This is interesting, on several levels:
Georgia may soon be getting its next version of Isaiah McKenzie from the junior college ranks.
Ahkil Crumpton, a wide receiver out of Los Angeles Valley College, stands at 5-foot-8 and posts a 4.49 40-yard dash time. He has proven to be a weapon both on special teams and with the wide receiver corps. On Tuesday, Crumpton announced he plans to join the Georgia football program after receiving an offer over a month ago on June 5.
… Crumpton collected 690 kickoff return yards and three touchdowns in 2016 on 16 opportunities. The 43.1 yards-per-return average on kickoffs in culmination with the 314 punt return yards gives the Los Angeles-area specialist the top return mark in college football regardless of level, according to Clayborne.
Prior to landing in the junior college ranks, Crumpton, who attended West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, committed to Temple in 2015.
He’s got some skills, then, although I’m not sure what Georgia’s interest says about Smart’s confidence in his current options in the return game. (Then, again, if you’re all about competition making everyone better, the more, the merrier.)
The other intriguing part of the offer is what it says about Georgia’s roster plans. Note that the header to Butt’s story is posed as a question. Here’s why:
It is possible for Georgia to blueshirt Crumpton and use the scholarship toward the 2018 class, according to Los Angeles Valley College recruiting coordinator CJ Clayborne. The same practice was used on National Signing Day when East Mecklenburg (NC) place-kicker David Marvin announced he was accepting a scholarship to UGA.
“If Georgia doesn’t trip him, go out to see him or all of that jazz, they can blueshirt him as soon as he gets on campus,” Clayborne said. “They can send that scholarship over to the next class. It’s a common practice.”
Clayborne said Crumpton will report to Georgia on July 30 after his final class needed to earn his associate’s degree is sent over to Georgia from Los Angeles Valley. The Bulldogs are tentatively set to begin their preseason practice on July 31, according to a report by The Advocate.
Clayborne indicated the pledge to Georgia has been a completed deal for nearly a month but that Crumpton opted to hold the announcement until he knew his final summer course would be finalized.
That clearly sounds to me like Smart is still counting numbers in a tight game to 85. The reason for that? Weiszer suggests a possibility with this quote:
“I don’t know if they’re going to blueshirt him or they have a number now but he’s on scholarship,” Los Angeles Valley recruiting coordinator C.J. Clayborne said. “He had a bunch of offers on the West Coast. He ain’t going to turn down money to go walk-on yet.”
Clayborne said he had not talked to Georgia wide receivers coach James Coley for a few days.
“There might have been an issue with another player maybe not making grades or whatever they’re doing on that end of it,” head coach Matt White said. “It was a good fit for him.”
This sounds like a matter of when, not if, then. If someone from the 2017 class doesn’t make the grades — and, remember, Smart is still sweating it down to the wire on two signees — then he’s got a slot to fill. However, should both make it in, then Crumpton gets blueshirted and still gets in the door now.
Anyway you look at it, Smart deserves credit for squeezing every drop out of his roster that he can manage. We’ve come a long way from the days of being under 70 players on scholarship, baby.
By the way, is it too soon to make a Beyond Crumpton joke?