NCF On The Trail: Jonathon Rumph


Georgia and South Carolina is quietly becoming one of the best rivalries in the SEC. Not just because of some of the on-field success the two teams have shared over the last five-to-10 years or so, but because it extends to the world of recruiting. The two schools located in neighboring states, as to be expected, recruit multiple prospects who are considering both schools.

Georgia occasionally will dip in to South Carolina to land a big prospect but South Carolina has made it a habit of heading over to the Peach State to look for the next great Gamecock. In fact, South Carolina has 27 players on its roster from the state of Georgia.

When the Gamecocks take on Georgia at home this weekend, South Carolina will host three recruits on unofficial visits who are ranked in the top 50 of their respective classes: Roquan Smith (2015), Isaac Nauta (2016) and Mecole Hardman (2016).

Signee Johnson fails to qualify

July, 22, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Rico Johnson finally learned his fate on Monday.

The three-star receiver from Swainsboro (Ga.) High School announced on his Twitter account that he failed to meet NCAA eligibility standards and will not enroll at Georgia with his fellow 2013 signing classmates.

Johnson completed two online courses this summer in an effort to become eligible, but it was apparently not enough.

“Unfortunately NCAA didn't take my two online classes but I'm still rockin [with] DawgNation to the death of me. See [y’all] at the top!” Johnson tweeted.

Now Johnson will wait to learn whether he can enroll at a prep school this fall and potentially enroll at Georgia or another program next year or whether he must attend junior college.

Johnson was the last member of Georgia's 33-man signing class who was waiting to learn his NCAA fate.

Mark Richt’s coaching staff knew on signing day that Devondre Seymour (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) was not going to qualify with this class. The four-star offensive lineman has since announced that he will attend Hinds Community College and attempt to enroll at Georgia in 2015.

Receiver Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler) and defensive back Kennar Johnson (Clermont, Fla./Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College) arrived on campus late in the summer -- after the bulk of Georgia’s other signees -- leaving Rico Johnson as the only player with an undetermined status.

He was one of Georgia’s six 2013 receiver signees, led by No. 1 junior college wideout Jonathon Rumph (Cayce, S.C./Holmes Community College) and versatile ESPN 150 selection Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) -- both of whom enrolled in January.

Signing day primer: Georgia 

January, 23, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- With national signing day exactly two weeks from today, DawgNation looks ahead to what Georgia has coming and who the Bulldogs still need, and why.

Team needs: Georgia has a number of holes to fill, considering the defense is losing 10 players who started last season. All-American junior Jarvis Jones and two-year leading tackler Alec Ogletree have declared for the NFL draft, which means the incoming prospects will have to be ready to play early.

Also, consider that Georgia only signed one player for the secondary, one wide receiver and not one inside linebacker in the class of 2012. Those positions are a priority. The secondary is in special need of attention as both starting safeties and two starting cornerbacks were seniors this past season. The Bulldogs have decent depth at the outside linebacker spots but the SEC championship game proved Georgia needs help on the defensive line. Junior nose Kwame Geathers has also opted to leave early for the NFL, so Georgia needs to sign some quality prospects to fill in the defensive trench.

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Santa delivers Juco package to ASU 

December, 26, 2012
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A pair of junior college prospects, four-star wide receiver Jaelen Strong (Philadelphia/Pierce College) and three-star inside linebacker Eriquel Florence (San Pablo, Calif./Contra Costa College), committed to Arizona State on Christmas, multiple sources report.

Strong, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect, selected the Sun Devils over offers from Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Miami-FL, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Oregon State and Purdue.

While ESPN believes Strong needs to become a more refined player, he is considered the 15th best junior college talent for 2013, and, "very similar to another fine prospect in this class in WR Jonathan Rumph (Cayce, S.C./Holmes CC/Georgia), only Strong may be faster."

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Weekend Rewind: Georgia 

November, 26, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia coaching staff had a lot to be thankful for this past week as the Bulldogs picked up three commitments in five days. On Tuesday, ESPN 300 athlete Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) announced that he had decommitted from South Carolina and planned to line up at cornerback for the Bulldogs. The next day, junior college wide receiver Jonathon Rumph (Cayce, S.C./Holmes) called the coaching staff to let them know that he also had decided to commit to Georgia. Then late Saturday night, juco defensive back Kennar Johnson (Clermont, Fla./Mississippi Gulf Coast) committed to Mark Richt while on his official visit.

All three will enroll in January which is important for two reasons. First, Georgia is losing four of the starters to graduation in its secondary so having Langley and Johnson go through spring camp will go a long way to preparing them to contribute in an area of need. Rumph, too, will benefit from spring camp as he learns Georgia’s playbook and blocking responsibilities.

Secondly, the Bulldoga have 30 commits already and want to bring in four to six more. The only way Richt can sign so many players is to have around 10 of them enroll early and count backwards towards last year’s small signing class. There is plenty of room on the roster and Georgia will likely suffer more attrition as some players decide to leave early for the NFL.

Georgia’s recruiting momentum might net a couple more commits in the coming weeks. Wide receiver Ja’Quay Williams (Tyrone, Ga./Fork Union) took an official visit over the weekend. He was committed to Auburn while he was in town but with Sunday’s news that Gene Chizik had been fired, Williams decommitted from the Tigers. The situation on the Plains also has top inside linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) looking at other options. He is still committed to Auburn, but he took an unofficial visit to Georgia on Saturday to speak with the coaches in Athens.

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Weekly Commitment Update 

November, 23, 2012
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ACC
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Demetri McGill DT Virginia Beach, VA, Ocean Lakes
HT: 6-0 WT: 290
Position Rank: #93 DT

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New commit Rumph fills sizable WR need 

November, 21, 2012
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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.

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Juco WR Rumph is UGA commit No. 29

November, 21, 2012
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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.”

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.

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Juco WR Rumph talks UGA official 

November, 6, 2012
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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.

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