N. Gwinnett’s Uzomah attracting major recruiting attention

North Gwinnett's 6-foot-5, 225-pound quarterback C.J. Uzomah has proven to be a much better under center than anybody anticipated, hence dozens of offers as a junior. (AJC Photo By Josh Weiss)

North Gwinnett's 6-foot-5, 225-pound quarterback C.J. Uzomah has proven to be a much better under center than anybody anticipated, hence dozens of offers as a junior. (AJC Photo By Josh Weiss)

It has all been kind of overwhelming for C.J. Uzomah, but in a good way. Kind of like a warm wave crashing unexpectedly over his head while wading on a beautiful beach.

This time a year ago, North Gwinnett’s big quarterback was just a long, lanky receiver hauling in passes from all-everything quarterback Mikey Tamburo (now at Boise State). Today he is one of the most sought-after junior prospects in the state. He already has more than a dozen offers and they’re all from major SEC and ACC powers and beyond.

“I’m just kind of taking it in,” the soft-spoken Uzomah said shortly before taking the practice field on Thursday. “The first [offer] from UGA was a surprise, all the way to the very last one from Oklahoma State. It’s just a wonderful opportunity to continue my career after high school.”

The Bulldogs were the first to come forth with a firm verbal offer to Uzomah last spring. Word is UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will be at the North Gwinnett-Mill Creek game Friday. But the intensity has cranked up considerably with Uzomah’s play at quarterback this season.

Nobody was sure how the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder would fare as a first-year starter under center. All he has done so far is complete 59-of-90 passes for 597 yards, six touchdowns and one interception and run for another 303 yards and four more scores. This while leading the Bulldogs to a 4-0 start that included an impressive head-to-head matchup against Prattville, Ala., and their LSU-committed quarterback Sam Gibson.

Now everybody wants Uzomah. He has received written offers from Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

It’s too early to call one a leader, Uzomah said. “No sir. I’m kind of just keeping them more even right now.”

Meanwhile, Uzomah’s weekends are whirlwinds. He went to Georgia Tech for the Clemson game and he was at Georgia for South Carolina. He’s traveling to Kentucky this weekend to watch the Wildcats play Florida. He hopes to be in Athens for Georgia-LSU.

“After that I’m not quite sure,” he said. “I’m still calling coaches and trying to figure out where the best available windows will be.”

The good news for Uzomah is there will be plenty of windows.

24 comments Add your comment

BullDawg Rick

September 24th, 2009
5:28 pm

Uzomah – Keep to your Bulldogs (From North to UGA!!)

Alphare

September 24th, 2009
5:32 pm

I cannot believe this is from a professional writer: they’re, or their?

Gerald Ball

September 24th, 2009
5:34 pm

Uzomah should only go to UGA if he wants to play wide receiver. If he wants to play QB, then Miami or Kentucky are the places to go. Miami would be the better fit, because Jacory Harris only has 3 – possibly two – years left while Kentucky has a big time QB recruit redshirting this year. So, if he is good enough, he would get on the field faster at Miami. Oklahoma State would be another thought, and so would Tennessee. Clemson, LSU – no way. Maryland … might want to see who their next coach is going to be first. North Carolina would also be far more likely to play him at WR.

chemdawg

September 24th, 2009
5:54 pm

UGA is recruiting him as a QB. You don’t know what you’re talking about. With his size, speed, and arm he’d have a good opportunity to win the starting job at UGA.

Pi$$onaDawg

September 24th, 2009
6:24 pm

Yes, UGA is looking for him at QB, but Murry is a great QB with 4 years after this year. This kid could/would be a rsFres. Murry’s rsJr. year. That could be a real good fit. I still think he has a better chance at WR if he has the speed. It is a while away so we just have to wait.

SuperB

September 24th, 2009
6:50 pm

ATTENTION: APHARE. It is they’re– not their. The writer is correct.

SickandTired

September 24th, 2009
7:36 pm

Georgia has their QB in Murray. Mark Richt will go down in flames playing him because he promised him he’d play. That’s the way he rolls.

Big Dawg 'N VA

September 24th, 2009
9:05 pm

You have to earn the right to play. If this kid is good enough to challenge our current QB’s as a FROSH, then I say he should get his chance. The FROSH phenoms we have right now can’t crack the first team. Look at the kid Barkley out on the left coast. Texas has good one too but he’s backing up a potential Heisman winner!

A real Bulldog

September 24th, 2009
9:37 pm

Go to Georgia and you will have the State of Georgia behind you. Mark Richt is a wonderful coach and he treats his players with dignity and respect. You will come out a better person and that is really the most important thing.

sam

September 24th, 2009
9:37 pm

Long road to hoe

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 24th, 2009
11:33 pm

A little early to rate him a 5 star?

BigDawg

September 25th, 2009
1:14 am

Every quarterback who has started on a regular basis had been drafted in the NFL during Richt’s tenure, including Matthew Stafford as the overall #1 with less than stellar stats. How many other coaches have that stat?? And where does UGA rank in overall # of players on NFL rosters, top 5?? Go Dawgs!! Great opportunities to prepare for NFL!!!

Gerald Ball

September 25th, 2009
7:22 am

Mark Richt likes to put dual threat QBs at WR. He only likes to play dropback QBs. I am only going by Mark Richt’s history. If Uzomah wants to go to a school that has a history of developing dual threat QBs, he needs to go to a place like Kentucky, Maryland or LSU. Or he can go to Tennessee where they are desperate.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

September 25th, 2009
7:59 am

If he wants to go to the NFL, he needs to learn to be a drop back passer instead of a dual threat. Teabow is one of the greatest dual threat qb’s and he will be lucky to go in the first 3 rounds. Just cause you have some speed doesn’t make you a dual threat qb.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

September 25th, 2009
8:00 am

by the way, saw Shaw from Flowery Branch pass circles around this guy at 7 on 7 tournament at North Gwinnett this summer

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 25th, 2009
8:18 am

Ranger, Give the kid some time… He’s a rookie QB

The Dogfather

September 25th, 2009
8:45 am

Good luck this year C.J. Here is a small list of past QB’s that Coach Richt has groomed–Charle Ward ‘93 heisman winner, Chria Weinke-2000heisman ,David Greene,DJ Shockley,Matt Stafford.Ther is no place like Athens Ga.

Paddy

September 25th, 2009
9:01 am

alphare… sorry son, you are wrong. Jumped in they’re a little soon. Back to the scout team for you.

Ozzy

September 25th, 2009
9:46 am

alphare must have gone to UGA.

Man, English is tricky huh?

PMC

September 25th, 2009
9:48 am

Bob Sphire and company are doing an outstanding job at North Gwinnett. Really maximizing the talent they have available and they are showcasing that talent with every opportunity.

Uzomah is more talented than Tamburo. Obviously Juwan James is the best prospect on the team… but Cordero Dixon despite not having elite size is a darn good football player as well.

NC Dawg

September 25th, 2009
10:24 am

SickandTired……how do you know what CMR promised Murray? Were you there when he was being recruited? You don’t know “jack”!!

Decatur 4 Life

September 25th, 2009
10:43 am

Richt does have a good list of quarterbacks but they all were good college players that’s all. Stafford was a #1 draft pick so he is garaunteed playing time the same can’t be said for the rest of the list.

chemdawg

September 26th, 2009
12:33 am

CJ: Jared Cook went out-of-state and was underutilized his entire college career. It’s about time someone from NG played at UGA.

Suwanee Dawgs

September 29th, 2009
2:21 pm

Bank Walker…did you point out that North Gwinnett won the 7-on-7? Just checking.