Eye on the Tigers

One of the nation's top quarterback prospects in the class of 2011 is keeping a close eye on Clemson.

QB C.J. Uzomah Profile

Suwanee-North Gwinnett HS (GA) quarterback C.J. Uzomah told CUTigers recently that he currently sports 16 offers. Some of those include: Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.

"Probably sometime this summer I will have a top five," he said. "I'm going to have to go visit a lot of campuses. Right now, I've only visited a few schools, so I can't really determine what schools I like the most."

Uzomah has already visited Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Kentucky.

"This spring break and summer I'm going to be kind of busy (taking visits)," he said. "I'm also planning on going to junior days at a good bit of colleges."

As Uzomah sorts through his offers and whittles down his final group, he'll be looking at several different factors at each school. Academic standards are first and foremost on his list.

He'd also like to attend a school that's got a good fan-base with a friendly community.

"This is an example. I watched the Lakers play the Cavaliers on Christmas Day. I guess the Lakers do have a good fan-base, but they lost to the Cavs, and people were throwing stuff on the court," he said. "That'd be the kind of place I wouldn't want to play."

Uzomah believes a post-game tradition at Clemson indicates a good fan-base.

"I like how, after every game, win or lose the fans come onto the field. That's a good fan-base. I liked it a lot," he said.

Uzomah said having a good connection with the coaches will help schools make it into his final five. He's found that at Clemson.

"I like the coaches a lot. Coach (Billy) Napier is a great guy. And coach (Dabo) Swinney, one of the first things he said is I can't play football forever. He said I'll have to have something to fall back on after football, if I make it to the NFL. He emphasizes getting a college education and having all four years," he said.

A shot at playing time by his junior or senior year will help Uzomah's suitors make the cut this summer.

"I don't think (playing early) is too big of a factor," he said. "But if the opportunity is there, I might definitely take that."

During his junior season, Uzomah said he threw for almost 1,500 yards and rushed for close 1,000.

Clemson is recruiting him to play quarterback, but others are recruiting him as an athlete. As a sophomore, he played wide receiver, since he was the backup quarterback then. He said Tennessee is recruiting him as an athlete.

"I think I've established myself as a quarterback, but I don't think being considered an athlete is a bad thing," Uzomah said.

"About," 6-6, 230, Uzomah said he might run track this spring to help with his speed.

Scout.com lists him as a four-star prospect.


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