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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