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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