CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Last year, Butler High School stumbled out of the gate with a loss to Mallard Creek in the season opener. The Bulldogs would then reel off 11 straight wins before losing to eventual state champion Page in the quarterfinals, but sting of that early defeat was still on the minds of the Bulldogs last Friday at Memorial Stadium.
Butler would enact its revenge, beating the Mavericks 27-6. In the much-ballyhooed wide receiver matchup, ESPN 150 wideout Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) would be held without a catch, and four-star receiver Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler) would have more than 100 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
LeMay was happy to start his senior season on the right foot.
“After coming off last year with a loss, to be able to come out here and get the rust off, and start the season with a win over Mallard Creek is really big,” he said. “Our focus from day one is to win and that is the mentality I was brought up with.”
LeMay, a University of Georgia commitment, worked hard during the summer to hone his craft.
“I think my knowledge of the defenses has helped my game and allowed me to see what I need to do to get open when I need to,” he said. “I am a physical wideout that plays the game with a ferocious mentality, and that has helped me get better and that is what I will bring to Athens.”
Stacy LeMay, Uriah’s father, said his son is qualified and on target to be at Georgia next fall. When he arrives, the ESPN 300 commitment will be reunited with his brother, Georgia quarterback Christian LeMay, a former ESPN 150 prospect who is now slated to be the backup quarterback for the Bulldogs this year.
At the Nike Football Training Camp in June, Uriah was able to catch passes from another ESPN 150 quarterback planning to play for Georgia.
“I am excited about going to Georgia to play with my brother again, just like we did back in the day,” LeMay said. “I also think Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) is amazing.”
With 28 commitments for the 2013 recruiting cycle, Georgia has the largest incoming class in the country to date. LeMay has been able to hang out with several of his future teammates, and he is excited about the outlook in Athens.
“This class is really good,” LeMay said. “I think we will be the finishing keys to what they added in Christian’s class. I remember at Dawg Night I was hanging out with guys Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) and Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) and they are great guys to hang out with.”
LeMay committed to Georgia in June over programs including Clemson, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound receiver says several programs are still holding a spot for him if he wants it.
“I did get quite a few official offers in the mail, but Georgia is definitely the place that I want to go to,” LeMay said. “I made my announcement early so I could get that out of the way and focus on the here and now, and that is what I am going to do. I like the opportunity to come in and earn early playing time at Georgia.”
One aspect of the transition to college that should be easy for Uriah and his family is the fan gear.
“It feels great to be a Bulldog,” LeMay said. “I am one now and I have the colors already at Butler, so it feels great to be able to take everything red and black I have and transfer it to Athens.”