Georgia QB Narrows List
LSU has moved into the final three teams for North Gwinnett (Ga.) High quarterback C.J. Uzomah, who trimmed his list down to three favorites: LSU, Auburn and Florida – though Uzomah also said that it was most likely a battle between Tigers.
At 6-foot-5, 235-pounds, the four-star prospect has been recruited at both quarterback and tight end, though LSU’s bargaining chip is that they are the lone school left on the list that has an offer out as a true quarterback. Auburn, with the commitment of Arkansas standout Kiehl Frazier, has changed their scholarship to a wildcat quarterback and receiver.
Uzomah finished his junior season with 1,723 yards and 153-of-257 passes completed for 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. He ran the ball 109 times for 710 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He plans to make a decision prior to his senior season, and Uzomah said a visit to Baton Rouge before the announcement is in the works.
Almost Decision Time
The Tigers haven’t landed a cornerback prospect for 2011, but that could soon change with a pledge from Hebron, Texas athlete David Jenkins.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has offers from schools across the map, though Jenkins said this past week that Texas and LSU are the two teams out front as the time for a decision nears, which is currently set for August.
With the numbers tight at the Longhorn camp and his relationship with the Tiger staff growing with each passing week, the Bayou State native – whose family still resides in Jena, La. - appears to be headed back home for college.
Tracking Another Defensive Back
Ronnie Martin, a two-way star for Spartanburg High in South Carolina, remains on the road this month as he makes his final evaluations before committing to a school before his senior season in August.
The frontrunners on Martin’s board are Florida, LSU, Nebraska and South Carolina, with the Gators being the lone program to not have offered the three-star prospect a scholarship.
Martin will take in Gainesville on July 23, and he hopes to follow that trip up with an unofficial visit to Lincoln, Neb. to see the Cornhuskers campus. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder visited LSU last month for the first of two Les Miles Football Camps.
Roberson Finds Direction
While Jenkins and Martin are close to the LSU corner, Florida’s Marcus Roberson is headed in a different direction.
LSU joined Georgia and Louisville as the most recent teams to offer the St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) safety, but Roberson quickly reaffirmed Florida as the team to beat. “I have been there and get along with them very well, I love how they treat me, and I think they can teach me a lot,” said Roberson of the Gators. “I also like the players there, I love the stadium, and they have good academics.”
Roberson is set to visit Auburn this weekend, and he said that trips over the coming months to Texas A&M, Georgia, Auburn, Oklahoma and LSU are all possible. When asked about a decision date, Roberson said that something could happen prior to the opening game of his senior season.
The Back and Forth Ways of Joe Morrow
Some prospects never shuffle their favorites list, while others – like Ocean Springs, Miss. receiver Joe Morrow – can’t seem to go a week without dropping and adding a program from the running.
When we caught up with the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder, Morrow focused on just four teams – all from the SEC West.
“It’s LSU, Auburn, Arkansas and Mississippi State,” Morrow said. “Everyone else is still trying to recruit me and get me to come out and see the campus, but I have done some research and those are the main schools for me.”
Morrow, who said that he is hoping to get into an offense that favors the pass over the running game, has taken in the LSU and Mississippi State campuses, but he has yet to visit Auburn or Arkansas – both of which he has plans to see before the end of the summer.
With a decision set for December, the nation’s No. 26 ranked receiver also plans on taking official visits to all four favorites in the fall.
Johnson Moves into the Picture
Yet, a name that has flown under the radar – Ellender High’s Jermaine Johnson – could land in the Tiger class before any of the aforementioned. The 6-foot-3, 172-pounder has been hearing from the LSU coaches consistently since the spring, and he was one of a select group of names in attendance at the program’s Family Day weekend in early June.
From there, recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson locked the Thibodaux-native up to attend camp this weekend, where he will work alongside a handful of the state’s top wideouts. If all checks out, Johnson said that he expects an offer – and a commitment could then follow. Currently he holds scholarships from Memphis, Kansas, Tulsa, Southern Miss, Utah State and Louisiana Tech.