Isaiah Crowell has found a new home.
The former Georgia running back from Carver-Columbus enrolled Thursday at Alabama State, located in Montgomery, Ala.
Crowell will play football for the Hornets, an FCS school.
Since he is transferring to a lower-division school, Crowell will not have to sit out a year.
We actively researched Isaiah both as a person as well as an athlete, Alabama State football coach Reggie Barlow said in a press release. We are aware of his current issues, but also believe in helping young people.
The former Carver-Columbus standout was dismissed from the Georgia football team last Friday after being arrested by Athens-Clarke County Police Department earlier that morning on three gun charges, two of which are felonies.
Crowells defense will be led by Steve Sadow, a nationally known criminal defense lawyer based in Atlanta.
Crowell was arrested at a police checkpoint on East Campus Road in Athens. Police officers reported that the smell of marijuana led them to ask Crowell if they could search him and his car.
A search of the car turned up a 9mm Luger. No drugs were found.
The two felonies were for having a gun on school grounds -- the road goes through the UGA campus -- and for having a weapon with an altered identification mark.
The misdemeanor charge was for carrying a concealed weapon.
Crowell denied the gun was his, saying other people often drive his car.
If convicted, Crowell could face 3-11 years of jail time and a fine of up to $10,000.
Crowell earned Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year honors while rushing for 850 yards last season. But he also missed the entire New Mexico State game after failing a drug test, and he was suspended for the first quarter of the Vanderbilt game for an undisclosed reason.
A player can transfer from an FBS team to an FCS team, or lower, and be immediately eligible, but would have to sit out at least a year if transferring to another FBS program. A player can transfer to a junior college and be eligible to return to an FBS team in a year, but returning to the FBS level from FCS is more complicated and time-consuming.
Alabama State is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The Hornets went 8-3 last season, and had two players from Middle Georgia on the roster, senior DreQuay Everett of Peach County and Daniel Duhart of Westside,