All eyes will be on Christian LeMay on Friday, April 30, at 6:30 pm. Why? Because that is the day he will announce the “leader” for his signing day commitment. The event will be broadcast live on ESPNU and is considered must-see TV for all who follow recruiting and LeMay in particular.
For those of you who are not aware of who Christian LeMay is or why you should care who his leader will be come Friday, let me just add that the Georgia Bulldogs are down to just three scholarship quarterbacks after the Zach Mettenberger dismissal—one of which is a true freshman.
That said, the Bulldogs hope to shore up their depth chart issues by signing a quarterback, or two, in the 2011 class.
LeMay is, according to scout.com, a four-star rated prospect and one of the top five quarterbacks in the nation. He hails from Butler High School in Matthews, N.C., and is one of the more highly-touted prospects for 2011—with more than 20 offers on the table.
He ended his junior campaign with a state championship, tallying 3,296 yards, 44 touchdowns, and two interceptions. It is one of the most impressive seasons ever accomplished by a quarterback coming out of Mecklenburg County and many are saying that he may very well be better than either Joe Cox or Chris Leak at this point in his career—both of whom are products of that region.
Now, to some, the names Chris Leak and Joe Cox won’t evoke streams of positive responses.
Despite the fact that Chris Leak helped lead the Florida Gators to a National Championship in 2006, there are many who feel this accomplishment was due as much to Tim Tebow’s athletic prowess as it was to Chris Leak’s arm.
Furthermore, the name Joe Cox was synonymous with many an SEC punchline last season as he struggled to gain his footing as Georgia’s starting quarterback. He endured some critical growing pains on the field and often fell victim to harsh and, at times, unnecessary criticism off it.
Both Cox and Leak were starting quarterbacks, in succession at Independence High School in North Carolina. Neither ever lost a game while they were at the helm and both starred at their position. However, once the Friday night lights went dim, neither quarterback was able to reach the phenom status many predicted.
Can LeMay be the guy who breaks the mold?
The Georgia Bulldogs think he can and they would be more than happy to take his announcement as a sure sign he will be wearing the red and black come 2011. According to Radi Nabulsi of UGASports.com, that would be a fair assumption to make since LeMay has already stated that whoever comes out on top will likely be his school of choice—he won't be giving a "verbal" commitment.
He wants to make his decision known early so he too can start recruiting because he wants to bring the best of the best to play with him on Saturdays. What better way to ensure that than to start doing so at the numerous summer camps and all-star games you will frequent in the summer before your senior season.
For those who worry that LeMay could back out of his decision later on, be assured that it would take a big change in the coaching or coaching philosophy for that to happen. So, why not just give a solid verbal? LeMay says the word "commitment" means a lot to him and he won't use it, knowing he will still take visits in the fall.
LeMay has a plan and as much as this announcement appears to be just the type of thing that turns people off, it can also be just what the doctor ordered for a team that’s looking to make a big recruiting splash early by securing his devotion because to be his leader is a very good thing.
Listen, we all realize that recruiting is as much a game of inches as the game of football itself, and in the final hour, who knows what will happen. But at this point, Georgia is as much a possibility as any of the other top schools in the nation. So, come Friday, I’ll be interested in what LeMay has to say—good or bad.
Why? Well, did I mention that Georgia is down to just three quarterbacks? Two if Logan Gray does indeed move out of the position to gain more playing time—or worse, decides to transfer. This decision will interest Georgia Bulldog fans—the "why" doesn't really make a difference.
Here is some video footage of LeMay in action:
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