- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
The commitment of juco wideout Jonathon Rumph (Cayce, S.C./Holmes Community College) to Georgia is a big addition to the Bulldogs’ receiving corps -- pun intended. Georgia does not have a returning receiver on the team now or committed in the Class of 2013 who resembles the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Rumph. He is a large target -- something this recruiting class was missing.
As it stands, Georgia has commitments from wide receivers Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln), Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler), and Rico Johnson (Swainsboro, Ga./Swainsboro). Athletes Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./ Goose Creek) and J.J. Green (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) will play multiple roles on the offense as well, including slot receiver. Aside from LeMay, who stands at 6-2, this group of receivers is not known for size, but rather speed and technique. Rumph will be the wideout who creates the most mismatches with opposing corners. He is not fast like Davis or Terry, but in a red-zone situation he will present a nice option.
Georgia signed only one wide receiver in the Class of 2012, and Blake Tibbs redshirted this season. The coaching staff knew it would have to bring in some playmakers with the next class.
Rumph should make an immediate impact for Georgia, which will lose its two leading receivers to graduation and has another receiver going through a lengthy knee injury rehabilitation. The Bulldogs’ tallest receiver, Tavarres King, on the other hand, has been a fixture for the Bulldogs since 2008 and has 36 career starts. Brown and King both will graduate, leaving Georgia with several young but talented wide receivers. Michael Bennett, who was Georgia’s leading wide receiver before suffering an ACL injury in practice, is expected to be healthy next season -- but that remains to be seen. The addition of Rumph will help offset those losses.
Rumph’s experience also will be welcomed in Athens. Georgia will have only one senior wideout, Rantavious Wooten, on scholarship next season, along with three junior receivers, Chris Conley, Bennett and Malcolm Mitchell. Mitchell is the team’s third-leading receiver but he spent the first part of the season at cornerback. Wooten, Bennett and Conley have a combined 13 starts. An experienced juco transfer will be welcomed by receivers coach Tony Ball.
Ball would like to bring in one more receiver to round out the class. The Bulldogs are heavily recruiting Ja'Quay Williams (Tyrone, Ga./Fork Union Military) -- who is committed to Auburn but is reconsidering his options.
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