Q&A: Christian LeMay doesn’t want to sit for 3 years at UGA

A Q&A WITH CHRISTIAN LEMAY . . .

Georgia nabbed one of the best quarterback prospects in the country this past Friday when Christian LeMay of Matthews, N.C., chose the Bulldogs from a top five that included Clemson, Texas A&M, Auburn and Notre Dame. I attended LeMay’s well-orchestrated and carefully-scripted announcement at his father’s church, Champion Christian Center, in Pineville, N.C. Hopefully you got a chance to read my initial news reports on that. But most of what you have already read in those accounts came from LeMay’s time on the podium in front of dozens of cameras and hundreds of people. I got the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with LeMay after the ceremony was over to get a little more detail on his decision, his thoughts about UGA and the recruiting process. Following is a Q&A from that brief but insightful session:

Q: Congratulations on reaching a decision, Christian. I thought it was an impressive ceremony. It looked like you fooled a lot of folks with your orange shirt and your early remarks about Clemson. Was that the plan?

A: “That was the point [laughs]. We were shopping this week I was sitting in the store looking at shirts and I was, like, ‘I’m going to throw them off with this.’ So I got an orange shirt. I thought it out. This one lady in my church, Ms. Cynthia, she actually went to Clemson and is a Clemson grad. She’s been telling me, ‘you need to go to Clemson; you need to go to Clemson.’ But I kept telling her, ‘I’ve got to listen to what God tells me.’ I was just having a little fun.”

Q: What was your first indication that Georgia would be your choice?

A: “God just put it in my heart. I was sitting there with my family as I was talking to Coach [Mark] Richt and I was thinking, ‘man, this really feels good.’ So I called him again and that was it. I could tell. It was like God was just telling me this is where you need to be.”

Q: When did you actually reach the decision?

A: “Wednesday of this week. Somebody said Georgia and it just put a smile on my face. And then Coach [Mike] Bobo and all the coaches came in [to visit] and that did it right there. I told Coach Richt on Monday, but I felt really good about it on Wednesday after other coaches came to my school. I just knew it couldn’t get any better than Georgia for me.”

Q: Obviously you’re a preacher’s son and religion plays a big role in your life. But which would you say was more prominent in your decision: Coach Richt’s Christian beliefs or his pro-style offense and the Bulldogs’ depth chart at quarterback?

A: “It was a mix of both, but it was mostly the off-field intangibles. Every school that offered me has great football, great academics, great everything. But it was all the other intangibles at Georgia that set them apart. I could tell by how the players acted. They weren’t acting crazy and out there randomly cussing and going off [at practice]. I’ve been around Florida and a lot of other places where that’s not the case. That right there got me and sold me. They’re really changing lives there. And also going out in the community and seeing how big an impact Coach Richt has on people. People are just really gravitating to his Christian faith and going with it.”

Q: You addressed your reasoning in “choosing a leader” rather than “making a commitment.” But is having an appointed leader mean your decision is any less secure than being committed?

A. “The term leader equals pretty much commitment. I’m committed to Georgia and I’m recruiting Georgia kids to come with me and play. So the only reason I didn’t say commitment is in case something crazy happens like there’s a Heisman Trophy winner at Georgia. Then I might not want to be there and sit for three years behind [Aaron] Murray. If that happens or if [offensive coordinator and quarterbacks] Coach [Mike] Bobo or Coach Richt were to leave. There are just a whole lot of things that would have to happen for me to not fulfill my leader/verbal commitment.”

Q: You spent most of your years in Gainesville, Fla., while your father was ministering to Florida football players and you were, understandably, a big-time fan of the Gators. So how difficult was it to eliminate Florida and pledge your services to a team that pretty much recruited you to beat the Gators?

A: “It wasn’t difficult at all. They took [Jeff] Driskell. And it was time for me to move on and go somewhere else. It will be a little different when we play them. But I’ll shake hands with Coach Urban [Meyer] and say ‘thank you for everything you’ve done for me and all the coaches.’  We’ll shake hands and go about our business and play ball.

Q: Yours has been a long and pretty intense recruitment. What are your emotions now that you’ve got this decision behind you?

A: “It feels great right now, just letting the world know I’m going to remain a Dawg and stay in the best colors in the world [Butler High is also the Bulldogs and their team colors are red and black].

144 comments Add your comment

Snellville Dawg

May 2nd, 2010
2:10 pm

Welcome to the Bulldog Nation!

1st?

Barkin'Dog

May 2nd, 2010
2:14 pm

This is a young man with his head on straight!! Welcome to Athens, Georgia!

bardawg

May 2nd, 2010
2:18 pm

Dawgforlife

May 2nd, 2010
2:21 pm

whatever team you root for, this is the kind of player you want on your team. I look forward to watching him in the red and black

So....

May 2nd, 2010
2:22 pm

Oh No…he called out Florida. That wasn’t too smart. He’s going to the right place for himself , for sure. I don’t think he’s gonna have to sit very long on the bench. But I’d stay away from saying anything about Florida. They are building one nasty defense and are once again the clear frontrunner for the top D Line recruit in the country. If they continue to recruit like that, they could have Bugs Bunny coaching them and be formidable.

bardawg

May 2nd, 2010
2:23 pm

I’ll reiterate what i posted the other day,we’re awfully glad to have as a part of the bulldawg nation,and I know you’ll do us proud.GO DAWGS! SIC EM>

UGABasketball

May 2nd, 2010
2:24 pm

Maybe you start in three years…get in line, right Gray? Do you play BB?

ratherBgambling

May 2nd, 2010
2:28 pm

Frank Lane

May 2nd, 2010
2:29 pm

good recruit in every way.

Tech man

May 2nd, 2010
2:37 pm

Sounds like a great kid. Congrats to you and UGA. See you on Saturdays in November!

Tdawg

May 2nd, 2010
2:46 pm

Yea we better get another QB or two. If Murray is as half as good as we hope he is, then LeMay just as good as told us he was going to bolt. I would love to have Christian on the team, but it seems to me that if Murray has a great season then we ain’t gonna get him. Never thought that competition would scare him off, now, not so sure.

Man up

May 2nd, 2010
2:48 pm

Glad he called out Florida. He’s speaking the truth. Are we so intimidated by the Gators that we don’t dare say anything bad about them. This stuff about…be careful, be very careful, they’ve got a nasty defense is self-fulfilling. If we’re scared, why even show up? Good for you, Christian.

mike young

May 2nd, 2010
2:49 pm

great kid.. outstanding fit at UGA..could redshirt one year if Murray does well !!.. Athens is a wonderful environment for student athletes.. we”ll recruit some offensive players to complement & Gratham’s defense will keep ‘em in good field position…. go Dawgs !!

Right.....

May 2nd, 2010
2:57 pm

“I could tell by how the players acted. They weren’t acting crazy and out there randomly cussing and going off…They’re really changing lives there. People are just really gravitating to his Christian faith and going with it.”

-Oh yes, most definitely, the players are going with it right to jail on an almost weekly basis. Translation: he is there for the lack of depth at QB, and will be smart to stay away from the “life changing” aspect that lands other players in trouble in Athens.

BDAWG

May 2nd, 2010
3:06 pm

Great recruit and I hope he can bring in some big time offensive talent with him. We do need to recruit bigger and more aggressive lineman. Maybe some of the other recruits will see that it is no reason to worry when CMR talks religion to them.If they would get that at home most of them would not end up at the police station. With great coaching, talent, common sense and God most of these recruits will find that success will come and they will handle it better.

TAG

May 2nd, 2010
3:17 pm

Wow, this kid talks to God as well? Wouldn’t God just tell him if “something crazy” was going to happen in the future?

Honest question: What was Stafford’s recruiting like? I remember everybody being excited but not to the point to where I got sick of hearing about him like I am with LeMay.

Delusional Dawg

May 2nd, 2010
3:22 pm

Man up, YOU might be glad he called Florida out but it might be better to walk softly and carry a big stick till you actually do something. Surprising somewhat seeing how his Dad was the team chaplin for UF. He might be a little too cocky right now for his own good. Playing in the SEC will solve that problem.

RAMBLINWRECK

May 2nd, 2010
3:23 pm

Congrats on getting an outstanding player once again. Seems like a good kid and a great player. I respect what CMR has done in athens and he is a great person as well. I think your fan base sometimes expects a bit much but who am i to judge. My one concern about getting two highly ranked qb’s such as murray and lemay, what happens if one is unhappy about not playing? Does one leave? I find it hard to believe that either one of those two guys will sit for 2 or 3 years if needed. When you are that highly touted, you usually expect to go to a school to start soon. Only time will tell. Good luck in 2010 until the big one in november.

Addett

May 2nd, 2010
3:30 pm

Murray playing like he did in Spring scrimmages—Lemay will be with UGA real soon. 2 td’s and 3 int’s over 3 spring games won’t win too many games, much less a Heisman trophy.

ozzie

May 2nd, 2010
3:34 pm

If UGA has a great season with Murray, you lose Lemay. If UGA has a bad season, Richt or Bobo gets fired and you lose Lemay. So Lemay won’t be at UGA folks.

Warren

May 2nd, 2010
3:36 pm

I agree, either way, Lemay’s not coming to Georgia. So let’s focus on the committed, like Murray. Moving on. Next.

buddha bear

May 2nd, 2010
3:39 pm

God cares so much about where someone decides to toss a football…..

Barkin'Dog

May 2nd, 2010
3:41 pm

ozzie – KEEP DREAMIN’ AND HOPING! WON’T HAPPEN.
Addett – One game does not make a season or a player. (Ask Mett).
Right… – alcohol related arrests happen on every campus, including athletes. Not like armed robbery or rape. These are kids pushing the envelope – and it closed up, got stamped and mailed for some of them.
RAMBLINWRECK – classy statement to your rival Dawg fans. Thanks for being one of the few.

WSP Dawg

May 2nd, 2010
3:42 pm

I am really fired up LeMay wants to be a Bulldog. Welcome Christian!

BUT
Does this statement worry anyone else:
“So the only reason I didn’t say commitment is in case something crazy happens like there’s a Heisman Trophy winner at Georgia. Then I might not want to be there and sit for three years behind [Aaron] Murray”

To me, I don’t expect Aaron to win the heisman next year, but I expect him to perform well. I also don’t expect LeMay to beat Aaron out Aaron’s junior year (LeMay’s reshirt freshman year)… Sounds like an issue there…

CONFEDERATE DAWG

May 2nd, 2010
3:43 pm

RIGHT…… YOU A VANDY FAN? OR DAVIDSON? B/C YOU AND ALL YOU OTHER BUMS ALWAYS CALLIN OUT UGA. PRETTY MUCH ANY TEAM TRYING TO WIN 10 GAMES EVERY YEAR HAS PROBLEMS WITH KIDS JUDGEMENT. HOW MANY COLLEGE KIDS YOU KNOW THAT AINT EVER DRANK A LILL TOO MUCH. ATLEAST AINT NO DAWGS EVER GOT CAUGHT USING A DEAD GIRLS CREDIT CARD. AND THE LEMAY DUDE SEEMS A LILL SUSPECT TO ME. DID GOD TELL YOU TO MAKE FUN OF CLEMSON AND WORRY BOUT AM. GOD BLESS CHRISTIAN CONLEY FOR NONE OF THE SAME LAME ASS STUNTS AND BS.

PUT THEM GAYTORS IN THE DIRT!

ONELOVE GA

1eyedJack

May 2nd, 2010
3:51 pm

If you want to go to a University that has aspirations of championships then you have to expect competition. If you’re goal is to start right away there are a lot of desperate schools happy to give you that chance.

1970 Dawg

May 2nd, 2010
3:54 pm

Techies, You guys are supposed to be so good in math, but I’ve read your comments more than once that UGA’s players are going to jail almost weekly. To make that easy for you that would be 52 arrests in a year. I think you might be overplaying this quite a bit. Huh? Fact is he was speaking about he saw at practice and in front the coaches. Why don’t you guys get another song or better yet, get another blog if you can’t make an intelligent comment. No we are not the Ga Tech Choirboys but we are probably average compared to most schools in young men who make stupid mistakes.
I also think it’s funny how you jealous posters keep downplaying this commitment. Glad to see it upsets you enough to make such negative comments

Bulldog59

May 2nd, 2010
4:00 pm

In a previous interview, Stacey Lemay said, after watching a couple of UGA practices this spring, Christian believed ZM was the QB to beat.

Hopefully Murray will play well this season, but CL will come in and compete.

If CMR holds to his comments from this past week, UGA will only recruit one QB this year, and CL is it.

ozzie

May 2nd, 2010
4:02 pm

Did you see Michael Jordan avoid North Carolina because he was afraid of the competition on the team and worried about playing time? No way. Jordan went out, against some of the best players on that team, played so well, they had to play him as freshman, and the rest is history. That’s what I’m looking for. Some have it, some don’t. Murray committed to Georgia AFTER Mettenberger. Competition didn’t scare him. And he went out and won the job.

Delbert D.

May 2nd, 2010
4:06 pm

Jack – Understanding that has to be part of his maturation process. From his comments, he needs some time to think about it.

college is forever

May 2nd, 2010
4:09 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com Don’t forget Mom get her a UGA classic tin lunchbox, then take her out to a nice sit down restaurant with real silverware and cloth napkins. Don’t be cheap and go to a drive thru. Go Dawgs!!!

hugedawgfan

May 2nd, 2010
4:10 pm

Welcome, Christian. It sounds like you are what your name implies, A CHRISTIAN. Glad to see some parents still raise their children to think of GOD first and seek out others like that to continue the rest of your life with. Glad to see UGA landed this great christian and fine upstanding young man. Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation, Christian. Look forward to following your career at the best school in the nation. May God continue to bless you, your family, and UGA. GOOOOOOOOOOOOO Dawgs, Sic ‘ em WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knute Rivers

May 2nd, 2010
4:11 pm

I think UGA has enough Christian athletes, let’s recruit some Pagans and see if we get better results….

Sid Jones

May 2nd, 2010
4:13 pm

My maturation process at UGA consisted of cheap beer and loose coeds, God I miss it….

Chuy Dawg

May 2nd, 2010
4:19 pm

Careful guys. So if Murray has an outstanding season, LeMay will look elsewhere. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pumped about LeMay’s potential commitment but his comments should not be overlooked.

Other top QB’s will now start overlooking UGA since Christian has named a “leader.” This could burn us if Murray indeed has a good year and LeMay looks elsewhere. This happened last year when we practically stopped recruiting WR’s because of Rogers “commitment.” We ended up scrambling in the last week prior to NSD to get another receiver.

I don’t know about you guys but I sure as hell hope UGA does not stop recruiting other top QB’s. Let’s not let the same mistake happen again.

GO DAWGS!!!!!

1eyedJack

May 2nd, 2010
4:21 pm

Well, if he was looking for some kind of inner and separate peace from the recruiting process, I’m afraid this announcement is not going to cause Dabo or Gene to cross him off the board or quit calling.

He needs to show his “commitment” now by helping to reel in a couple of high profile skill players for us.

Having said all that…all generalizations are false…including this one. Go DAWGS!!

Rev. Dan

May 2nd, 2010
4:25 pm

Beautiful, loves God and Football, UGA just landed a Tebow who can lead us to the promise-land, and when I referenced promise-land I was referring to football victories and not the Pearly Gates….

ozzie

May 2nd, 2010
4:25 pm

No way Richt stops recruiting QB with this kind of indecision from Lemay. No way Lemay will be able to get any recruits to come with him either when he’s not even sure he’s coming.

Aaron Murray, committed after Mett committed. Then Murray attended all the best camps and competed, and beat out the other QB’s, after he had already committed to Georgia. He had nothing to prove by attending those camps, but wasn’t afraid of competition. Murray’s firm commitment attracted Olson, who was persuaded to commit to Georgia after Murray worked on him for a while. Murray is impressive, and committed.

Chuy Dawg

May 2nd, 2010
4:27 pm

The real question is;
Why would other top prospects commit to UGA if Lemay himself is not fully committed to UGA? In my opinion, this could hurt UGA recruiting more than help it.

Delbert D.

May 2nd, 2010
4:28 pm

The may be some Druids remaining in Druid Hills.

Chuy Dawg

May 2nd, 2010
4:28 pm

Great point Ozzie, that’s exactly what I’m talking about.

1eyedJack

May 2nd, 2010
4:42 pm

Being a man that has been tested by God, again and again, and still believes, I feel good about his faith and if that makes him feel more comfortable in the Georgia family so be it.

However, I really don’t care if he sacrifices live chickens, dances by the moonlight at the summer solstice and comes to practice with a bone in his nose as long as he is a “DAWG” in his heart….and he keeps his nose clean.

His actions between now and January will show us his “commitment”. Now as for us…all we can really do is watch and wait.

Delbert D.

May 2nd, 2010
4:45 pm

Jack – Good post.

1eyedJack

May 2nd, 2010
5:01 pm

Thanks Delbert ;)

Me

May 2nd, 2010
5:13 pm

So the kid goes out and buys an orange shirt and then plans and orchestrates a way to tease and taunt the Clemson fans. All in good fun of course, unless you happen to be a Clemson fan. Not exactly a felony but certainly curious from someone who claims he talks to and lives thru God. Whatever happened to “the humble shall inherit the earth”?? Maybe the humble just don’t want it anymore…

Flo-Ri-Duh!

May 2nd, 2010
5:27 pm

Chris LeMay will be a Bulldog and won’t have to wait 3 years. Either Murray will be very good and turn pro after starting 3 years or LeMay will beat him out. Either way UGA will be strong at QB for the next 4 years. I’m still hoping that Nick Marshall will commit because he has a lot of talent.

Barkin'Dog

May 2nd, 2010
5:31 pm

Hey Mini-ME… ever heard that God has a sense of humor. I’m sure Christian has. What’s a little fun got to do with one’s conviction in the Lord? Even Jesus Christ himself had his moments of teasing.

I’ve heard his Christianity questioned 3 times in these blogs (maybe all by you) about him and his Clemson colors. Get a life, fool. This is not an issue.

Barkin'Dog

May 2nd, 2010
5:33 pm

And it’s the “MEEK who shall inherit the earth,” not the humble. There is a difference.

Reality

May 2nd, 2010
5:34 pm

bowsie – wowsie.

sandyspringsjacket

May 2nd, 2010
5:53 pm

This kid LeMay is a flake and will never make it at CMR christian academy. Hutson will transfer to GSU and THUGA will be in big QB trouble. I get real tired of hearing about CMR and his beliefs and what he does for his players and then year after year a half dozen players are arrested or kicked off the team. Dream team, make me laugh, desperation city! Best recruiting class in SEC(2010 excepted) every year and not much to show for it year after year, Saban, Myers and even clueless Les have won NC while CMR keeps preaching.
THWG, go Jackets.