Receiver Jonathan Rumph (Cayce, S.C./Holmes Community College) is getting close to a decision, and this past weekend the 6-foot-5, 215-pound juco wideout was in Athens, Ga., for his final official visit before he announces his commitment.
“It was a good trip and I am glad I got a chance to see the school and get a better look at Georgia,” Rumph said. “What stood out was the bond that the coaches have with each other, the players, the fan base and the atmosphere, the great community in Athens.”
Georgia's coaching staff was the first thing that stood out to Rumph, with his potential position coach making a solid impression.
“In the meetings, Tony Ball has a great relationship with the receivers and they look up to him as a mentor,” Rumph said. “He is a good, spiritual coach and tries to make a good impression on everyone he meets. I can tell he expects perfection and he tries to get the best out of each player.”
Ball made sure to let Rumph know that being at Georgia in 2013 could be beneficial to both parties.
“Tony Ball was telling me how I could come in and be a big help to the team and a factor on offense early,” Rumph said. “More than that, he told me about me growing as a person at Georgia and how the academics there could help me.”
During his time spent with the Bulldogs’ head coach, Rumph said he could see why Georgia has the longest tenured coach in the highly competitive SEC.
“Mark Richt is a very spiritual guy that loves the Lord and wants all of his players to commit themselves to becoming good young men,” Rumph said. “He is someone they can all look up to and we were just able to talk about life and where we came from.”
During his official visit, Rumph was hosted by fellow wideout Chris Conley, and he spent time with Malcolm Mitchell, Tavarres King, Jarvis Jones, Bacarri Rambo and Damien Swann. During the game, he also got to know a few of the commitments who hope he joins them at Georgia next year.
“The receivers were welcoming me in like I was already part of their group,” Rumph said. “It was good to see that they really wanted me to come be a part of their team and try to do something special at Georgia. Tramel Terry was telling me that Georgia is a great school for receivers to be able to showcase their talent. He said the coaches try to get the best out of you and that he loves it at Georgia.”
Rumph also noticed that Athens was a college town that is not lacking in support from its fan base.
“The campus is up there as one of the best I have seen,” Rumph said. “Everything I was looking for they have. They have amazing fans that are behind the team 100 percent, whether they are winning or losing. It was very loud at the game and that was something I was looking forward to. I am used to about 300 fans at the most, so seeing 92,000 packed in one stadium was crazy.”
Georgia has put itself in great position to land the coveted junior college standout. He says he plans to decide before Thanksgiving between Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas Tech.