NCF On The Trail: Uriah LeMay

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.

Weekend rewind: Georgia 

December, 10, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia coaching staff was on the road Friday, as usual, checking in on commits and targets alike. In what had to the most fortuitous turn of events of the day, tight ends coach John Lilly and inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti just happened to be stopping by Auburn (Ala.) High School right after the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker, Reuben Foster, decommitted from Auburn University. Both coaches met with Foster, who reopened his recruitment, citing reports that his mentor Trooper Taylor had been let go at Auburn.

Later that night, another coach would also prove lucky as defensive line coach Rodney Garner was on hand to congratulate Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County) after the top-ranked defensive tackle won the chance to play for the Georgia Class A championship.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and running backs coach Bryan McClendon were on hand to see the Bulldogs’ top tailback target, Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), win his semifinal game as well. Alabama’s Kirby Smart was also there, and the battle for Kamara is still neck and neck.
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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Youngest LeMay explodes onto scene 

August, 29, 2012
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Benjamin LeMay didn't waste any time proving he was ready for high school football.

The much-acclaimed younger brother of Georgia quarterback Christian LeMay and Georgia commit Uriah LeMay ran for three touchdowns Friday in his debut. His team, Matthews (N.C.) Butler, beat rival Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek 27-6.

"He is going to be exceptional," Butler head coach Brian Hales said in a text message to ESPN.

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It has been a good week for Georgia with offensive weapons and in the case of Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) it is a great week for the kicking game as Davis is the type of player that can flip field position and create points as return specialist.

While Davis has a ways to go as a pure wide receiver, his speed and decisiveness allow for him to hit the crease with no fear and make plays.

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Last year the Bulldogs signed 19 players for the 2012 class. Now, with eight months to go until signing day for the 2013 class, Georgia has matched that total with the addition of wide receiver Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln).

“Yeah, I just committed to Georgia,” Davis told DawgNation on Sunday night.

“I was talking with the coaches and they asked, ‘Do you like Georgia?’ I said yes, and that I would come in and work for a spot, too,” Davis said about his conversation with UGA wide receivers coach Tony Ball. “He said, ‘I like that you will come in and work for a spot and I don’t mind playing freshmen. I will make plays for you. Also you got your name on the map with special teams, so I will let you get back there on kick return and punt return.’ That was what I wanted to hear, so I committed.”

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During the final days of the last recruiting cycle, the University of Georgia fell just short on several wide receiver targets, notably in-state target Jaquay Williams (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and top juco prospect Cordarelle Patterson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson CC). With only one receiver set to arrive next month, Blake Tibbs (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King), the Bulldogs are making an effort to restock the position for 2013.

They took another step in the right direction Friday with the addition of one of the most coveted receivers in the Southeast.

Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler) announced his commitment to Georgia, giving the Bulldogs their second wide receiver commitment along with Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood), and ESPN 150 athlete Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) and athlete J.J. Green (Kingsland, Ga./Camden Co.) are likely to start out at the position as well.

According to Butler head coach Brian Hales, the Bulldogs have added an outstanding talent.

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LeMay set to announce on June 1 

May, 22, 2012
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Uriah LeMay will announce his decision on June 1, according to his father, Stacey LeMay, in a text message to ESPN.

Uriah, a four-star receiver from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, has said previously he's down to 10 schools: Nebraska, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, North Carolina, Louisville and Tennessee.

Georgia is thought to be in good shape as LeMay's older brother, Christian LeMay, is a freshman quarterback for the Bulldogs. Still, the younger LeMay hasn't offered any significant hints to lead one to believe he's leaning toward Georgia.

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Nebraska offers LeMay 

February, 6, 2012
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The offers continue to come in for Uriah LeMay.

The ESPN 150 Watch List receiver from Matthews (N.C.) Butler picked up his 26th offer on Sunday when Nebraska extended an invite.

Recruiters are obviously impressed by the junior receiver, perhaps even as much or more as they were by his older brother Christian LeMay, who is a freshman quarterback at Georgia and was a highly touted member of the 2011 class.

“Similar as far as being a national recruit,” the LeMays' father, Stacy LeMay, said when asked to compare the two recruitments. “However, Uriah has more SEC offers at this same time and it appears more are to follow. Uriah is quite honored by all the offers.”

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Another for Uriah 

October, 29, 2011
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Uriah LeMay has picked up another scholarship offer -- this time from the top team in the nation. LSU extended a scholarship offer to the junior receiver from Butler High School in Matthews, N.C.

LeMay has over a dozen scholarship offers. His brother, Christian LeMay, is a freshman quarterback at Georgia.

LeMay's father, Stacy LeMay, stated in a text message to ESPN that his son is "quite impressed from afar" and that the family would like to take a visit to Baton Rouge, La., in the spring.

Uriah LeMay is being recruited by LSU coach Billy Gonzalez, who the LeMay family knows well when he was recruiting Christian LeMay while a coach at Florida.

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