ATHENS — Ahkil Crumpton is set to join the Georgia football team in a few days, his junior college coach said Thursday, giving the Bulldogs a surprise late addition to its recruiting class.
Crumpton, a wide receiver who resembles Isaiah McKenzie in stature and speed, announced a commitment to Georgia via social media last week, though at that point it evidently wasn’t a done deal. Now it appears to be finalized. Matt White, his coach at Los Angeles Valley College, said he spoke to Georgia coaches on Thursday morning.
“Everything’s a go with him,” White said in a phone interview on Thursday. “I know he’s back home right now. He’s just doing all his medical paperwork and stuff. He’ll be there. He’ll be in Athens soon.”
White also said his understanding is that Crumpton will be on scholarship, though it’s not clear whether he will blue-shirt.
“There’s a couple different ways they can do that,” White said.
It’s also unknown whether Crumpton’s addition has anything to do with the status of Georgia’s two remaining signees who have not qualified yet: defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt and linebacker Robert Beal.
Crumpton’s addition would put Georgia at 86 scholarships for this season, at least according to this count, and that’s counting Wyatt and Beal.
Georgia lost McKenzie, the school’s all-time leader in punt return touchdowns, to the NFL draft after last season. And senior Reggie Davis also saw his eligibility expire, leaving a void at kickoff return. McKenzie was the team’s leading receiver last year.
“There was a need. And we had a fit,” White said.
Crumpton is from Philadelphia, so that gives Georgia two members of this class from there: tailback D’Andre Swift and receiver Mark Webb, freshmen who joined the team this summer.
Crumpton is listed at 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds.
“He’s fast. He’s special,” White said. “The fans will love him too. He’s a great kid. He’s got an awesome personality. He’s humble too.”