Christian LeMay to choose between UGA, four others

Quarterback Christian LeMay will choose the college in which he plans to enroll this evening at 6:30 p.m. at his father's church. (Special photo)

Quarterback Christian LeMay will choose the college in which he plans to enroll this evening at 6:30 p.m. at his father's church. (Special photo)

As you read this I am on my way up I-85 to Pineville, N.C., to attend the news conference of Christian LeMay.

LeMay is an elite quarterback prospect from Butler High School in Matthews, N.C., a suburb of Charlotte. Pineville is where Champion Christian Church is located. LeMay’s father, Dr. Stacy LeMay, is pastor of that church and that’s where LeMay — whose middle name is Champion — will announce his college choice this evening at 6:30 p.m. (It will not be televised live by ESPNU as previously reported so be sure to check back here to get the news as it happens).

And make no mistake about it: The school that LeMay designates as his “leader school” tonight is the one that he intends to enroll in and attend on a football scholarship next January.

LeMay has caught some flak and been the subject of some cynacism because of his refusal to call his decision tonight a “verbal commitment.” I corresponded with LeMay recently about that distinction and he assured me that it’s pretty much a matter of semantics.

“In recent years, the verbal commitment process has become a bit more complicated than once before in that coaches are released and/or take other jobs such as we had last season with USC and Tennessee,” LeMay explained. “Coaches change schemes and systems that may no longer fit the players’ best interests or desires, etc. On some occasions, players simply change their minds on the school and ‘de-commit’ since they are not officially committed until they sign an official letter of Intent.

“This has caused the word commitment to become a bit watered down. However, it still holds great value to me. Therefore, due to the uncertainty of the process I have chosen to use the word ‘Leader,’ which for clarity will be defined as the school in which I plan to enroll and attend next year.”

The LeMays say they’re comfortable with others calling LeMay a commitment and understand he’ll be listed as an official commitment by the school and by media outlets going forward.

Definitions aside, LeMay’s decision is extremely important for the school that is so lucky to be named his designated “leader” in that, as long as everything remains unchanged, LeMay intends to become an active recruiter for that school. LeMay, the No. 2-ranked quarterback in America according to Scout.com, says he has been in touch with some of the top prospects in the South and will do everything in his power to convince them to join him in college.

LeMay designated Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, Texas A&M and Notre Dame is his final five from more than a dozen offers

LeMay has visited Athens and UGA at least five times since last summer. They call the Bulldogs a “very, very attractive situation” because they run a pro-style offense and because head coach Mark Richt shares the family’s Christian values.

“We like everything about Georgia and about the city of Athens,” Stacy LeMay said in a recent conversation. “We would be very comfortable with Christian spending the next few years of his life there.”

LeMay put up some eye-popping numbers as a junior season. He completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 3,296 yards and 44 touchdowns and only two interceptions while leading Butler to an undefeated season and the Class 4A state championship in North Carolina.

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174 comments Add your comment

DOWG

April 30th, 2010
12:51 pm

He will choose UGA- he likes alot and his Dad does it too, moreso the christianity between him and coah’

eastside

April 30th, 2010
12:52 pm

eastside

April 30th, 2010
12:53 pm

almost. does anybody else just have a bad feeling about this?

dd

April 30th, 2010
12:53 pm

guess not. UGA UGA UGA!!

DOWG

April 30th, 2010
12:54 pm

bates

April 30th, 2010
12:57 pm

Why not just go ahead and say it’s your school of choice? Why throw a party and go through all this hoopla over an updated “list” of favorites? Makes no sense.

James T. Kirk

April 30th, 2010
12:58 pm

My sources tell me he will chose UGA today, and then on signing day, he is planning to ink with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets since it is commonly known he has been a lifelong Jacket fan. Just yet another blow the mutts will suffer.

Vick=Dog killing thug

April 30th, 2010
1:00 pm

Hopefully we will be welcoming a fine young man to the Bulldawg nation? Best of luck to the young man regardless of his choice. Refreshing to read about someone of his character.

Go dawgs !!

eastside

April 30th, 2010
1:02 pm

he will not sign with tech he favors a pro style offense. if he goes to tech he will never play qb in the nfl

LOOKING TO 2010...

April 30th, 2010
1:04 pm

He’ll choose UGA. This is great for us.

Chip – When does b-ball phenom Polee make his decision?

McDawg

April 30th, 2010
1:07 pm

it struck me that 3 of 5 teams he considered are spread offenses–will it be Auburn??

we shall see but starting to think he will not be picking UGA

suwaneedawg

April 30th, 2010
1:08 pm

Yeah Kirk, that is exactly what will happen. And Tech will have another double digit win season…NOT! Wherever the man chooses it for sure will not be Tech. I think he has to much class.

Jim in Ga

April 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

I get the feeling that Auburn might snatch him up. It is an attractive option with Gus Malzahn as OC and being able to redshirt a year and push for playing time.

eastside

April 30th, 2010
1:13 pm

if he does choose us, i will be excited to see how many players he is able to pull with him

Dap

April 30th, 2010
1:18 pm

Only losers could even mention GT in an article about a QB wishing to become a pro one day.

GT does not deserve to even be mentioned, unless you are talking about small crowds, 2nd rate stadiums, getting mugged, playing on Thursday nights and homely women.

78 DAWG

April 30th, 2010
1:25 pm

He’s gonna be a DAWG book it! With him throwing to Da’rick, we’ll be unstoppable!

suwaneedawg

April 30th, 2010
1:26 pm

Damn Dap, that was poetic. One from the heart and stuck in a techies heart.

DAP IS A DOPE

April 30th, 2010
1:28 pm

You’re an idiot.
You’re a fan of a school with Jan Kemp, Jim Harrick (how many points….)things like that don’t happen at most school, especially a place like Georgia Tech.
When ya’ll have more wins than arrest, let me know.

Bulldog59

April 30th, 2010
1:29 pm

Jim in Ga. Valid points about the Auburn staff, offense, redshirt possibility, etc…… but, gotta disagree with you. His father has stated, Christian wants to learn the pro-style offense. Add to that, we are “thin” at QB, and he could be red-shirted next year at UGA. Also, according to Stacy Lemay, Christian and CMR see things similarly, both football and life philosophy. Translation…Georgia is a near-perfect fit, on and off the field. Mr. Lemay trusts CMR to take care of his son the next 4-5 year.
Then again, we won’t know until 6:30 PM.

chiefdawg

April 30th, 2010
1:32 pm

Jim in Ga

April 30th, 2010
1:33 pm

I hear what you’re saying 59, but it Auburn makes me nervous. They have been on a roll with recruiting. I hope Lemay does come to UGA and gets the ball rolling with other recruits.

how2fish

April 30th, 2010
1:34 pm

DAP IS A DOPE when you have a QB that can count to 4..call us.

76-Dawg

April 30th, 2010
1:37 pm

I hope LeMay chose UGA but don’t forget Murray was ranked between 2nd and 3rd nationally 2 years ago. Murray needs to be at least 6′ 3″ or better to be affective by not rolling out on every play.I prefer the QB stay in the pocket but have the ability to scrabble. At nearly 6′ 4″

HardTruth Soldier Here

April 30th, 2010
1:39 pm

Young Man, Go to Grambling or Southern University. iT’S ATHLETES LIKE YOU that we need at more HBCU’s. More of you top athletes need to be educated in the “Big” picture, and where and how it brings in top money! Your a commodity at other schools, your an asset with your people!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

April 30th, 2010
1:40 pm

DOWG: Capitalize “Dad” but not Christianity..funny. I guess anyone who spells their name “dowg” can take creative license.

“He will choose UGA- he likes alot and his Dad does it too, moreso the christianity between him and coah’”

The D

April 30th, 2010
1:40 pm

DAP IS A DOPE—have fun getting mugged on your way to class you moron. Tech sucks, you know this, Rudy kicked your A$$, your stadium belongs in DIV II, and all of your quality alum are in nursing homes, get off our blogs and go talk about the great Running back recruits you got coming in to play QB

hmmm....

April 30th, 2010
1:41 pm

HardTruth Soidier Here,

“an assest with your PEOPLE?” Pretty racist comment there.

jp

April 30th, 2010
1:41 pm

We have 6 commits and this will make 7. We are on a good pace and should close out fine with most of Georgia’s top prospects still uncommitted.

We have to sign 3 receivers and 3 CB’s in this class. Also need a couple of OT’s in case Long and Benedict don’t pan out with their injuries.

jarvis

April 30th, 2010
1:41 pm

It is humorous that Tech fans brag about their national lead in Thursday night games.

James T. Kirk

April 30th, 2010
1:42 pm

Watch and learn puppies. I am always right.

McDawg

April 30th, 2010
1:44 pm

another RB would be great as well

eastside

April 30th, 2010
1:45 pm

ol tech knuckleheads are pitiful. fluke season and they think they are a powerhouse. no way they can recruit on georgia’s level

James T. Kirk

April 30th, 2010
1:46 pm

we are better than the necks in Athens in every single category you can come up with.

76-Dawg

April 30th, 2010
1:47 pm

TOO FINISH: At nearly 6′ 4″ LeMay could do either, which would be a lot harder for UGA’s opponents to prepare for.After last years disaster at QB to have both Murray and LeMay playing and both doing their thing will at least give us a chance in every game unlike last year when you knew only a miracle would save UGA because of the lack of leadership.

SouthSide Dawg

April 30th, 2010
1:48 pm

78 DAWG: if he’s throwing to Da’Rick, wouldn’t that make Tennessee “unstoppable” in your mind?

Bulldog59

April 30th, 2010
1:50 pm

To DAP IS A DOPE, careful with the GT is holier-than-thou attitude….. Nov. 2005, GT was put on 2 years probation for using 17 academically ineligible athletes covering 4 sports, 11 of which were football players.

eastside

April 30th, 2010
1:51 pm

kirk bout the only thing you nerds are better at is star trek trivia

Cocky

April 30th, 2010
1:51 pm

Wow, just think if Champion becomes a dog. Anothert MNC no doubt. When was the last one?

Cocky

April 30th, 2010
1:52 pm

How do you know, stupeside?

Preston

April 30th, 2010
1:54 pm

The situation at UGA is too perfect for him to turn down. He’ll redshirt a year to learn the offense and adjust to SEC speed and then start after Murray leaves early for the NFL. CMR’s Christian beliefs are in line with his as well. It’s UGA all the way!

Bulldog59

April 30th, 2010
1:54 pm

Jim in Ga…. I hear what you’re saying, Auburn has the Trooper Taylor factor, that guy could get a dead man to sign an LOI! Fingers crossed until 6:30!

eastside

April 30th, 2010
1:54 pm

your mom told me last night

how2fish

April 30th, 2010
1:56 pm

James T. Kirk lets see I’m still reeling from your statement last week that the Bugs had 8 players picked in round 1 of the NFL draft…face it Kirk your a joke and your by coke.Now toss your laptop in the hot tube..not like there will be any hotties hurt if you do…

James T. Kirk

April 30th, 2010
2:01 pm

I said they could POSSIBLY have 8 taken in the first round. They almost did. No hot tub today. I have 9 classes to attend since I have 5 majors.

Delbert D.

April 30th, 2010
2:07 pm

Notre Dame is in that group. They have some pretty well-known values as a university.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

April 30th, 2010
2:09 pm

count to 4 now thats funny I don’t care who you cheer for

eastside

April 30th, 2010
2:11 pm

3 of those 5 majors are probably star trek related

The General Feeling

April 30th, 2010
2:11 pm

Saint Richt always wanted a Christian to lead his team.

Who cares what this kid says today. NSD is in February. By then, at least two QBs will have left the team and the mutts will have been no better than third in the SEC East… once again

He can do a lot better than UG Athens.

Delbert D.

April 30th, 2010
2:14 pm

how2fish – Who knows what universe Cap’n Kirk is beaming in from today. Cats may fly, there.

James T. Kirk

April 30th, 2010
2:15 pm

Try Mechanical, Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical & Bio-molecular, Industrial & Systems. None of which are offered at your Ag technical school.