QB Christian LeMay selects Georgia Bulldogs (updated)

Pineville, N.C. – With Ray Charles‘ famous ballad “Georgia” playing in the background, Christian LeMay announced that he intends to become a Bulldog.

Christian LeMay at Friday night's announcement. (ajc.com photo by Chip Towers)

Christian LeMay at Friday night's announcement. (ajc.com photo by Chip Towers)

The Matthews, N.C., quarterback chose the Georgia Bulldogs over a final three that included Clemson and Texas A&M. Notre Dame and Auburn were among the final five of about 35 major-college offers.

“Every time I went there I just felt good about it,” said Butler, who visited UGA at least five times since last summer. “It was also the fact that every time I went there and left I couldn’t get it off my mind. I was constantly thinking about it and how I fit there, how Coach Richt is. Me and him share the same personal beliefs. But also competing at the top level and trying to be successful in our Christian walk as well as on the football field.”

LeMay pointed out to the standing-room-only crowd that he was wearing an orange shirt andasked how many Clemson Tigers there were “in the house.” A few folks clapped and he laughed before pulling out a Butler Bulldogs hat. Then the music was cued as he pulled out the Georgia cap and put it on to hardy applause. The Butler High School cheerleaders followed the announcement with a UGA cheer.

LeMay (6-3, 200) made the announcement before a standing-room only crowd of 200 or so at the Champion Christian Center, the church pastored by his father, The Rev. Stacy LeMay.

“He could have made this announcement anywhere but he wanted to do it in the house of God,” the elder LeMay said.

LeMay is the No. 2-ranked quarterback in America, according to Scout.com, the only recruiting service to rank rising seniors so far. He is a pro-style quarterback and put up some eye-popping numbers as a junior at Butler High.

LeMay  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.

LeMay dons a Georgia hat. (ajc.com photo by Chip Towers)

LeMay dons a Georgia hat. (ajc.com photo by Chip Towers)

One person that has seen LeMay a lot is Tom Luginbill, national recruiting director for ESPN. He’s covered two of his games and analyzed hours of video on LeMay.

“The most attractive trait that LeMay possesses is one you cannot coach and that is a lightning quick, ultra smooth delivery,” Luginbill told me. “He can get rid of the ball so quickly and he is extremely accurate. He possesses just adequate height, but he is well built and there is plenty of room for frame development. He could play any scheme; he’s not just a spread guy.”

LeMay said he plans to take an active role in Georgia’s recruiting.

“First off, I’m looking for the quarterback’s best friend, the ‘Big Pretties,’” LeMay said, referring to offensive linemen. “I don’t like to call them the ‘Big Uglies;’ I heard they don’t like that. So we need to get some linemen, of course, and get some receivers. Hopefully we’ll get [wide receiver] Charone Peake [of Roebuck, S.C. ], that’s a guy I really like and we have a good relationship. So hopefully he’ll come with me. I’d really love to play with him and have him to throw to.

“I’m really excited about another player, Christian Conley, him being another Christian as well, literally in name and also in his faith. I think is a great thing that two boys like us will be there playing football together.”

Conley, a wide receiver from North Paulding High, has already committed to Georgia . Along with LeMay that gives the Bulldogs’ seven commitments for the 2011 class.

LeMay explained his philosophy of naming a “leader” rather than calling it a “verbal commitment.”

“The word commitment has become kind of watered-down in recent years because so many people change their minds and de-commit and coaches leave like they did at Tennessee and USC,” LeMay said. “But it still holds a lot of value for me. So my announcement today means Georgia is the school I plan to enroll in unless something drastic happens. Unless Coach Richt or Coach Bobo is gone or something crazy like that, I’m a Georgia Bulldog.”

GEORGIA 2011 COMMITMENTS

  1. C David Andrews, 6-2, 275, Norcross-Wesleyan
  2. ATH Devin Bowman, 6-0, 175, Rossville-Ridgeland
  3. WR Christian Conley, 6-3, 185, Dallas-N. Paulding
  4. LB Amarlo Herrera, 6-1, 224, College Park-N. Clayton
  5. QB Christian LeMay, 6-3, 200, Matthews, N.C.
  6. DB Corey Moore, 6-1, 195, Griffin
  7. DB Chris Sanders, 6-1, 185, Tucker


398 comments Add your comment

ATLNTA

April 30th, 2010
6:46 pm

dawgvet

April 30th, 2010
6:46 pm

Welcome to the Bulldog nation Christian.

eastside

April 30th, 2010
6:46 pm

denver dawg

April 30th, 2010
6:46 pm

first! Welcome, Mr. Lemay

Buzz Kill

April 30th, 2010
6:47 pm

CEPJ

April 30th, 2010
6:47 pm

Welcome Mr. Lemay.

ATLNTA

April 30th, 2010
6:47 pm

Congratulations and welcome wining nation of dowg. God bless you and your family, ope to see you playing in GEORGIA

scaredstraight

April 30th, 2010
6:47 pm

I’ll hold my excitement until signing day.

DawgfaninJesup

April 30th, 2010
6:48 pm

dogdownsouth

April 30th, 2010
6:48 pm

dawgs baby come on & crow now buggs whos gonna run your high school offense

LEMAYandUGA

April 30th, 2010
6:48 pm

Good Luck young man, welcome to Athens.

Buddha

April 30th, 2010
6:48 pm

Welcome to the Dawg Nation, Christian, and bring some good players with you, my brother.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

April 30th, 2010
6:48 pm

Congratulations to Christian. He sounds like a wonderful young man, and I wish him great success, just not on the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

JoeFann

April 30th, 2010
6:48 pm

Welcome home, Christian! Always great to have another Champion!

Go Dawgs!

toe meets leather

April 30th, 2010
6:48 pm

DDDAWG

April 30th, 2010
6:49 pm

I want to get excited about this but he hasnt given a soft commitment yet, he just announced that we are the official leader right now. I think we all know how that can change.

Worm

April 30th, 2010
6:50 pm

Welcome christian..i don’t remember sweating this much since Jason campbell announced in church on a mississippi sunday morning..thought he was a dawg lock and it was Auburn!

Matt

April 30th, 2010
6:50 pm

Welcome to DAWG nation Christian from another former Charlotte high school player! Now start recruiting and build a dynasty for GEORGIA! SIC EM!

GoldenDawg

April 30th, 2010
6:50 pm

Good Luck to you Christian. We look foward to seeing you play on saturday’s.

Mr CVS Jr

April 30th, 2010
6:51 pm

Okay CMR. You have the qb, now lets get this “dream team” of GA prospects and get to the business of championships and BCS bowls and not the Citrus, Outback, or any other of the 2nd and 3rd level bowls.

Dawghouse

April 30th, 2010
6:52 pm

It’s great to have a class of an athlete and an even better a classy individual. Well to the Dawghouse Christian, can’t wait to see you with the red helment with the black “G”.

Dawg Fan

April 30th, 2010
6:52 pm

Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation.

Goooo Dogs Sic ‘em… Woof woof woof!

Birdman

April 30th, 2010
6:52 pm

Luginbill, he’s 6-3 and has grown an inch since last year….how does he have adequate height? That’s a former bug for you…..

bostondawg

April 30th, 2010
6:52 pm

Given this young man has allegedly said he would help recruit other players to join him at whatever college he chooses, it is a very good sign that he will stick with his pledge.

DAWGLOVER

April 30th, 2010
6:53 pm

Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!! Congratulations young man. Welcome to UGA and hundreds of thousands new friends!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

April 30th, 2010
6:53 pm

toe meets leather – who cares? The answer is you care and you are dissapointed or you wouldn’t be on here the UGA vent. RIGHT I AM!!!!! Welcome aboard Chris and good luck in your senior year.

ugaaccountant

April 30th, 2010
6:53 pm

Welcome aboard. Great to have you.

dbc

April 30th, 2010
6:54 pm

Guess we’re stuck with Bobo now…

Worm

April 30th, 2010
6:54 pm

Take that, all you Bobo bashers!..way to go mike and coach richt!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

April 30th, 2010
6:55 pm

Hopefully, Christian, this won’t be one of your new thousands of friends! LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etMlNW5w-50

bulldogmaniac

April 30th, 2010
6:55 pm

Heck Yea!
Welcome aboard! Bring as many blue chippers with you as possible!
Wish we had more kids like you.

GEORGIA FAN

April 30th, 2010
6:56 pm

OK now please bring those other highly prospect aong with you

Dawgmess

April 30th, 2010
6:57 pm

Hotdiggidydawg! Welcome home, Christian.

I predict LG will announce his departure over the weekend.

fishook dawg

April 30th, 2010
6:58 pm

Welcome to Georgia Christian! Hopefully you can help bring some more superior talent with you and therefore another Championship!!!

never dull

April 30th, 2010
6:58 pm

Its been a good week for LeMay. No only has he finally picked a school, but he has grown an inch to 6′3″ and added 15 lbs–in one week. By time he enrolls, he should be as big and strong as Tebow.

TuckDAWG

April 30th, 2010
6:58 pm

Yes Sir its time to start gettin ready for our time welcome to the DAWG nation christian GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

redblood

April 30th, 2010
6:59 pm

UGA on a downward slide ? Best Days behind us? How can we compete with the fla, ala, lsu s of the world.

AC in Boulder

April 30th, 2010
6:59 pm

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!

GaDawg

April 30th, 2010
6:59 pm

Mr.LeMay,
Guard your integrity, in accordance with the Word of God, and he will bring Blessing and Prosperity on all the works of your hands.
Welcome to, as brother Ray used to sing……..”Georgia……..Georgia”

Buzz Kill

April 30th, 2010
7:00 pm

finally, dull? he’s a junior in hs.

mike young

April 30th, 2010
7:00 pm

It’s a great fit… sky’s the limit !! Big defense with Todd Grantham… Mark & Bobo can coach offense.. great young men in the pipeline.. Good luck Christian.. you’ll love your new home in Athens, Ga.

bardawg

April 30th, 2010
7:00 pm

Welcome, Welcome ,Christian to the bulldog nation ! Were awfully glad to have you coming to Athens God Bless & GO DAWGS!

McDawg

April 30th, 2010
7:00 pm

Hot diggitty dawg

i like how he said he is ready to compete-no prima donna’s here

Lizard King

April 30th, 2010
7:01 pm

Good choice for the kid. Almost a Chris Leak clone but more athletic, he will be your starter in 2011 as Murray will be merely a filler for this year. I’ve heard he has decent foot-speed but is not really a runner. He will be in Jax though, running for his life. C’mon you know I had to say SOMETHING! Back to the Rays game…

collegeballfan

April 30th, 2010
7:02 pm

Lets see, Murray will start for 4 years, then Hutson Mason for a year, and then Lemay can start for a year. Is there a possibility Mettenberger will be reinstated?

Or do you think Murray and Mason will just transfer? Lemay will be the starter on opening day 2011, right?

Bottom line, QB is far from the most important position on the team. I would have rather had the best left tackle in the country.

Richt really has a lot of problems.

how2fish

April 30th, 2010
7:03 pm

Congrats young man and WELCOME to the Bull Dog Nation!

HunkerDown27

April 30th, 2010
7:03 pm

Scaredstraight,

He enrolls in January and signing day is in Feb.

UGASUX

April 30th, 2010
7:03 pm

What a joke. I thought he was supposed to be a Christian. How many Clemson fans are in the “house”? How many more fools are going to let St Richt pull this religion card. If Ugag is such a Christian program why do they average an arrest per week?

how2fish

April 30th, 2010
7:04 pm

collegeballfan..could you be a bigger tool??

dd

April 30th, 2010
7:05 pm

I luv my DAWGS, but I’ll believe it when I see the fax in CMR’s hand on sgning day.