April 30, 2010

LeMay receives high mark from analysts

Fellow recruits and recruiting analysts agree; Georgia got itself a good one when quarterback Christian LeMay announced Friday that he intends to sign with the Bulldogs.

Rivals.com's Mike Farrell has seen LeMay on numerous occasions before.

"Lemay isn't the biggest quarterback but he's certainly big enough. He's a legit 6-foot-2 with the frame to fill out to 220 pounds in college. He has excellent poise in the pocket, sees the field well, has good accuracy and he leads his receivers and usually puts the ball in a catchable position," Farrell said. "His athleticism is solid and he can throw on the run but he prefers to be in the pocket. His footwork is okay but needs work and his delivery is a bit elongated because he has long arms for his size. However, the ball comes out with velocity, he can make all the throws and he has good touch. His mechanics are solid and he doesn't force things and makes good decisions but he does tend to rely on his arm too much and needs to follow through more with his hips and legs. Overall he has very good upside because he's smart and has uncanny field vision and won't make mistakes."

Lemay's statistics from his junior year certainly indicate that.

The 6-foot-2, 200 pounder only threw two interceptions while completing 69 percent of his passes for 3,296 yards and 44 touchdowns last season for Butler High, which finished 15-0 and captured the state championship.
Mitchell-Baker wide receiver Justin Scott, who lists Georgia as one of his top schools, has seen enough film of LeMay to come away very impressed.

"I have watched LeMay's highlights and he has a lot of talent!," Scott said. would like to go in with a top QB. It would give me the chance to grow and develop with someone I know will be there the whole time I am there."

Wideout Rashad Green of St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. agreed with Scott.

"Having a top quarterback is very important," Green said. "As a receiver I like having someone who can get the ball in my hands and not someone that they will just have to hand the ball off."

Barry Every of Rivals.com broke down LeMay and his potential like this:

• Areas of Improvement: "He throws too much off back foot on deep throws, he must have a transfer of body weight. He sometimes allows his allows his elbow to drop below his shoulder causing the ball to sail high. He must square up his shoulders while throwing on the run."

• Assets: "Excellent overall body structure, strong arm, good leader, high character kid. He has enough mobility to buy more time in the pocket or make unscripted yards with his feet."

• Conclusion: "If he improves some of his bad habits listed above he could become a very good college quarterback. Not enough is made of a kid's ability to lead and I think this may be the area that he separates himself from other kids in this class. Right now I would say he is definitely in the top 5 PQB in the country, but I am not ready to say he is No. 1."

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