ATHENS — Isaiah Crowell and Quintavius Harrow came to the Georgia football team together, and basically left it together, each under bad circumstances. Nearly five years later, Crowell is back on his feet, but still standing by his lifelong friend, who has continued to run into his own troubles.
Harrow, who played alongside Crowell at Georgia in 2011, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday — though he is set to serve only a sliver of that — for a series of crimes in 2014, including two armed robberies.
Harrow was only sentenced to four years in prison to serve, the rest on probation, and will also get credit for the time served since his arrest in October 2014. The charges could have resulted in up to 26 years in prison, but assistant district attorney Matt Landreau told The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that “he’s been given a break here, and I hope he takes advantage of it.”
As Harrow, 23, was sentenced in a Columbus court on Monday, right there was Crowell, who just finished his second season with the Cleveland Browns.
“I want to be here for him because he was there for me, when I went through my trials and tribulations,” Crowell told the Ledger-Enquirer.
Crowell, the SEC freshman of the year in 2011, was dismissed from Georgia in the summer of 2012 after being arrested on a gun possession charge. The charge was later dismissed. Crowell played his final two seasons of college ball at Alabama State before turning pro.
Dell McGee, who coached both players at Columbus’ Carver High School, is now Georgia’s running backs coach.
Crowell told the Ledger-Enquirer that Harrow at heart is a “good person,” and “everybody makes mistakes.”
“I once got in some trouble before, and you know, you’ve just got to accept the consequences, and just come back and be the best you can be,” Crowell said.
Harrow has been out of football since his lone season at Georgia, also in 2011, when he starred on special teams. He was dismissed from the team for academic reasons the following summer (after Crowell’s departure).
It was widely assumed by fans and media that Harrow, who was lightly-recruited, only received a scholarship offer as an enticement to get Crowell, a five-star recruit. The two have been friends since kindergarten, and were teammates at Carver.
But while Harrow played well on special teams that season, recording 10 tackles, five of them solo, and forced a fumble.
“I knew special teams was gonna be a good way for me to get on the field,” Harrow said late that year. “Because I was kind of the sleeper of the class. I knew if I just went out there and worked hard, things would happen.”
“I’m really proud of him because he really has made a name for himself,” then-head coach Mark Richt said late in the season. “When we looked at him we felt like at the very least he would be a great special teams player. He is what you’ve seen. He runs very fast and he’s fearless; he’s tough. He’s a football player, and that’s the greatest compliment you can give a guy.”