Christian LeMay to forgo senior season and prepare for Georgia

Christian LeMay will not have a senior football season in high school. Instead he will complete high school graduation requirements "in a private setting" and enroll at UGA in January, according to his father.

Christian LeMay will not have a senior football season in high school. Instead he will complete high school graduation requirements "in a private setting" and enroll at UGA in January, according to his father.

NOTE: There will be no Ten@10 today. It will run tomorrow instead.

In the end, Christian LeMay and his family didn’t like any of their options. So they chose “none of the above.”

LeMay, a five-star quarterback from Butler High School in Matthews, N.C., who committed to the University of Georgia on April 30, has decided to forgo his senior year of high school to complete graduation requirements “in a private setting,” according to his father. He will not play football other than to prepare for his college career with private trainers.

Pastor Stacy LeMay told the AJC Monday night his son was unsuccessful in his appeal of a 30-day suspension from school for an undisclosed violation of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools code of conduct. The LeMays have never disclosed the nature of that “youthful indiscretion” but insist it “does not involve drugs, weapons or any form of violence.”

Accepting the suspension and the requisite placement in an alternative school would have meant missing all but the final month of the regular season in football and delaying graduation, Stacy LeMay said.

“Adhering to such a severe ruling would not only prevent Christian from playing until November due to the 10-day conditioning rule, but it would also hinder him academically as the alternative school does not provide the required classes needed for him to finish in the fall of 2010 and move on to the University of Georgia in January,” Stacy LeMay said in statement sent to selected media outlets late Monday night.

The family explored the possibility of transferring to other schools, including Byrnes High in South Carolina and Victory Christian Center in Charlotte. But Mr. LeMay said his son “could not imagine playing his senior season at any place other than with his brother Uriah and his teammates at Butler High School.”

Mr. LeMay would not say whether his son had been assured his admission to Georgia with his freshman eligibility intact.

LeMay led Butler to a 15-0 record as a junior quarterback last season. He passed for 3,296 yards with 44 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Those stats helped LeMay earn a five-star ranking from Scout.com. Both Scout and Rivals have him rated as the No. 3 quarterback in America and The Sporting News ranks him No. 1.

LeMay chose Georgia from an offer sheet of more than 35 schools, including finalists Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame and Texas A&M.

No members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools could be reached late Monday night.

Following is a statement sent out Monday night from the LeMay family:

We first want to thank all of those who have supported our family during this time. The emails, letters, text and words of encouragement have been life fueling from supporters of Christian both locally and nationwide. Specifically we want to thank UGA 2011 class recruits Christian Conley and Ray Drew for standing with our son and contacting him daily and Panthers wide receicver Kenny Moore and quarterback training coach Steve Calhoun for working him out over the summer. Also, The Sporting News and all the other recruiting networks that maintained Christian’s national ranking on their boards.

As a result of Christian’s youthful infraction (that does not involve drugs weapons or any form of violence), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools imposed a severe punishment on our son in which we appealed to their highest form of due process. On July 26, the CMS board maintained the merciless ruling of a 40-day reassignment to an alternative school, “to possibly be reviewed in 30 days.” [That would have been] in addition to a four-day suspension already served. The ruling also states that after completing the reassignment he could “possibly” return to Butler. Meaning it is “possible” that he could NOT return to Butler. Adhering to such a severe ruling would not only prevent Christian from playing until November due to the ten day conditioning rule (if he returned to Butler), but it would also hinder him academically as the alternative school does not provide the required classes needed for him to finish in the fall of 2010 and move on to the University of Georgia in January.

Given the unwillingness of CMS to apply a more reasonable consequence for such a youthful infraction, as disheartening as it is, we must make the decision to move on and focus Christian’s attention to preparing for enrollment at the University of Georgia in January. Although rumors suggest that Christian would likely transfer to one of the excellent programs such as S.C. Byrnes, South Point, Greensboro Dudley and even Victory Christian Center, Christian could not imagine playing his senior season at any place other then with his brother Uriah and his teammates at Butler High School.

Therefore, having come to resolve that following the CMS consequence would not accomplish “student achievement” for Christian. We as a family have concluded that he will forgo his senior football season and focus on his preparation to attend the University of Georgia. We are quite honored that other colleges continue to show strong interest in Christian attending their school. However, we have continued healthy communications with UGA coaches and the commitment remains the same on both ends.

Christian will now prepare himself for the next season of his life as he takes this time to become stronger spiritually, academically and physically. With the help of fitness trainer Andy Hendel of CrossFit Charlotte and quarterback coach Steve Calhoun of Armed and Dangerous, Christian will certainly be prepared to arrive in Georgia this spring ready to compete. We are fully confident that his best days are still yet to come. GO BULLDOGS!!!

The LeMay Family

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Ray Drew?

August 17th, 2010
12:32 am

So I know I just overlooked the bulk of this article, but I can’t help but notice Lemay’s mention of Ray Drew. Sounds like he has a close friend pulling him towards UGA. It isn’t anything concrete, but it can only help.

As for the rest of the article…sucks all the way around for everyone involved. He will have a year or two to prepare at UGA though.

LeftCoastDawg

August 17th, 2010
12:34 am

That’s odd!

boots

August 17th, 2010
12:44 am

Weird turn of events. This whole thing is strange, but I trust CMR. He does the right thing, and I am not stressing about it.

timmy

August 17th, 2010
12:49 am

30 day suspension for violating school rules…we sure he’s not already in athens?

Spin Cycle

August 17th, 2010
1:08 am

Christian and Uriah? No wonder this kid’s family loves St Richt. Dawg Nation, start spinning how this is better for him than actually playing his senior season of football.

RESIGN OR RE-SIGN?

August 17th, 2010
1:16 am

Sounds like another Quincy Carter to me; all high school hype. He could have played a month with his beloved brother an teamates if he wanted to. Here comes more trouble for CMR!

GTax

August 17th, 2010
1:20 am

That’s interesting. Good luck to him. He’ll be awful rusty upon showing up at UGA.

Andrew

August 17th, 2010
1:22 am

Yeah you are a moron. The reason the Family chose not to take a suspension is because it is the best option for him….Not worth the risk when he has bigger things to accomplish down the road

gadawgfan0711

August 17th, 2010
1:29 am

Working with a trainer will keep him in top shape. His mechanics will be better working with the qb coach then they would have been by working with his high school coaches. The only negative is the game time that he will miss. Everything will be ok if he can enroll in January. Why everyone keeps bashing the kid for the infraction that he commited is beyond me. How this translates to being another Quincy Carter i don’t know. He made out with a girl, what guy hasn’t besides Tech students. Picked the wrong place and was caught. 30 days was way to harsh, stupid school will miss him. All his teamates have good things to say about him. Real UGA fans can’t wait to see you enrolled CL!!! Go Dogs!!

fayncdawg

August 17th, 2010
1:37 am

You know, the whole thing is a bit odd. I do commend the LeMay family for not playing the race card or calling Jesse Jackson.

Hunker Down

August 17th, 2010
1:42 am

I certainly do not have privy to all the info and insight into the situation but from the outside looking in CMS seems to want to make a point of who is in power instead of what is best in the situation. A kid who had no prior issues what so ever seems to be punished rather harshly by the CMS. It is a shame that Christian has had to make the decision that he is as working out and being trained certainly has it merits but hard to replace Friday night games. Hope The Lemays know that the Bulldog Nation is behind you and supporting you. It is great to see other athletes rally around and support Christian. Good luck and look forward to seeing you enroll at UGA. Go Dawgs!

Something doesn't sound right...

August 17th, 2010
1:43 am

Wish this kid the best of luck and hope his “youthful infraction” is as minor as his father seems to believe.

Seems we are getting too many long statements from his father. If he had not tried to build him into a teenage saint earlier this situation would not appear so strange. Is he going to be preparing for UGA or is that just another step in his preparation for the NFL. I like for kids to have that swagger and confidence that they will make the pros, but if they get a UGA scholarship I want them focused on UGA.

Hope he can get to Athens and gain some real maturity away from his family who with very good intentions may be doing him some harm.

SEC TRUTH DETECTION

August 17th, 2010
2:02 am

If every other kid is held to this standard of punishment, there is no problem. It sounds like the kid and his “minister” father are one of these families whom the rules do not apply.

If I were UGA I would have a serious problem with the way the NCAA is scrutinizing everything these
days. Anything inappropriate whether it is grades, academics, gifts., trips and testing….as Lee Corso would say…not so fast my friend…I would keep one eye on this kid and his Pimp Father.

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No FB This Year?

August 17th, 2010
2:40 am

Taking a year off will make for some serious rust.
This whole situation is just weird. The QB situation
in Athens could remain unclear for years if things
dont change.

dawgfan

August 17th, 2010
3:53 am

Christian, keep working hard. The negative comments are not from real Dawg fans. Can’t wait to see you in Athens in Sanford stadium in fron of 93K fans competing for wins. Good luck and may God continue to bless you and your family. Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

raymond

August 17th, 2010
6:05 am

This is really screwed up. Obviously football is the biggest thing in his and his parents life. Skipping your senior year means missing out on some valuable experiences that he will regret missing.

Elliot Garcia

August 17th, 2010
6:21 am

LeMay will accelerate the firing of Richt…..if he ever even make it to campus….

dawgfan

August 17th, 2010
6:25 am

Looks like the Techies are starting early with the smear campaign on this young man. This might be a record. The kid hasn’t even started his senior year in HIGH SCHOOL. Anyway, you get the strong impression that Techies want these young men to fail. Techies are classless sore loser scumbags.

aw

August 17th, 2010
6:31 am

I was trying to figure out why this kid picked the reform school in Athens, and now I know…..The school is right up his alley..Who ever heard of a kid skipping his last year of high school..Will this start a new trend for the woof woof nation? TUNE IN NEXT WEEK FOR THE NEXT STORY TO BE SWEPT UNDER THE TABLE FOR THE BULLDOG NATION…Will this kid have a special entrance exam?

jackie

August 17th, 2010
6:35 am

Dump the young man now. He and his super ego father will be more trouble and disruption to a football program than he will ever be worth.

Spike

August 17th, 2010
6:39 am

I hope all this works out for this guy and UGA. If he loved his team so much why not play with them in November? And by the way nerds, Tech has lost five bowl games in a row!! Five!!

Welcome to Georgia!

August 17th, 2010
6:42 am

This world is so weird. Looks like the LeMay family is trying to make the best of a bad situation. Looks like UGA and his football career there is very important to them. I say it’s time to forgive and move on. The young man made a mistake and looks like he has had to pay for that mistake. I pray this will be a stepping stone to greater things in his life. I want to say to Christian LeMay … “Welcome to Georgia”.

TampaGator

August 17th, 2010
6:57 am

When a school system sends a student to an alternative school, the student offense was serious. But as a parent, I would not want my child exposed to an alternative school culture and/or environment….it would not help him socially, emotionally, or academically. It was a tough decision for the family, but probably the best one for him long term. You have to also wonder if the decision was prompted by the schools of choice denying him admission (?) Being out of football for one year is not going to make him a better player however.

Davey Boy Smith

August 17th, 2010
6:59 am

What the heck did the kid do? If anyone will think back, Michael Grant was denied admission to UGA for a ‘youthful indescretion’ on campus at his high school.

The LeMay’s should probably look at other universities, because the UGA admissions folks have denied several recruits for ‘youthful indescretions’ over the last few years.

lagadawg

August 17th, 2010
7:05 am

Players get hurt and have to miss a season all the time and the next season have a great year. If he is being coached up the season he misses,I see nothing but good that can come from this.

dt4c

August 17th, 2010
7:11 am

High school football is just a waste of time anyway. He and UGA will be MUCH better off with him training to prepare him for college. Government schools do nothing but get in the way of development anyway.

Reality

August 17th, 2010
7:21 am

Yep, looks like he’ll fit right in at GA.

Buzz

August 17th, 2010
7:23 am

Seems like the kind of kid that will fit right in at UGA.

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points

August 17th, 2010
7:23 am

((((((((((((((((((((((41-17))))))))))))))))

bad apple dawg

August 17th, 2010
7:29 am

Wouldnt surprise me if McGarity tells Richt to give this kid the boot. Sounds like this kid’s daddy could be trouble.

PhoneDawg

August 17th, 2010
7:30 am

I’ll just address this to the non-Dawgs that always seem to have time at 3:00 am to invade and blog on sites covering stories about the University of Georgia. All informed UGA fans know what’s going on – why he is not going to the so-called alternative school, why he is not playing football this fall, that the offense was NOT serious (just another example of ‘zero tolerance’ rules in government schools), that he is attending a private school so he can still graduate early and enroll at UGA in January, and that his father is supporting his son but has NEVER made any excuses for him. Both Christian LeMay and his father accepted responsibility, took the blame, and are moving on in his best interests. Only two of you need addressing personally – Elliott Garcia, you are an idiot. And “SEC Truth Detection”, you are low-rent and classless, you are the one who is lower than a Pimp. Reverend LeMay has merely supported his son like a great father should.

bad apple dawg

August 17th, 2010
7:33 am

This Kid’s dad is another Craig James. Mark it down !

Look closer

August 17th, 2010
7:34 am

I dont care if his father is a minister, this family seems very self centric and attention seeking. The kid has trouble written all over him.

I know there will be many, probably every, dog fan who will come up with many excuses as to why this isn’t a big deal and how there’s no issues to be concerned about. Let me just say this though…Sometimes your loyalty to your team/school prevents you from seeing what’s glaringly right in front of you. All you have to do is go back one year and see how many Vol fans turned a blind eye to the jackass that was glaringly right in front of them and they refused to never see Lane Kiffin for what he really was even though it was pretty apparent.

RomeDawg

August 17th, 2010
7:38 am

Why do people continue to “question” the LeMay family’s decision to pull him from school? After reading their letter, it makes perfect sense. He is not guaranteed admittance even after completing his time in alternative school. Furthermore, he would be behind on his ability to start college on time due to the school system’s inability to provide the classes he needs while in alternative school. Clearly he used bad judgment with this “infraction”, but he can’t let it continue to delay his ability to grow into a college student and athlete.

Why are people not questioning the school system’s inability to not provide the courses he needs while in alternative school. Great kids make bad decisions and not providing the educational needs they may have while serving their time for punishment is narrow minded.

Also, kudos to Christian for not “jumping ship” to the next team and understanding loyalty and commitment and not running from the punishment.

For all of the “classy” Tech folks, remember you are speaking of a 17 year old kid. A kid that is gonna continue the tradition of RUNNING THIS STATE.

savannahdawg 1

August 17th, 2010
7:39 am

I have not seen anyone say the real reason he’s in trouble — I have a friend in charlotte that says he and a teacher were having relations! If true it would explain the secrecy

tom

August 17th, 2010
7:40 am

I love the guy who said he got in trouble for “making out” with a girl at the wrong place. Really? U think that’s what happened? Kid was gettin a blowey on school grounds. A month suspension should be the punishment, although its a little harsh. But don’t make it seem like all he did was get caught kissing. This isn’t 1965. Nonetheless, he is a good kid who just was being that, a kid. Good luck at uga. Kid has big time potential

RomeDawg

August 17th, 2010
7:40 am

Reality and Buzz,

How bad does the archaic Tech offense suck?

So bad that the high school player Tech wanted to play quarterback instead chose to come to UGA and be a defensive back.

Keep in mind we RUN THIS STATE.

Perk

August 17th, 2010
7:43 am

just curious – how many dawg fans have ever been on a Tech blog?

Not me – don’t feel the need, don’t need the comfort that someone will actually be there to listen, and finally, don’t need the attention.

tim

August 17th, 2010
7:43 am

this kid is already a prima dona just what an SEC mid level team needs another me, me, me guy with a helicopter father praising the Lord at every turn….

Reality

August 17th, 2010
7:44 am

RomeDog

No, you RUIN THIS STATE. There, fixed your typo.

Windale

August 17th, 2010
7:44 am

I’m a “real dawg fan” and just don’t like this situation. I won’t be supprised at all if he never comes to UGA. I was as excited as anyone when he committed and feel based on what little I know on this situation that this is harsh punishment. This decision to me shows a lack of character from the entire family.Iit has that “things aren’t going my way so I’ll quit” attitude written all over it. Not sure I want that in our future QB. Go DAWGS!

Dr.Phil

August 17th, 2010
7:45 am

PhoneDawg..you are correct! These nay sayers need mental counseling!

Astropig

August 17th, 2010
7:54 am

I don’t have a dog in this fight (don’t follow football) , but I say way to go family. The “zero tolerance” policies at some schools border on ludicrous. When folks have another option ,that’s good for them.

I can feel these folks frustration. My son is a computer expert. He builds them ,he fixes them. He loves them. Kind of like the gearheads that hopped up old cars back in my day.Anyway , his teachers at school constantly were asking him to patch together and keep running their old , obsolete school computers because the central office wouldn’t do it.(or took an eternity)

I’m sure you know the rest. When some busybody administrator found out, they wanted to make an example of him. ( even though their own teachers asked him to do the work). “Violating the schools computer use policy” was the official charge. They wanted to send him to alternative school and suspend hi. This is a straight A ,perfect attendance student with no disciplinary record at all . ( He’s a computer geek ,for crying out loud). Fortunately , two of the three people on his disciplinary tribunal knew him (one had had him build her a computer) and all ended well.

The point is, I can hear this family’s frustration coming through and ask everyone not to judge this kid.

RomeDawg

August 17th, 2010
7:55 am

Reality,

Ruining the state would mean losing 8 of the last 9 years. I don’t talk trash to Gator fans because they have beat us like a drum. Why can’t Georgia Tech fans have the same courtesy? Win atleast 3 times in a decade before smack talking. It makes you appear ignorant.

Dumbo

August 17th, 2010
7:55 am

There is something VERY ODD going on here. Kinda reminds one of the little problem a former UGA QB had with a member of the opposite sex, doesn’t it. And don’t forget Richt signed a DB (I think the kid was from DeKalb County) who’d had a little sexual escapade at school and was denied acceptance into UGA for that and end up at Arkansas. Inquiring minds wont to know!!!

Dumbo

August 17th, 2010
7:56 am

sorry not wont but WANT

UT

August 17th, 2010
8:14 am

Correction: WE RUN THIS STATE 45-19! Meatloaf was a little off! 3 out of 4 is pretty dang good!

Dawgboy

August 17th, 2010
8:18 am

He’ll never see the field at UGA anyway.

DawginLex

August 17th, 2010
8:19 am

UT, richt is 5-4 vs UT and about to go 6-4.

LeMay will redshirt his freshman year and have 4 years of eligibility left while he battles with Murray and Mason for the starting job in 2012. Murray and Mason will be juniors and LeMay a RS freshman. For all the haters and complainers griping about the QB situation, UGA is about to get some really solid depth at that position