark Richt has always placed a priority on in-state talent, but he has also been known to go after exceptional players from across the nation. The two latest offers, both to members of the ESPNU 150 Watch List, are no exception.

“They offered today,” said linebacker Alexander Anzalone (Exeter, Pa./Wyoming Area) “It went really well. I talked to Coach [Kirk] Olivadotti and he was just saying how he loves my athleticism and he thinks I would be a great fit at Georgia at linebacker.”

Exeter is just more than 13 hours away from Athens, but Anzalone said distance doesn’t matter.

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