Christian LeMay has made his decision and his leader will be…..(drum roll please)…..the Georgia Bulldogs.
The anticipated decision of this sure-to-be-ranked top-five quarterback is another big get for the University of Georgia football program.
Some disagreed with the way LeMay handled his announcement. After all, this isn’t a “commitment” but, rather, just a “leader.” However, as stated before in a previous article, LeMay’s choice of a “leader” is every bit as good as a commitment in his mind.
Unless coach Richt gets fired or the Georgia Bulldogs change their offensive philosophy in a major way (pro-style to pistol offense), LeMay is set to wear the red and black in 2011.
For further clarification, here is LeMay’s explanation on why he chose to name a leader as opposed to giving his commitment:
“In recent years, the verbal commitment process has become a bit more complicated than once before in that coaches are released and/or take other jobs such as we had last season with USC and Tennessee,” LeMay explained.
“Coaches change schemes and systems that may no longer fit the players’ best interests or desires, etc. On some occasions, players simply change their minds on the school and ‘de-commit’ since they are not officially committed until they sign an official letter of intent.
“This has caused the word commitment to become a bit watered down. However, it still holds great value to me. Therefore, due to the uncertainty of the process, I have chosen to use the word ‘Leader,’ which for clarity will be defined as the school in which I plan to enroll and attend next year.” (As told to Chip Towers of the AJC)
He will likely enroll early and will now be Georgia’s sixth man where recruiting is concerned . He hopes to sway the minds of some of the nations top recruits as he makes his rounds this offseason. Hopefully, he will be able to bring some of the top players in the country with him in 2011.
Said LeMay of his new leader, "It’s the school I plan to enroll in unless something drastic happens, unless Coach Richt or Coach Bobo is gone, I’m a Georgia Bulldog.” (AJC, 4/30/10)
Regardless, he will not be the last quarterback that Georgia looks at this season. They plan to recruit several for the 2011 class and will have their hands full, as two of the top signal-callers in the nation are already tethered to other schools—Max Wittek signed with the Trojans, and the Gators nabbed Jeff Driskel.
Still, that leaves some mighty big names on the board: Braxton Miller (OH), Teddy Bridgewater (FL), C.J. Uzomah (GA), and Nick Marshall (GA)—just to name a few.
Of those four, Marshall may be the guy the Bulldogs have the greatest chance of landing. He has already been offered a scholarship by Georgia—in both basketball and football—and the Bulldogs have the benefit of being one of the first SEC schools through the door with an offer. Mike Bobo extended one to him as a junior, shortly after he finished leading his team to a state championship.
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