C.J. Uzomah: LeMay decision does not rule out Georgia

A dapper-looking C.J. Uzomah smiles at the U.S. Army All-America luncheon Monday at Fox Sports Grill. (Photo by Chip Towers)

A dapper-looking C.J. Uzomah smiles at the U.S. Army All-America luncheon Monday at Fox Sports Grill. (Photo by Chip Towers)

North Gwinnett quarterback C.J. Uzomah said Monday that Georgia remains a serious contender for his services despite last Friday’s news that bluechip prospect Christian LeMay has already accepted a scholarship offer from the Bulldogs.

Uzomah, arguably the top quarterback in Georgia this year, has long held a scholarship offer from the Bulldogs. So has Wilcox County’s Nick Marshall, Uzomah’s chief competition as the state’s best of the best. LeMay, of Matthews, N.C., is the No. 2-ranked quarterback in America per Scout.com.

Georgia coach Mark Richt has been quoted as saying the Bulldogs do not plan to sign more than one quarterback in the Class of 2011. But it’s Uzomah’s understanding they might sign two quarterbacks now that the status of backup Logan Gray has become murky.

“As far as LeMay committing, he is a great quarterback and everything. As far as affecting my decision, it might a little bit,” said Uzomah, one of 22 Georgia players who earned U.S. Army All-America nominations on Monday at the Fox Sports Grill at Atlantic Station. “But I highly doubt it because football is all about competition, especially at quarterback. Playing quarterback, not everybody in the nation can do it. As my dad says, if it was easy everybody would do it. Competition breeds athletes. So I don’t think it will be that big of a factor for me.”

Uzomah has the luxury of being able to pick and choose. The 6-foot-6 (yes, he has grown an inch since last season), 240-pound  signal-caller has 18 scholarship offers to date, most all of them of the major college football power variety.

A recent story on a recruiting website listed a top six of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Miami and Kentucky for Uzomah. But he said Monday he hasn’t yet reached the point of whittling down to finalists.

“I don’t have a top-whatever right now,” Uzomah said. “But I do plan to have one hopefully soon, maybe by the end of spring practice. I’d like to narrow it down to three or a little bit more manageable number. I would like to make a commitment before the season because I want to focus on my senior season. That’s where I am right now.”

One thing that is changed is that everybody is now recruiting Uzomah strictly as a quarterback. A one-time wide receiver/tight end, he was once labeled as the proverbial “athlete.”

Meanwhile, it has been a little bit harder to get a read on Marshall, who led Wilcox County to the Class A state championship last fall. Marshall could not be reached Monday but his coach, Mark Ledford, said his quarterback was aware of LeMay’s decision and was largely unaffected by it.

“I told him he was probably going to get some calls about this and he said he didn’t have anything to say,” Ledford said Monday. “I asked him what he thought about it and he just said, ‘OK.’”

Marshall’s situation is even more complicated by the fact that he also holds multiple scholarship offers as a guard in basketball. Georgia, Florida State and several other schools have offered him in both sports.

“That’s one of his problems,” Ledford said. “He’s still got to decide what he wants to do in college and he’s not there yet.”

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102 comments Add your comment

mike young

May 3rd, 2010
5:34 pm

St Richt is right.. Athens is a great place.. almost every state has a major University in a nice college town.. it’s cool to stay in your home State.. play where you know people.. family can come to see you play !!!

TuckDAWG

May 3rd, 2010
5:35 pm

St> Richt you sir are a dumba@# how can UGA know Mett was gonna have a lapse in judgement or any of the other guys were just gonna be regular college kids and get in trouble for drinking. Heaven for bid anybody has a good time these guys made mistakes and paid for them in mett’s case dearly so to sum up kids make mistakes you are a poser dork that belongs on north ave. pretending you can carry anybody from UGA’s jock Peace im out!! GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

St. Richt

May 3rd, 2010
5:36 pm

I am just kidding, every school has there issues. Not just UGA

VolinSuwanee

May 3rd, 2010
5:36 pm

the two first comments speak volumes about their authors. Great article about a fine young man who deserves to not be judged by the actions of others. CJ, take your time and make the decision that is best for you and your family. I look forward to watching you play this fall at NGHS.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

May 3rd, 2010
5:37 pm

HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ViningsDawg

May 3rd, 2010
5:38 pm

Uzomah will be an Auburn Tiger. He loves the Auburn offense.

DTC

May 3rd, 2010
5:39 pm

Zach has enough problems without people impersonating him, in his name, making derogatory comments. The young man made a mistake. The young lady is satisfied with the punishment. Leave him along. I can only imagine the kinds of mistakes you have made to judge him like this.
The good thing about Uzomah is that he could possible play 2-3 different positions and still be a back-up qg for GA, if, that was something he would consider. GA is known for turning out very good tightends and needs good athletes that are as versatile as Uzomah seems to be.

Dunston

May 3rd, 2010
5:40 pm

Richt’s track record with QB’s and being a pipeline to the NFL. The 2 Heisman trophy winning QB’s and the 3rd QB that finished #2 for the Heisman is impressive, but so are the over 60+ guys Richt has helped get to the NFL (#2 in the Nation over decade). 90 wins in 9 seasons in the SEC–the only active coach to get to 90 in 9. Stafford’s guaranteed $50 mill and going #1 in the NFL draft ain’t bad either. The NFL LOVES Mark Richt.

When you add Richt’s character and manner, that’s what makes Richt so attractive.

I like CJ’s attitude towards competition, that’s what the great ones do, they don’t fear anybody, and they don’t back down.

Not sure CJ is decisive enough to be great. The ones who take forever to narrow down, they don’t know who they are, don’t know their values. If you know yourself well, it makes the decision quick and easy.

Sven Ottke

May 3rd, 2010
5:53 pm

The LeMay commit will damage Georgia’s chance of getting anymore QB commits. None of the top will commit.

Ralph

May 3rd, 2010
6:01 pm

The guys who wait, will let all the best QB’s get the best schools, so they’re missing out. They’ll get the leftovers. None of the big schools want to play games and wait on a guy, they want the guy to be a leader, declare early, commit, and bring some guys with him. Richt’s not gonna wait on guys this year after what happened with Da Rick. He’s looking for non fence sitters.

“maybe” = “no”.

I wonder?

May 3rd, 2010
6:10 pm

There has to be more to the story than just a boy grabbing a girls breast and butt! The girl must be a Florida fan, and that is why she pressed charges. I mean come on! Just for grabbing a girl. I know what he did was wrong, and I would expect him to be punished, but that judgement is going way overboard. I guess he should have grabbed a girl in Macon instead of Valdosda. In Macon it must be ok with the police to grab girls. There QB’s do it and get away with it.

RomeDawg

May 3rd, 2010
6:12 pm

Uzomah is a big kid. I would like to see him in UGA’s pro offense, not that gimmicky crap Auburn runs. I like what he says about “competition at QB” but does he really mean it?

Dawg man

May 3rd, 2010
6:18 pm

Come to UGA, it will be great to see 4 superstar qbs start at the same time!!!!

Delbert D.

May 3rd, 2010
6:18 pm

“Georgia is my current leader” = “maybe yes”? Mr. Uzomah seems to put more serious thought into the decision than Mr. LeMay.

Barack Dawg

May 3rd, 2010
6:20 pm

I wonder? – you must be a moron — because anyone who does what he did deserves the punishment he received. No means No does it not? I am glad to see him step and take responsibility and I think he can recover. What if it had been your daughter or your sister?

He only got probation – that is it — how is that overboard.

wanderer

May 3rd, 2010
6:29 pm

Enter your comments here

north ga dawg

May 3rd, 2010
6:31 pm

Both should come to uga play in the pro style qb by commity and go 1 and 2 in the draft 4 or 5 yrs from now working together works don’t u think

wanderer

May 3rd, 2010
6:31 pm

I wonder? Are you as intelligent as the post that you just made?

Savannah Dawg

May 3rd, 2010
6:34 pm

Why wouldn’t Richt just come out and say Mett was kicked off the team for assaulting a girl?

I have a feeling that if another QB commits to the Dawgs that LeMay will bolt to Clemson and leave the dawgs screwed at the last minute. Remember DaRick??

CatsFly

May 3rd, 2010
6:39 pm

UGa’s verbal commitments are a real hoot! They are all such fine, straightforward and focused young men, who definitely know what they think they want.

mike young

May 3rd, 2010
6:44 pm

cat’s fly were did you go ??? why are you on UGA ?? these are 16 year old kids.. you are you ???

collegeballfan

May 3rd, 2010
6:49 pm

“Georgia coach Mark Richt has been quoted as saying the Bulldogs does not plan to sign more than one quarterback in the Class of 2011.”

The question is what was Lemay told. If he was told UGA was only going to sign one QB and they sign two, is LeMay out?

LeMay is smart to call it a “leader” and not a “commitment”.

Reality

May 3rd, 2010
6:58 pm

There goes Chip again, deleteing any post that has ANYTHING negative to say about uga. Blah, blah. He has made this a USELESS blog. Rah, rah, go uga.

For a reporter that is supposed to report on RECRUITING, why does he ONLY report on uga?

Clipboard Joe

May 3rd, 2010
7:01 pm

Mark Richt needs more clipboard toter’s to help Boo BOO bottom line…..

ClinchPanther

May 3rd, 2010
7:02 pm

any qb who list kentucky ahead of UGA we do not need.

comments are closed

May 3rd, 2010
7:03 pm

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St. Richt

May 3rd, 2010
7:04 pm

Again, CMR, leader of men. I love how the Chipster keeps deleting my comments and he’s also probably the one stealing my handle above. I love how the AJC is trying to keep the negativity to a minimum. Sweep it under the rug. If it weren’t for the sexual assault CMR would have slapped him on the wrist and maybe suspended him for a half.

CrzyAce

May 3rd, 2010
7:05 pm

Do my eyes deceive me…”Barack Dawg”? I wasn’t aware any dawg fans voted for Barack?
But I digress, back to football. Uzomah won’t be coming to Athens. UGA does sign two QBs though and it will be with Nick Marshall. Murray starts for the next three years (won’t be leaving early for the NFL). Mason is redshirted this year unless Murray has an injury. Then Mason will start his junior and senior year. Meaning that unless another QB believes he can top LeMay he won’t seriously consider the dawgs. That gets us at least 7 years down the road.

Chipped Tires

May 3rd, 2010
7:06 pm

I cant believe it….. Bill King has banned me….. Talk about censorship without warning… sheesh….

St. Richt

May 3rd, 2010
7:07 pm

Yeah, Reality, they’ve deleted my posts everywhere. And only 1 of them might have been considered inappropriate. There is a double standard on this blog- Georgia fans can say anything they want regardless of how stupid it or degrading it is. Any others are subject to have comments deleted if it upsets the writer in any way.

I wonder?

May 3rd, 2010
7:07 pm

Barack Dawg,,, stop using a Dawg name on your post,,, trying to make everyone think you are a Dawg fan. We all know what team you are a fan of. And also, you know I am right.

St. Richt

May 3rd, 2010
7:08 pm

Lets see how long this one lasts- hey Chip and Bill(Uncle Jessie): insert picture of middle finger being extended.

Sad Richards

May 3rd, 2010
7:10 pm

Dawg Stephen started this crap on banning……. booooooooooooooooo

DaRick ll

May 3rd, 2010
7:12 pm

Verbal commitments or leaders doesnt mean squat………

Iowa corn fed dawg boys

May 3rd, 2010
7:19 pm

When is UGA gonna start recruiting some corn fed boys?????

Belly touches ,grabbers and floor slammers

May 3rd, 2010
7:23 pm

T Sturdivant is very lucky to still be on the team. If that belly touching incident happened in Valdosta he would be just like the Zach man.

mcdawghna

May 3rd, 2010
7:24 pm

PLEASE READ!!!!!!To all you doubters of Bobo and his decisions!!!!!!!!! Lets state the facts, and although I’m not a huge fan, think about it!,…….David Green, all time winningest QB in NCAA history before Colt, DJ Shockley, SEC champion, Matt Stafford was an NFL first rounder, and as bad as I hate to say it, even J Cox averaged 29 pts a game and threw for 25 TD’s……I know, the ints were bad, but think about it……., now we have Murray, and Mr LeMay in the wings……things are’nt so bad………….We’ll be fine and great things to come………even as much as we talk about him, we’ve been pretty successful………and apparrently, top tier QB’s think highly of him too!

Brainiac(Lifelong Dawg Fan)

May 3rd, 2010
7:29 pm

I Wonder: and don’t forget Milledgeville police especially if you are a bigtime NFL star.

Brainiac(Lifelong Dawg Fan)

May 3rd, 2010
7:36 pm

St. Richt: You got the wrong coach. Urban is your boy if you want assault and battery,eye gouging linebackers put in the penalty box for 15 minutes. You need to get a life boy!

Brainiac(Lifelong Dawg Fan)

May 3rd, 2010
7:38 pm

St. Richt: If you don’t like the way you are treated on this blog don’t let the door hit……………..

Gerald

May 3rd, 2010
7:39 pm

Auburn’s spread offense is a much better fit for Uzomah’s game. Also, Uzomah can play right away. He would back up Cameron Newton as a true freshman and take over as a true sophomore. UGA really is better off going after more polished dropback passers like Stafford and LeMay than the raw dual threat athletes. The D.J. Shockley fiasco shows that Richt has no idea what to do with the latter.

he's gone like a Fox

May 3rd, 2010
7:44 pm

why would he consider sitting for four years, these kids don’t want to compete they want a promise to start. in the end they all pull a D’Rick.

RomeDawg

May 3rd, 2010
8:04 pm

Gerald,

Although Richt didn’t initially seem to know how to handle 2 very talented quarterbacks (Greene and Shockley), in the end one went on to have the most wins of any QB of all time and the other won the SEC in his only year of starting. Both went on to the NFL so….although I agree that Auburn maybe better for a dual threat QB I still think Richt does a good job of coaching either.

Reality, I think Chip is nicely giving you a clue that you are somehow slow to catch on to.

Ra'Dick Rogers

May 3rd, 2010
8:10 pm

Anyone concerned that we have so few offers out to Defensive Tackles? I thought one of Grantham’s big concerns was not having the prototypical “Nose” for the 3-4. Who is the recruit that we are targeting to fit that bill? Gabriel Wright, Marquise Wright, and Lonnie Gosha are the only DT’s we have offered. Tuitt could fit the bill with his 260lb frame, but I think the true BIG DT is coveted by Grantham? Anyone?

SickandTired

May 3rd, 2010
8:15 pm

Mark Richt is such a great man. He is the one. The chosen one. If I had a son that played QB I’d want to send him to Mark Richt. He has such great values, he teaches his players so well about life and how to handle yourself around downtown Athens and to be an ambassador for UGA when you go out of town. He teaches them to stay away from drugs and alcohol, and to always make sure that your drivers license is up to date and currently no suspended. He teaches them that if you come to UGA, and he’s promised you that he’ll keep a smile on your face that he’ll play you to keep his word and cost his team a national championship if that’s what it takes. Mark Richt a good man.
Georgia: The Wisconsin of the SEC
Georgia deserves better.

BE#3

May 3rd, 2010
8:22 pm

Good story on a good kid. Met him at a recruiting reception on the field before a game last year. Kid’s got a good head on his shoulder. I’d love to see him in Athens as a Dawg but wish him nothing but the best if he goes elsewhere.

Tim

May 3rd, 2010
8:30 pm

He doesn’t want to go to auburn its the most racist campus in the us.

Delbert D.

May 3rd, 2010
8:42 pm

C. J. Uzomah, QB 6′5″ 235 lbs. 4.75 – 40 Position Rank #14, Pos. Rating 4 stars Class of 2011

Per current info on Scout.com

Red&Black

May 3rd, 2010
8:47 pm

Uzomah – unfortunately you’d likely end up like Gray. Three years from now, you’d be asking yourself why you made such a horrendous decision. I love the Dawgs and would love to see you playing for my BullDawgs like you currently play for the NG Bulldogs…but that would be selfish on my part. Go where you have a chance to play often and long!!! You will get much more satisfaction out of that than playing periodically if ever. Here is hoping a top tiered Georgia high school QB will land somewhere and have a chance at playing in the NFL in the future.

DAWGLOVER

May 3rd, 2010
8:50 pm

I don’t know why, but I continue to be amazed by the number of posters who use poor English, sentence structure, etc……I suppose it is indicative of the LACK of education some have. Many pretend to boast academics when they have no clue.
C.J. – Good luck on making a decision on what is best for you and what will make you happy. With your size, QB seems the ideal position but WR would not be bad at all! One aspect of recruiting that should loom large in all young men, is the life lessons classes that Coach Richt teaches the seniors, and the climate he creates for those who want to take advantage of it. Some misuse it and show their immaturity, which is to be expected when dealing with this many young men.
Accepting responsibility for our individual actions is something we have to do all our lives. For some, it starts earlier than they realize.
College is a major step in ones life toward responsible decision making. Realize it, and in turn, use it to your benefit.
Come to UGA and have a leg up on these lessons if you really want that.