Georgia now ‘even more attractive’ to elite QB prospect Christian LeMay

The silver lining in the whole Zach Mettenberger situation at Georgia may be in the way it will affect recruiting at the quarterback position for 2011.

Christian LeMay of Matthews, N.C., one of the top quarterback prospects in the country, is really liking the depth chart at Georgia. (Special photo)

Christian LeMay of Matthews, N.C., one of the top quarterback prospects in the country, is really liking the depth chart at Georgia. (Special photo)

Christian LeMay, arguably the top quarterback prospect in the country for the Class of 2011, already had the Bulldogs in his Top 5. But after Mettenberger was dismissed for disciplinary reasons on Sunday, the father of the Matthews, N.C., athlete thinks Georgia now may be hard to beat.

“Yeah, I think it definitely helps Georgia,” the Rev. Stacy LeMay said as he drove to Atlanta from Charlotte on Monday. “Christian feels even better about the situation, and he already liked Georgia a lot anyway. He has always felt very comfortable with Coach Richt. They have similar philosophies in life and in football. The possibility before this was pretty encouraging anyway. Now Georgia’s situation has become even more attractive.”

In fact, these latest developments could move up LeMay’s timeline for making a decision. He and his father decided some time ago that he would name a clear-cut leader — but not make a full-out commitment — by summertime. Now they may not wait until the end of the month to make that annoucement, which could only help the Bulldogs’ cause.

“We’re starting to feel good about everything and may not have to wait as long as we thought,” Mr. LeMay said. “We had a long discussion about everything [Sunday] night. We’ve gotten around a good bit to see a lot of places and we feel like we know what’s out there. It could possibly be by the end of the month now.”

That doesn’t mean the Bulldogs are a lock. They will continue to get fierce competition from Clemson, Auburn, Texas A&M and Notre Dame, the other four in his top five. But after making four trips to Athens since the end of last season, it was already clear LeMay was closely observing the landscape at UGA and serious about signing there.

“He felt pretty good about coming in and competing for the position already,” Stacy LeMay said. “This is why it was important for us to go see their practices. At a Division I-A school you have to compete for a position no matter what. So we wanted to see who was competing. All of them are good but, no offense to them, he wasn’t deterred by any of the players that were there. Christian feels like he can compete with them. And we felt like [Mettenberger] was probably the leading guy from the practices we saw, at least potentially. Big guy, very strong arm, quick delivery. It’s an interesting situation. Let’s just say it makes Georgia very attractive.”

LeMay is very attractive to college recruiters. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete passed for 3,296 yards with 44 touchdowns and just two interceptions in leading Butler High to an undefeated record and  the North Carolina 4A state championship last season. Scout.com currently rates him No. 2 in the nation at the position.

Meanwhile, if LeMay does indeed decide on Georgia, he hopes to make an impact on the Bulldogs’ recruiting going forward.

“One of the reasons he’s considering coming out a little earlier is because he’d like to influence some of the top player to come with him,” Mr. LeMay said. “A lot of the top prospects are calling him and asking him what he’s going to do. They’re communicating with each other. If he decides to go there he’s going to get on board and start getting some more players there.”

Mr. LeMay said that one of the prospects his son talks to often is North Paulding wide receiver Christian Conley, who committed to the Bulldogs this past Friday.

As for the Mettenberger news, Mr. LeMay said they heard about it as the news was breaking on Sunday.

“Somebody called us and said they saw it on a website and we went and looked it up,” he said. “I’m sure that it was a very difficult situation for Coach Richt with his mother working there and all. But I think it’s a solid decision by Coach Richt to uphold the standards the Georgia people expect.”

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339 comments Add your comment

ECB

April 19th, 2010
1:40 pm

That would be sweet….1ST?

I know

April 19th, 2010
1:43 pm

Gonna be a DAWG!

Roaddawg80

April 19th, 2010
1:47 pm

Go ahead and commit and help UGA bring in the top class! This is AWESOME news!

theDingo

April 19th, 2010
1:49 pm

2nd?

Silver lining indeed if we land Christian!

theDingo

April 19th, 2010
1:50 pm

EW

April 19th, 2010
1:53 pm

cmon Christian. Be a dawg…

Bo

April 19th, 2010
2:01 pm

We could certainly use a big, strong armed QB prospect…we don’t have any in the pipeline.

dowgever

April 19th, 2010
2:03 pm

My advice to Christian is to that, go ahead and commit now, dont wait because we need some of the top prospect who are undecided to along with you, i see you making a great impact in Georgia recruitment and the team as whole. Good luck as you prepare for this big announcement

Jaydawg

April 19th, 2010
2:03 pm

Great news but dont forget about Mr.Marshall down in Wilcox Co.That kid is the real deal.Only possible concern could be grades.Dosen’t sound like the sharpest knife in the drawer in interviews.

Gil

April 19th, 2010
2:06 pm

Love to have Christian on board. Loving that 22 td to int ratio. He’s the missing piece to the puzzle. Match made in heaven. Sometimes, things happen for a reason and a bigger purpose than we can understand.

kings

April 19th, 2010
2:06 pm

Hmmm…..could this have in some way been a little incentive to let Mett go? I’m pretty sure we’ve kept some guys on the team that have done far worse (given what we know) than Mett did.

No UF

April 19th, 2010
2:10 pm

Interesting, that after living in Gainesville with his dad working within the athletic dept. UF didnt make the Top 5.

Nevertheless, looking at the Top 5 and the coaching/offensive-style of play in comparison to UGA, he should probably be about 90% a Dawg lean

Chip:

A good follow up question would’ve been what top prospects were talking to that were leaning toward the other schools mentioned in his Top 5…It may have shed some light on how seriously he was considering them

Tech Dap

April 19th, 2010
2:13 pm

Christian LeMay: That sounds like a name that could become a legend in Athens.

Bling and blang

April 19th, 2010
2:13 pm

What the heck is going on in Athens?????? All of those clowns are on the hot seat !!!!!

KD

April 19th, 2010
2:15 pm

Hope he comes to UGA and all the other recruits follow him, it possibly could be what would start UGA competing with the big boys in recruiting.

Seenthisb4

April 19th, 2010
2:16 pm

Top class. Middle of the pack in the SEC as usual. Bring in all those 5 star studs and do nothing with. LOL

King Gator

April 19th, 2010
2:18 pm

Looks like an excellent prospect. He’ll likely go to UGA, watch the SEC Championship on TV 3 or 4 times, get coached down to average and watch his competition be run off the team for underage drinking and diddling. Go Gators!

jim

April 19th, 2010
2:18 pm

What is “even more attractive” to a QB than having 2 other young stud QB’s ahead of him on the depth chart?

Gabulldog72

April 19th, 2010
2:19 pm

I have known this Marshall kid far a long time. My only concern about him is the advice he is getting from some home town folks. He probably should make up his mind shortly while the offers are still on the table and he is healthy. What else could you want besides having an offer from UGA, Tech, FSU and Bama. Nick the timing is right and you should make your move while the table is loaded. I just wonder how sharp Jaydawg’s knife is for judging someone on an interview. I know you can get the job done if you will take the offer.Go Dawgs

Paddy

April 19th, 2010
2:19 pm

Good point no UF. Those still un-named prospects that are calling Christian would make or an interesting article and speculation as to the make-up of the 2011 recruiting class. The next month or so should be very interesting.

Curious and Confused

April 19th, 2010
2:20 pm

Ok, I really hope this kid comes to UGA. He needs to do what is best for him. However, I think working with Coach Richt could be a good thing for him. Man, it would be nice having him lead our guys on Saturdays!

UGA89

April 19th, 2010
2:20 pm

Well here we go, Dawggie Nation is at it again. You lose one of your top QB prospects and it’s now, “Oh, we’re better off without him anyway.” He was the best QB in the spring game and now he is gone –there’s nothing “better off” about that. Freakin’ morons!

Billy

April 19th, 2010
2:21 pm

If Murray and Mason are the real deal, then why even waste another QB’s time sitting behind them for 3 years. Sounds like DJ Shockley all over again.

A QUICK WORD

April 19th, 2010
2:23 pm

MIDDLE OF THE PACK IN THE SEC > acc CHAMPION

John

April 19th, 2010
2:24 pm

No kidding UGA89. Sounds exactly like what happened with Da’Rick. At first, he was the next Jerry Rice, and once he turned on UGA, he all of the sudden became a chump.

King Gator

April 19th, 2010
2:24 pm

MIDDLE OF THE PACK IN THE SEC > acc CHAMPION … LOL!

clay

April 19th, 2010
2:25 pm

Go ahead Christian and commit. The starting job is yours next year, and it also helps bring in those other top recruits at reciever that have not commited yet and other top offensive prospects

billguy

April 19th, 2010
2:27 pm

No one knows what kind of QB Mett might have been. Too bad for the kid, a tough decision, but there can really be no argument that Richt did the right thing. Sometimes doing the right thing, even if painful, can pay dividends. Maybe the NC QB is that dividend. Again, we won’t know until — or if — he arrives.

The General Feeling

April 19th, 2010
2:27 pm

You just lost the guy who was going to be your starting QB and you call a “consideration” a sliver lining? That’s stretch.

Bryan

April 19th, 2010
2:30 pm

As always Chip great story! The thought of this guy recruiting for us…..WOW! I am an excited DAWG FAN right now!!!!!!!! I am agreeing with Roaddawg80….go ahead an commit…lol!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

April 19th, 2010
2:31 pm

King GayTor- right UGA coaches down their QBs.. Good try by you but no ceegar! Matt Stafford was drafted #1 and all the pro head coaches said the same. He was the best prepared and coached QB coming out of college in years. Get your brain in gear before venting or keep making your self look like an embarrassing fool that you are.

collegedude

April 19th, 2010
2:33 pm

Sounds like a great kid with a very good head on his shoulders. Just what we need at UGA. Whatever school does get him will be very lucky.

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Pi$$onaDAWG

April 19th, 2010
2:34 pm

Who is going to be his coach when he gets to UGA? I think BOZO is on the hot seat and could be gone. I guess the dawgs feel a littler better with a UT Vol getting arrested over the weekend.

Joey

April 19th, 2010
2:36 pm

Yes billguy, we’ll know what kind of QB Mett might have been soon enough. Unless some new crazy charge against him surfaces, many coaches will be showing up at Mett’s home. He’ll get another chance.

colorado bulldog

April 19th, 2010
2:36 pm

Don’t want to spin it. Bummed that Mettenberger had issues that caused him to be dismissed. Sad. Hope he gets his life in order. And even with 10 starters back on O we need Murray or Gray to step up this year bug time. But… landing Christian Lemay will be huge. He’s not ranked #2 QB in the nation for nothing. And looks like he will be the antithesis of Mettenberger in terms of character at this point in his life.

chazzo

April 19th, 2010
2:36 pm

Better snag a couple of those receivers he is throwing to, also.

RxDawg

April 19th, 2010
2:37 pm

When a door closes, a window opens.

Huh

April 19th, 2010
2:37 pm

The General Feeling has no clue. Mett has shown a good bit of promise, but he was a long way from being named the starter. In fact, I’d say most people who have even the slightest knowledge on the situation would agree that Murray was more likely to be the starter next season. This was obviously a tough decision for Richt and staff, and losing Mett is a disappointment to UGA fans. However I think YOU’RE stretching a bit here.

BigTimeTECHFan

April 19th, 2010
2:39 pm

MIDDLE OF THE PACK IN THE SEC > acc CHAMPION

Only a fan of teams that can’t compete in their own conference would make a claim like that.

Ron Mexico

April 19th, 2010
2:39 pm

First off whats a “sliver lining”? And hey did you hear the one about ANOTHER Volunterd getting arrested for resisting arrest. LOL Yeah UGA is the only school to have a problem kid ever. We need kids like this to come in and be great student athletes, hope he picks UGA, would be great to have him.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

April 19th, 2010
2:39 pm

Yes a Tick Hound , Darren Myles (from Georgia) – freshman at Dud’Rick “U” was arrested for basically the same thing that Mett was arrested for – under age and drunk in a night club – his head coach Lil’ Dud’Rick Dooley – says he is disappointed in him and will check in to it…. the guess here is he won’t be dismissed from school.

LoL

April 19th, 2010
2:39 pm

Pi$$onaDAWG you stay classy…

Ron Mexico

April 19th, 2010
2:39 pm

Oh yeah, 30-24 Tech Fans, and go get a life.

RopeDawg

April 19th, 2010
2:40 pm

High five to Ron Mexico!

TampaDawg86

April 19th, 2010
2:41 pm

I don’t care where He goes. I wish this young man the best in his life. It’s a breathe of fresh air to hear about young guys like this with a good family backround good faith and the love for life in general. He knows the difference from right and wrong. I don’t think we will ever be reading about him raping any girls or being drunk roaming the streets of whatever college he goes too. Great kid and hope a lot of kids look up to him. Class Act! Goodluck Christian on your future.

Crimedog

April 19th, 2010
2:41 pm

Mett just got tired of Richt’s sanctimonius BS. He will go to a two-year college, then come back to bite Georgia in the butt at LSU Ole Miss.

King Gator

April 19th, 2010
2:41 pm

Flo-Ri-Duh! … that’s my point – Staff was the #1 QB, most prepared, #1 pick in the draft… and UGA couldn’t even win the SEC East. (and he was playing with Moreno, also a 1st round pick – it wasn’t a talent issue, so why are you defending the coaching??)

Cocky

April 19th, 2010
2:42 pm

Wow. I bet the MNC is again in reach yet again.

Beach Dawg

April 19th, 2010
2:42 pm

Billguy — bet we find out what kind of QB Mett will be because he will certainly go to another D-1 school and don’t rule South Carolina out — the head cock would love nothing better to use Mett against the Dawgs!!!

ncdawg9295

April 19th, 2010
2:44 pm

I live in Charlotte not far from Butler. From what I can tell, LeMay is the real deal–skills, intelligence, character, and leadership. Let’s hope he picks the Dawgs!!!