'Bama makes a move with Crowell

Isaiah Crowell, the 6-foot, 210-pound five-star running back from Carver High School in Columbus, Ga., already has around 40 scholarship offers, with more to come.

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"I'm going to take things slow because I think more schools are gonna be offering me and I want to take as many visits and learn as much as I can about all of them," Crowell told Scout.com in a recent interview.

Crowell, ranked as the No. 4 running back in the country by Scout.com, says he now favors Alabama slightly over Florida State, Georgia and Clemson. All have offered as well as LSU, Duke, USC, Tennessee, Auburn, Oklahoma State and many others.

"I like Alabama because I'm real comfortable with the coaches there and like the players too," he said about the Tide. "I've got a good relationship with them.

"I love how they run the ball," he said. "They really showcase the back. I also like coach Nick Saban and his whole staff."

So what is it about coach Saban that Crowell likes?

"He's real serious," he said. "He's a serious guy who loves football and is super smart."

Growing up, Crowell says he followed Georgia.

"I just liked them," he said. "I don't really know why, but they were my favorite."

He has attended the Dawgs Junior Day too. In fact, Crowell has attended junior days of all his favorites, plus Southern Miss and Auburn's too.

The first school to offer him was Clemson.

"I had a good time there," he said. "I like their offense a lot. I got along with the players and they just told me to keep my head on straight. They seemed like good guys.

"I also like the coaches at Florida State a lot too," Crowell said. "Coach (Jimbo) Fisher is great and he seems cool. They are a big-time program and they will get better."

Although Crowell says he has a top four, he also says he's still considering other schools. One program that has piqued his interest is USC.

"I've never been to California and I'd like to go," he said. "I could definitely see myself going away. I don't have to stay close. Distance doesn't matter. That's not a problem for me."

Crowell's former teammate, Jarvis Jones, is a freshman linebacker for USC.

"He hasn't really talked to me about USC or anything," he said. "But he told me to come check them out and I think I will."

The Trojans new head coach Lane Kiffin was of course, previously at Tennessee and Crowell says that the new Vols coaches have offered him as well.

"But I haven't really talked with them yet," he said. "I need to get to know them better (the Tennessee staff)."

With as many options as Crowell has, it's no surprise that he plans on taking his time.

"I'll probably wait all the way until signing day," he said. "I'll be one of those guys who announces then. There's no need to rush."

Crowell says he plans on taking all five of his official visits before making a decision as well.

"I really want to make sure I get along with the coaches and the players," he said. "I want to see how they interact during practice, during a game and even outside of football."

Crowell finished his junior season with over 1,900 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns.

"I have great power and speed," he said. "I can explode off the ball and have great vision. I can do a lot of the little things too. I think I'm a very balanced back."

He says he can bench 315-pounds and squat 455.

"I want to get faster and stronger," he said. "I want to make it harder for defenders to catch me and bring me down."

Crowell reports a 2.5 core and 19 ACT, which he plans on retaking in April.

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