- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
University of Georgia signed its first two official members of the class of 2013 on Wednesday during the first day of the junior college signing period.
Wide receiver Jonathon Rumph (Cayce, S.C./Holmes Community College) and nose tackle Chris Mayes (Griffin, Ga./Mississippi Gulf Coast) each signed their letters of intent on Wednesday to play for the Bulldogs.
Rumph, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound receiver, is ranked No. 7 in the ESPN Junior College 100. He will fill the role vacated by senior split end Marlon Brown. A big target in both size and need for the Bulldogs, Rumph was a basketball star in high school but decided his future was on the gridiron. Head coach Jeff Koonz said Rumph is a strong blocker as well and can leap for passes that defenders cannot reach.
“He often gets called for holding when he blocks because he just mows down a cornerback,” Koonz said. “A referee looks at that and figures that had to be holding if the guy is on the ground.”
Mayes is a 6-4, 320-pound nose tackle who could be relied upon heavily next season. Georgia will lose starter John Jenkins to graduation and Kwame Geathers, who has also started at nose tackle, could forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft. Mayes redshirted this past season, so he will have three years to play at Georgia. He works out twice a day and has put on 40 pounds since he left high school. He originally signed with Georgia in the class of 2011 but failed to qualify. He enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast, where Jenkins learned his early techniques. If Mayes can have the same impact at Georgia that Jenkins did, the Bulldogs will be set at nose tackle.
“It feels great,” Mayes said “I have been waiting a long time. I went on my official visit this past weekend; the coaches are stoked about me enrolling early.”