Elite QB Christian LeMay finding common ground at Georgia

Christian LeMay put up some mind-boggling stats at Butler High last year, including 44 TD passes with only two interceptions. (Special photo provided by Stacy LeMay)

Christian LeMay put up some mind-boggling stats at Butler High last year, including 3,296 yards passing with 44 TDs and only two interceptions. (Special photo provided by Stacy LeMay)

It’s a long way until national signing day and the competition for quarterback Christian LeMay is going to be fierce. But the early returns are favorable for Georgia in its pursuit of this elite quarterback, who may be ranked No. 1 at his position before it’s all said and done.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound LeMay threw for 3,296 yards with 44 touchdowns and just two interceptions in leading Butler High toan undefeated record and  the North Carolina 4A state championship last season. He projects as one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation for the Class of 2011. Scout.com currently rates him No. 2.

LeMay was at UGA this past Saturday to visit the Bulldogs for their second junior day of the winter. It was the fourth trip to Athens for the Matthews, N.C., resident since first attending an Elite 11 Quarterbacks Camp there last summer. He plans to come back again in the spring.

LeMay brought his entire family on the trip, including his mother, father, sister and two brothers, both of whom are projected prospects. Uriah LeMay is rising-sophomore wide receiver and Benjamin is a freshman running back.

“I didn’t stay overnight. I wish I could have but I had to get back for church,” LeMay said. “I had my whole family there, so it’s always good to see how they feel about things. That’s always big. When a college gets my family there you know you’re doing pretty well.”

LeMay said he got a lot more out of this visit to Georgia than he did his previous trips, which included a summer camp and a game last fall.

“It was more of a recruiting visit,” LeMay said. “I got more time with [offensive coordinator and quarterbacks] Coach [Mike] Bobo personally. We went to the basketball game, which I enjoyed. I was able  to get more in-depth with some of the coaching staff personally and to have a good time and enjoy the campus with my family and let them see a place where I could possibly go.”

LeMay also said he came away with a positive feeling about his potential teammates at Georgia.

“I got to see a lot more people than you see typically just at a game,” he said. “I got to see the type of people I’ll be with. There was another kid named Christian, a receiver [Christian Conley of North Paulding]. I really got along with him. I was intrigued by the people that the brought in as recruits that have the same beliefs as me. That really impressed me.

Georgia was already firmly entrenched in LeMay’s top 10, which he announced in early February (Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Miami, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Florida State, North Carolina). But he said that list is subject to change as new offers continue to come in every day. He’s up to 21 overall.

“It’s a flexible top 10,” said LeMay, who will be an early enrollee. “Everybody’s getting reevaluated right now. Auburn, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Texas A&M all offered in the past week. So now you have to include more people. You want to give everybody a fair shot. You don’t want to miss out on what could be a perfect fit for you.”

Georgia seems to be doing pretty good in that regard. LeMay is extremely passionate about his Christian faith and, first and foremost, likes that coach Mark Richt shares his beliefs. LeMay’s father, Stacy LeMay, pastors a church in suburban Charlotte. Stacy LeMay, who played football at Florida A&M, was team chaplain for the Florida football team under Urban Meyer before leaving Gainesville four years ago to found his own church.

“That’s definitely a key [in his recruitment],” LeMay. “Growing up, even though I was in Gainesville, I became a partial Georgia fan all because of Coach Richt for the way he displayed his faith and how he always gave God the glory for everything that happened to him on and off the field. I try to be the same way, to give God the glory for everything, even in defeat. That’s something I can definitely appreciate about him.”

Just as appealing to LeMay is the offensive system the Bulldogs employ. Coaches were emphasizing the advantges of their pro-style philosophy during LeMay’s visit.

“Georgia is a pro offense, which they know is what I’m looking for,” he said. “Drop-back passes, a lot of play-action game, they show’d me exactly what I was looking for. They just talked about the QB situation and thinks like that. So it was good.”

Regardless of how many more schools join the competition for LeMay, he plans to stick fairly close to a predetermined timeline. The plans to establish a top five by June and narrow that down to three by late July.

At that point LeMay said he plans to name a leader, though he expressly will not make a commitment.

“The word commitment means a lot to me and I’m not going to say it unless I mean it,” he said.

For now said he has no immediate plans to visit any other schools for the next few weeks. But he said he definitely intends to return to UGA during the spring, possibly for the G-Day Game on April 10.

184 comments Add your comment

Ron O

March 1st, 2010
1:46 pm

sounds like the kid is very mature. You can nevre have enough quarterbacks.

BetterInTheLongRun

March 1st, 2010
1:47 pm

TommyP

March 1st, 2010
1:48 pm

Wow…..I love this kid. Whether we get him or not, he’s an impressive kid.

Nolskii

March 1st, 2010
1:51 pm

UGA Faithful

March 1st, 2010
1:52 pm

Sounds like a very very impressive young man. Any school would be blessed to have him as their quarterback…hopefully it will be UGA.

Worm

March 1st, 2010
1:54 pm

Our number 1 priority in my mind!

NC Dawg

March 1st, 2010
1:58 pm

Did anybody find out who wide receiver #3 was in the Lemay film highlights?

lowndes25

March 1st, 2010
2:00 pm

Thanks for the great article, Chip. I was actually going to post a question to you about the status of Christian LeMay’s recruitment, but you beat me to it…are you psychic…how many fingers am I holding up right now?!?! (j/k)

ga gator

March 1st, 2010
2:01 pm

Why would any quarterback go and play for Georgia just because it plays a “pro” style offense? The spread is the offense of the future. It puts up points and gets the football into playmakers hands every play.

ugaaccountant

March 1st, 2010
2:03 pm

Would love to have him, as this kid appears to have character. It will be interesting to see how well UF does in this process with his dad’s connection there. But UF won’t prepare him for the pros like UGA can. Tebow, great guy, but his draft stock is sinking rapidly, mainly because of his lack of pro-style QB training.

pretty cool

March 1st, 2010
2:09 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com UGA classic tin lunchboxes, just like your Mom and Dad use to carry their cheese sandwich in. except now you canuse it for so much more like your ipod, iphone, sunglasses, lip balm, etc…….

Vick=Dog killing thug

March 1st, 2010
2:09 pm

Good article. Let’s hope this young man become a bulldawg. Anyone know what makes him so good? Arm ? Speed ? Leadership ?

Schley Dawg

March 1st, 2010
2:12 pm

Another thing that may help Georgia in this process is that his Dad has worked under Meyer and knows what kind of guy he really is.

paddy

March 1st, 2010
2:18 pm

Ga Gator….It sounds like this kids knows more about what he wants than you know about what he wants. Sounds like a kid that has a sound mind and a better up-bringing. Believe this kid is more grounded in reality than you are!

Filtar

March 1st, 2010
2:23 pm

hey ga gator for what its worth the spread causes alot of questions regarding the ability to drop back and read a defense. their goal is to make it to the pros and the spread raises doubt in teh minds of many nfl coaches gms and scouts.

zulucanibal

March 1st, 2010
2:26 pm

Thanks for the article Chip…can you or somebody at the AJC do an article on why the Augusta area is void of DI talent. Its the 2nd largest city in the state but rarly does the area have a player rated in the top 25 in the state. I written the augusta chronicle about maybe doing an article but they seem not to have any intrest. Thanks.

RonnieGarDner

March 1st, 2010
2:28 pm

But what about Hutson, and Aaron, and Zack? Whoever would be the QB is going to make the other QB’s ride the bench. 2 redshirt freshmen,1 true freshman, and now the new kid that we are after. All are the best QB’s,and it isn’t like one could wait in the wings a season or two before his chance.

memphisdawg

March 1st, 2010
2:29 pm

If he has dreams of playing in the NFL, playing in same type system in college will put him miles ahead of qbs who played in a spread offense. Thats why.

lowndes25

March 1st, 2010
2:31 pm

ga gator, exactly how many NFL teams are running the spread offense?!?! My second question would be: “How many QB’s who ran the spread offense in High School/College actually turned into solid NFL QB’s?” I can think of a number of QB’s who ran the spread in College who have had little to no success in the NFL: Chris Leak, Danny Wuerffel, Rex Grossman, Ty Detmer, any Texas Tech or Hawaii QB, etc. Christian has aspirations of one day playing in the pro’s, so he wants to play in a pro-style offense…not a big deal…just his preference…there are plenty of QB’s out there who want to play in the spread, so UF will have no problem getting a QB to fit there system…just please let us have Christian :)

Exley DAWG

March 1st, 2010
2:36 pm

Sounds like its either this kid or Nick Marshall of Wilcox County as future QB at UGA. Locals in Wilcox say Marshall is a future basketball star, he scored 52 points in a playoff game last week.

tifton tony

March 1st, 2010
2:40 pm

Man, this guy is the type of QB that Mark Richt DREAMS ABOUT. For real, this is a match made in heaven.

#1- They share the same faith, and core beliefs like David Green and Richt did–that kind of natural chemistry is priceless. Love this guy is a character first type of player. His seems to have his priorIties right. To me, that’s the biggest key to leadership. Also like the fact he led his team to a 4A state championship.

#2- He shares Coach Richt and Coach Bobo’s philosophy of Pro Style high productivity with few errors. 72% completion rate, 3300 yards, 44 td’s to 2 int’s, that’s about as good as it gets for what UGA is looking for.

I don’t know if Bobo or Coach Richt at UGA have ever had a guy so in sync with their values and offensive philosophy when it coms to QB.

With Coach Richt and Bobo’s track record with developing QB’s, it’s hard to imaginae a better match for both.

The (half) Truth

March 1st, 2010
2:42 pm

“Hey Christian!!!” “I just got baptised!!!!” “And I’m coming back to UFas a changed man!!!” “The part that all those bashers left out about how I didn’t develop Timmy failed to mention that I spent the better part of my time developing him for Sainthood” See if Richt or any other Coach can top that!
Yours In Faith,
Urban

gaaaaa gator

March 1st, 2010
2:59 pm

GA GATOR, Stafford went # 1 (thanks to UGA’s Pro Style Offense)…Tebow’s projected to be a 3rd to 4th round pick..gee why would anybody want to go to UGA for a pro style offense? Stafford can give you 41 million reasons.

Coach G I Bo Bo

March 1st, 2010
3:00 pm

Hmmm…. I have doubts about this Kid because of him not wearing any bling and I also understand he has a valid drivers license…

ga gator

March 1st, 2010
3:06 pm

I guess it would make sense if I truly cared what a quaterback did in the NFL. But I only care about results on the field in college football. BCS National Championships mean more to me than having a quarterback drafted 1st overall.

JB

March 1st, 2010
3:11 pm

ga gator……watch Tebow’s pro career and you’ll know why he has an interest in Georgia. Running Qb’s draws and jumps passes has no place in the NFL…….If that’s his goal.

ga gator

March 1st, 2010
3:12 pm

Would you rather have a player excel in the NFL or win SEC and National Championships? You can do both at UF.

tifton tony

March 1st, 2010
3:16 pm

If Tebow lands a $42 million contract, please let us know.

Porty

March 1st, 2010
3:17 pm

Rumor is a Gator or a Sooner.

Dan

March 1st, 2010
3:19 pm

Yeah, that pro-style offense has really helped JaMarcus Russell.

tifton tony

March 1st, 2010
3:20 pm

If National Championship coaching experience is #1 to you guys, Coach Richt has coached in 5 at FSU, Meyer only 3.

So there.

ratherBgambling

March 1st, 2010
3:20 pm

Stafford is soft and and int prone.

$42 million wasted

dunwoody dog

March 1st, 2010
3:22 pm

Why wasn’t Meyer willing to help Tebow get ready for the NFL be running a pro style offense, and redoing his throwing motion?

Because Meyer cared more about winning n college, than the young man’s career.

Dan

March 1st, 2010
3:23 pm

And how is that unreasonable, dunwoody dog?

dunwoody dog

March 1st, 2010
3:24 pm

Tebow will be lucky to land a $100k NFL contract.

Stafford got $40 million.

Dap01

March 1st, 2010
3:24 pm

Impressive young man. He will be successful where ever he goes.

And he is correct about CMR, he is a fine man who actually lives out his beliefs as well as simply saying he does.

If you can read lips, try watching Coach Saban during a game. The lip reading should be rated R.

Voice of Reason

March 1st, 2010
3:25 pm

I agree with the poster that said this is a match “made in heaven”. Since CMR is as much about (maybe more) character building, this has to be something special. Considering UGA like he is, being the kind of young man that he is, and being such a good athlete, I can only guess that he would be one of those who will lead whatever team he plays for. He is also one that will believe in his school by his pride in it.
I would hope he becomes a DAWG and leads by example.

dunwoody dog

March 1st, 2010
3:25 pm

Meyer shyould have aligned his goals, with Tebow’s long term goals. Meyer chose to only consider Meye’rs own goals, and Tebow’s long term goals suffered.

Tebow also got worse statistically under Meyer each year for the last 3 years. Where Stafford improved each season.

Dan

March 1st, 2010
3:27 pm

I’m sure Richt never swears during a game either, Dap01.

sputnik dog

March 1st, 2010
3:28 pm

I agree, LeMay and Richt are meant to be. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear LeMay come out in a few weeks and say “It’s UGA” and never waver.

Dan

March 1st, 2010
3:29 pm

May be the load Tebow carried went down but not his production. If we can judge his performance by wins and losses, then he actually improved each year.

And Meyer -assuming what you say is true (a big assumption) – is not paid to get Tebow or anyone else to the NFL. He is paid to win games for Florida. I am not saying that the two are mutually exclusive but job number one for him is to win. And I’d say he’s done a fairly good job of that.

sputnik dog

March 1st, 2010
3:37 pm

Meyer should do more than the MINIMUM, he should also think about helping his players achieve their long term goals. Dumb argument. Meyer should be able to do both.

Tim

March 1st, 2010
3:37 pm

I have to somewhat agree with Ga Gator. It’s nice to have a big pipeline to the NFL and it’s nice to have the #1 overall pick, but truth be told, I’d rather have NCAA/SEC Championships instead. I’m happy for these kids who go on to the NFL and I wish them luck, but I don’t follow the NFL that much. So for me, I’d much rather them have success at UGA instead. Ideally, I’d like them to have sucess in both though…

sputnik dog

March 1st, 2010
3:39 pm

WOuld you rather have a QB get drafted #1 in the NFL and get $40 million, or work for the #3 winningest coach in the NCAA in Coach Richt?

With UGA, you get both.

see dog run

March 1st, 2010
3:40 pm

I think we all agree with Dunwoody Dog, no brainer that’s just the RIGHT thing to do.

Dan

March 1st, 2010
3:41 pm

Except for the rings of course, sputnik dog.

Tim

March 1st, 2010
3:42 pm

Dan, I agree with you that it is Meyer’s #1 job to win college games. No argument there. I think where a lot of people are jumping on him and his (lack of )development of Tebow is b/c he is arguably one of the greatest players this generation. The stones weren’t being thrown when Chris Leak didn’t make it. Obviously a lot of it is fueled by a dislike for the Gators/Tebow, but you would think that some who broke as many records and had as many accolades as Tebow, he’d be at least better prepared with his basic fundamentals.

I’m not a gator fan, but hard for me to root against Tebow in the NFL. He’s a great guy. And even if he is a flop in the NFL, he’ll always be a legend in Gainesville. And can’t complain there…

Redcoat Dawg

March 1st, 2010
3:48 pm

Anyone think that if we pick up a talented qb this class than the chances of Mason playing are about a million to one? It seems to me like that’s the case.

see dog run

March 1st, 2010
3:50 pm

#1 Meyer claimed the day he quit that ‘God told him to stop”. So, if Meyer returns, Meyer is saying “No’ to God. Not good.

#2 Meyer also said he missed his kids, so that’s why he quit. If he returns, that’s bogus too.

#3 Meyer also said he drove himself to the hospital, when later, admitted he went in an ambulance and lied about it.

#4 Even Florida newspapers agree Meyer did Tebow a disservice as a coach:
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-02-23/sports/fl-hyde-tim-tebow-0224-20100223_1_tim-tebow-urban-meyer-golden-gators

see dog run

March 1st, 2010
3:51 pm

Here’s the NY Times article where Meyer talked about God telling him to stop and to spend mroe time wiht his family:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/27/sports/ncaafootball/27florida.html