May 1, 2010

LeMay anxious to spread the word

Christian LeMay wants to spread the word.

He's going to be a Georgia Bulldog and he's asking some of the Southeast's other top players to join him.

In an interview with UGASports following Friday's announcement that he intends to sign with the Bulldogs, LeMay said he'll waste no time making some phone calls to make sure that happens.

"Whatever linemen are out there who are thinking about Georgia, please come, because I could use you," LeMay said. "Defensive guys, you need the guys to get you the ball back; wide receivers, come on down."

LeMay has one particular wide receiver in mind.

Over the course of the recruiting process, LeMay has become close friends with Dorman, S.C. receiver Charone Peake.

Peake, who has visited Georgia numerous times, lists Clemson, the Bulldogs and Florida as his three favorite schools. Last year, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Peake caught 52 passes for 881 yards and nine touchdowns to help lead Dorman to the 4A state title.

LeMay said he's going to do whatever he can to convince Peake to become a Bulldog.

"I hope Charone comes. He's a marquee guy," LeMay said. "I'm telling him I'm coming farther from North Carolina to come to Georgia than he would have to come from South Carolina. It's a closer ride and I think it would be good for him."

LeMay said the pair has discussed playing together collegiately.

"I told him wherever I go you need to come with me," LeMay said. "Hopefully, he answers the call."

LeMay laughed that he answered the call when fellow Bulldog commit - wide receiver Christian Conley - posed the same question to him during a recent visit to Athens.

"Christian and I saw each other at camps all the time," LeMay said. "He was there this last time and he told me then I needed to come on because he was about to commit. I just decided to hop on the boat as well."

LeMay said he settled on the Bulldogs as his team Monday afternoon.

"I just felt it was the right place for me," he said. "I was very excited to get it out there and tell everybody."

LeMay later informed Georgia coaches that were the direction he was leaning, but it still meant a lot when Richt and several assistants showed up at Butler High Thursday afternoon.

"When it comes to Coach (Mark) Richt, what you see from him is exactly what you get from him," LeMay said. "He's a down to earthy guy; I really like him a lot. Coach (Mike) Bobo and Coach (Bryan) McClendon are also great guys, all the people in the organization, they're great people - the fans, everybody involved with Georgia is great and I'm just really happy to be a part of it."

LeMay said Bulldog coaches were equally thrilled to get the word he was coming to Athens.

"There was just complete jubilation," LeMay said. "I can tell they really want me there."

LeMay said he would not be upset if Georgia decides to add another quarterback to its 2011 class.

In fact, he hopes they do.

"Competition is competition. If they bring another quarterback in that's just going to make me work harder," he said. "That will tell me that I'm not the only guy out there and I'm going to have to work even harder than before if I want to play."

So what does LeMay's announcement mean?

According to the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, the only way he wouldn't sign with Georgia is if Richt or Bobo doesn't return, or if the Bulldogs' offense undergoes some sort of drastic change.

"They (other recruits) need to hop on the bandwagon with me," he said.

LeMay, who will camp in Athens June 12, was asked if he planned on taking any officials before Signing Day next February.

"I don't see it, but I wouldn't complete rule it out," he said. "However, there's a 99 percent chance that I won't be visiting any other schools."

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