Nation's No. 2 Rated QB Recruit Visits Auburn

Christian LeMay, from North Carolina high school power Butler, talks about his day on the Auburn campus.

Christian LeMay, Scout.com's number two rated quarterback prospect in the nation, visited Auburn's practice on Wednesday and says the trip was a fascinating one.

Intrigued by Gus Malzahn's offense, he says there is a good chance that Auburn will end up on his list of top five colleges

Commenting on meeting Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, LeMay says, "It was real great. He answered a lot of questions and I got to see why a lot of people are committing so quickly to Auburn."

The quarterback says that Clemson and Georgia look like they will be in his top five, too. "From what I have seen so far Auburn should be the third to be in it," he says.

LeMay, who notes that he hopes to graduate early from high school, plans to make his "final" college decision after his senior season. He notes that he may announce his choice at the Under Armour All-American Game if he hasn't done it by then.

"I am going to cut it down to five this summer, maybe seven at max, then after that we are going to cut it down to three and then after the three we are going to give a leader before the football season," he notes. "If everything stays the same, and I still feel comfortable about the school, that is where I will be attending college."

As a junior last season the 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback threw for 3,296 yards with 44 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The 6-3, 185-pounder completed 69 percent of his passes as a junior. He says playing on a good team, with sure-handed receivers, helped him put up those eye-opening numbers.

The quarterback led Butler High School to a 15-0 record last season and the Class 4-AA state title.

A prospect with a strong arm and a very smooth throwing motion, he says he learned his form when he was young living in Gainesville, Fla. "My dad and Chris Leak (former Florida quarterback) taught me how to throw the football," LeMay says. "I was a real big Chris Leak fan growing up in Gainesville.

"When I really started getting serious about the quarterback position and learning throwing technique, I really watched him. With my dad being close to the team (Florida's team chaplain), I got a couple of throwing lessons from him (Leak). I took everything he taught and worked at it a lot and really perfected the motion."

That throwing motion, combined with excellent size and plenty of athleticism, have made him a highly desired prospect, In fact, the high school junior says he has lost track of how many scholarship offers he has, noting it is somewhere around 35.

The quarterback's one-day visit to the Auburn campus was not only his first visit to AU, it was his first to the state of Alabama. He notes the hospitality stood out.

LeMay watched the Tigers go through a full pads practice, their ninth of 15 spring sessions, that included a good bit of full-speed, 11 on 11 work matching the first offense vs. the first defense. "By the time I blinked they had run another play," he says.

"I like the fact they emphasis the offensive side of the ball a lot, but they are also very hard on the defense so that is good because you get to watch the defense to see how many times you are going to be getting the ball. I like the fact that they are very balanced in their attack."

LeMay says he likes the fact that the Auburn offense emphasizes a strong running attack. "The run game is the quarterback's best friend," he notes.

The quarterback says that although Auburn's offense is different than what he runs at Butler High School, it is one that interests him. "It is one I could consider myself playing," he notes. "I have to do some more research on it to make sure it fits my style."

LeMay says he talked to Malzahn, who is also Auburn's quarterback coach, plus spent time with head coach Gene Chizik and Auburn junior QB Cameron Newton on Wednesday. "I know Cam pretty well because my dad was chaplain for Florida and he was there when my dad was still there and I was there. I?got to get a little inside scoop.

"It was good to talk to them and see what there plans are for me if I was to attend Auburn," LeMay says.

The quarterback made the trip with his family including his brother Uriah, an outstanding receiver prospect for the class of 2013. Uriah started last season for Butler, which Christian says is a major accomplishment. "Butler is a Division I high school," he says. "Pretty much everybody goes there goes to college."

LeMay also visited Clemson earlier this week and came to Auburn following a trip to the University of Georgia campus. Commenting on his trip to check out the Bulldogs, he says, "It was good. I know a lot of people in Georgia. Joe Cox went to my rival school so we had a good relationship while he was there. Coach (Mike) Bobo is a good guy and Coach (Mark) Richt. It reminded me a lot of Auburn with the family atmosphere. There are a couple of things that are different, of course, different states and different atmospheres. Other than that they are both good schools and it is going to be hard to pick between the two."



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