Elite QB Plans Summer Commitment

One of Clemson's top targets at quarterback says he'll be ready sooner than he originally expected to make an announcement.

C.J. Uzomah (Christopher James) is ranked as the No. 9 quarterback in the country by Scout.com and finished his junior season with 153-of-257-completions for 1,723 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also ran the ball 109 times for 710 yards and 10 touchdowns. Uzomah, a four-star quarterback, says he has 16 scholarship offers but still denies a leader.

He has already attended junior days at Auburn and Georgia, but only the Bulldogs have offered.

"The coaches and people at Auburn were great," Uzomah said. "I really like (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks) coach Guz Malzahn. He's a really nice guy and I like (head) coach Gene Chizik too. I got to talk with them one-on-one and that was great.

"They're really good people and I like how they know what they want," he said. "They really stress a family environment and getting you ready for life after college and football.

"They told me they've got Cam Newton, who I guess was a great JC quarterback, and they really think I'd be a good fit to follow after him," Uzomah said about the Tigers.

He also visited the Georgia Junior Day and the Bulldogs are only 45 minutes from his house.

"I've been there a few times already," he said. "Being close is good, but I'll get away if I feel at home. Distance isn't gonna have much to do with it."

Besides their proximity, Uzomah also likes the Dawgs coaching staff.

"I really like it there," he said about Georgia. "(Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks) Coach Mike Bobo and (head coach) Mark Richt are great and I've known them for a while, so we've got a real good relationship."

Uzomah also plans on attending upcoming junior days at Clemson, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

"I love the fans at Clemson," he said. "I like how they come out and sing on the field after every game and all the little rituals they have.

"They said they are recruiting two quarterbacks and that they already have one committed," he said. "They want me to be the other one."

Uzomah admits that he's not too concerned about being the only quarterback a school signs.

"I'll try and look at all that stuff, but it's not a big deal for me right now," he said. Besides Clemson, Uzomah also plans on going to Tennessee soon.

"I haven't talked with coach Derek Dooley yet," he said. "They're coming to my school this week and I just need to get a better feel for the staff."

During his spring break, Uzomah says he's going to try and visit Northwestern and Florida as well.

"Northwestern has great academics," he said. "The program is up-and-coming and coach Pat Fitzgerald is a great person and it seems like a place I might like. I've never been there so I wanna check it out.

"I also plan on going to Florida," he said. "It's a good program and I haven't heard anything but good things about them."

He says the Gators haven't offered him yet, but are recruiting him.

Uzomah also has offers from Alabama, LSU, Miami, Maryland, North Carolina and Oklahoma State.

Growing up, Uzomah admits he followed Ohio State.

"My mom's whole side of the family is from Ohio and they love Ohio State," he said. "They follow any Ohio team."

The Buckeyes are also recruiting Uzomah, but haven't offered.

Although he doesn't have a leader yet, Uzomah says he'd like to start narrowing it down soon.

"I want to have a top three or five by spring," he said. "I think I'll commit early. I'll probably try and do it during the summer.

"I want a school with good academics obviously," he said. "But I'm also looking to play where there's good people and good fans that will support the team on and off the field. I want to make sure there's good camaraderie and where the people actually get along."

Uzomah says he can bench 285-pounds, squat 400 and has a 35-inch vertical jump.

"I'm a leader as a quarterback and like to be encouraging to my team," he said. "I have great footwork, technique and a strong arm. Our head coach is also the quarterback coach and he really stresses technique.

"I also have the ability to get the ball out of my hands fast," he said. "I've got a pretty good deep ball, but I'm still working on my accuracy. I want to be more precise and place the ball exactly where it needs to be all the time. I'm pretty tall so I have the tendency to let the ball go high on me."

Uzomah isn't sure what he'd like to major in but is considering psychology. He reports a 3.0 core GPA and is taking the SAT on March 13.

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