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.