UGA addressed immediate concerns at wide receiver for next season by landing the commitment of Jonathan Rumph on Wednesday night.
Rumph is 6-foot-5, 210-pounder from Mississippi’s Holmes junior college. He is a native of the Columbia, S.C., area, and he said he picked UGA over Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Florida.
Rumph is UGA’s second commitment in as many days, and he gives the Bulldogs 29 commitments for the 2013 recruiting class.
“He’s a big red zone target, similar to Marlon Brown,” said Kipp Adams of ESPN’s Dawg Nation.
“He’s going to be a guy that has an advantage over any cornerback because he’s 6-5. He’s going to win the jump ball. When you run a play-action offense, that’s exactly what you want. You want to be able to throw the ball up and have a guy come down with it. And that’s what Jonathan is going to give Georgia.”
Said 247sports national recruiting analyst Rusty Mansell: “He’s a big, tall athletic receiver who can play on the edge. He can be a big weapon in the end zone, for sure. He can also catch the ball well over the middle. He’s going to play on the outside at Georgia, but he can also play on the inside, if needed.”
Rumph is ranked as a 4-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout but wasn’t recruited too heavily out of junior college. He played quarterback at Brookland-Cayce High School, and was considered more talented in basketball than football.
Over the last two seasons, Rumph has been the leading receiver at Holmes. He is very raw and undeveloped, but has all the tools to be a starter at the D1 level.
“As far as his potential to be a big-time receiver, he’s just scratching the surface of what he can become; But he does have the physical tools to do that,” Holmes coach Jeff Koonz told RedRaidersSports.com last month.
WR is a position of need for UGA after the Bulldogs missed on several targets and only finished with one last year in ML King’s Blake Tibbs. Next season, UGA will be losing seniors Tevarres King and Marlon Brown to graduation, while Michael Bennett will be recovering from a serious knee injury.
For 2013, Rumph is UGA’s fourth commitment at WR, joining Uriah LeMay, Reggie Davis and Rico Johnson. Both Tramel Terry and JJ Green could play some WR – or play DB or RB. LeMay has also said some things recently on Twitter that has made some wonder about the strength of his commitment to UGA.
UGA still hopes to sign at least one more WR in this class, preferably Ja’Quay Williams, the former Sandy Creek High School standout who is committed to Auburn but taking an official visit to UGA this weekend.
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