Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Juco WR Rumph is UGA commit No. 29
By Kipp Adams
A day after adding a cornerback with the size coveted by secondary coach Scott Lakatos, the Georgia Bulldogs gained a commitment from a wide receiver with the size any college program would love to have. Juco wideout Jonathon Rumph, at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, announced his commitment to Georgia tonight at Spires Recreation Center in Cayce, S.C., his childhood stomping grounds.
“I chose Georgia because I love the atmosphere there, the fans, and how the coaching staff is filled with real people,” Rumph said. “They have my best interests at heart for me in regards to my career and my path to becoming a quality young man.”
LUGINBILL ON RUMPH
Athletically he reminds me of a combination of Chris Conley/Marlon Brown, only he is more flexible than Conley and Brown. Is essentially a jump ball guy with a tremendous wing span and body control when elevated. Big-play, red-zone target. He has some sneaky explosiveness, but isn't overly quick-twitch and is a long-striding galloper who builds to top speed. Not a burner, but competitively fast especially given his size. Looks to have quality ball skills and big hands. Consistently plucks away from his frame and is capable of pulling the ball out of a crowd.
-- Tom Luginbill, Recruiting Nation
Rumph chose Georgia over offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Texas Tech, among others. In nine games this season, Rumph caught 44 passes for 575 yards and 3 touchdowns.
With the upcoming graduation of Georgia’s Marlon Brown and Tavarres King, Rumph sees an opportunity to make an impact in Athens.
“The situation at receiver is such that I feel I can come in, work my way up the depth chart, and have a good chance at earning a starting position,” Rumph said. “With my size, the pro-style scheme at Georgia is a perfect fit because it puts me in 1-on-1 matchups where I can be a big help to the offense.”
He also likes the potential for success at Georgia.
“The quarterbacks there are good, their offensive line is young, and their defense is young at a lot of spots,” Rumph said. “They are already contending for SEC championships and the national championship, so they are in good shape to do that every year.”
Another appealing factor was the chance to work with and learn from wide receivers coach Tony Ball.
“Coach Ball is a great coach that knows the ins and outs of the receiver position,” Rumph said. “He is a good role model and a spiritual leader, and the type of coach that will maximize your potential as a receiver and as a young man. That is what I need to become great at the position and help the team win.”
During his official visit to Georgia on Nov. 2, Rumph was hosted by fellow wide receiver Chris Conley. It was then that Rumph got a closer look at just how players develop with Ball.
“Chris Conley talked about how great the bond is between the coaches and the players,” Rumph said. “He is a humble player that works hard, and it shows in the way he carries himself. He told me he was a raw athlete coming in, so to see him now and how they molded him makes me excited to get in there and work with Coach Ball.”
With the addition of Rumph, Georgia now has 29 commitments for the 2013 class, second only to Texas A&M at 31. Other receivers committed to the Bulldogs include ESPN 300 prospects Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler), Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) and three-star prospect Rico Johnson (Swainsboro, Ga./Swainsboro). ESPN 150 athlete Tramel Terry could contribute at both receiver and running back at Georgia, as well as possibly developing into a cover corner down the road. The Bulldogs have a shot at adding one more playmaker to the receiving corps as prep school prospect Ja’Quay Williams (Tyrone, Ga./Fork Union Military Academy), a 2012 Auburn signee, will take an official this weekend to Georgia.