High school notes: Carver linebacker Quintavius Harrow commits to Georgia

ESPN to televise Carver’s signing ceremony, including elite recruits Isaiah Crowell, Gabe Wright

cwhite@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 20, 2011 

Carver senior linebacker Quintavius Harrow gave his verbal commitment to Georgia on Wednesday and plans to sign with the Bulldogs on Feb. 2, national signing day.

“I liked the way they run their academics, I liked their workout facilities, and the coaches showed me a lot of love,” Harrow said of Georgia. “Everything about Georgia I just love. The fans are crazy up there. It just looked like a lot of fun.”

Georgia coaches were at Carver on Tuesday, and Harrow (6-foot, 180 pounds) will be taking an official visit to Georgia this weekend. He said he hopes to discuss several things with coaches there, including at which position the Bulldogs intend to use him.

“I’m just going to meet more players and talk with the coaches,” Harrow said of the visit. “I just want to have fun.”

Georgia’s big target is Carver running back Isaiah Crowell, who is a close friend of Harrow’s. The pair took an official visit to Alabama last weekend and will go to Georgia together this weekend. Crowell has an official visit to Auburn planned for the following weekend and is expected to announce his college decision on national signing day, which will be broadcast live by ESPN from Carver.

Harrow said Georgia coaches assured him his offer was not tied to Crowell signing with the Bulldogs.

ESPN to televise Carver signing ceremony

Crowell and Carver teammate Gabe Wright, a defensive lineman, will get a national audience when they announce their which colleges they will sign with.

ESPN will be at the school Feb. 2, national signing day, to broadcast live the team’s signing ceremony, Carver coach Dell McGee confirmed Wednesday.

Crowell’s and Wright’s announcements will be the main draw, but McGee said Carver’s other signees are expected to get some camera time, too.

Commitment reports not accurate, McGee says

Reports about a pair of Carver football players’ college commitments made the rounds online Wednesday, yet McGee said the information concerning linebacker Mike Davis committing to Memphis and defensive back Riyahd Jones de-committing from Kentucky was not wholly accurate.

Davis said he plans to commit to Memphis soon, according to a story published this week in the Demopolis (Ala.) Times. McGee confirmed Davis is interested in Memphis and met with defensive coordinator Jay Hopson on Wednesday but that reports saying Davis had committed to Memphis on Wednesday were premature.

Word began circulating online Wednesday morning that Jones had dropped his verbal commitment to Kentucky, which he made in June. McGee confirmed Jones is “keeping his options open” and will look at several other schools, yet the coach said Jones also had not yet spoken with Kentucky coach Joker Phillips to make anything official.

Jones now is considering Central Florida, UAB, Georgia Southern and Massachusetts, according to recruiting site rivals.com.

Former Tech, NFL player Burns to host free seminar

Former Georgia Tech and NFL player Joe Burns will host a free college recruiting seminar at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Carver with the focus on the need for athletes to take the lead in the recruiting process.

“I try to encourage student athletes and their families to be more crafty,” Burns said. “They expect a college to come to their door and just hand them a scholarship. I talk to them about being proactive, reaching out to colleges, making phone calls and taking visits to build relationships.

“There are a lot of college coaches who would love a kid if they just knew who he or she is, so the problem is getting them to find out about them.”

The event is open to male and female athletes in any sport and will be at Carver’s temporary location, Baker Middle School, 1215 Benning Drive.

Burns’ lecture is presented by the National Collegiate Scouting Association, a networking service for college coaches and potential college athletes.

Burns said he nearly fell victim to complacency coming out of high school. His Thomas County Central teams had won a string of state tiles and were stocked with talented athletes, yet only eight of his teammates signed college scholarships.

“We just expected colleges to hand us scholarships because we were good athletes and on a good team,” Burns said. “But we didn’t know that there were other athletes who weren’t as good or weren’t on good teams getting those scholarships because they knew how to reach out to colleges.”

Admission to the seminar is free, but athletes from schools other than Carver are asked to call Tiffany Menzione at 312-624-7473 to inquire about attendance.

Chris White, 706-571-8571

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