Rumph talks UGA

One of the nation's top JUCO transfers talks about his decision to sign with Georgia and his expectations for next season.

Jonathon Rumph remembers delivering the good news to UGA head coach Mark Richt.

"He was happy and laughing when I told him I was coming to Georgia. He said he was very excited and ready for me to get to work. He spoke to my mom and told her the same thing," said Rumph.

The 6-foot-5, 205 pound wide receiver out of Holmes Community College in Mississippi, said he called Richt only minutes before he officially signed with the Bulldogs.

"It was hard. I was going back and forth all week before I finally made my decision on Wednesday," he said.

Rumph said he picked Georgia over Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas Tech.

"I'm still in the process of calling those schools and telling them my decision. Those phone calls will be tough ones to make because I really liked those schools too," he said.

The Columbia, S.C., native said his relationship with UGA receivers coach Tony Ball helped seal the deal.

"I spoke to Coach Ball a lot, we have a good relationship," he said.

Rumph said he also liked the atmosphere in Athens.

"You can't beat it. It's a great spot to be. I am really comfortable there too," he said.

Rumph said he hopes to contribute early at Georiga.

"I know Tavarres King and Marlon Brown are graduating, so I should be looking for a chance to be on the field early," he said.

This season at Holmes, the four-star receiver had 45 passes for 569 yards and three touchdowns. Rumph said his JUCO experience will help him at Georgia.

"Junior college gave me some great experience. While it's not where you always dreamed of being or playing, it gave me a change to grow up and mature. I wasn't the most mature guy coming out of high school. I was surrounded by good people at Holmes and I was able to change as a person," he said.

When it comes to players he looks up to, Rumph said he has three.

"My favorite players are Cameron Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson. All of those guys go hard and work hard. They also always show class when they are on the field. I try to model my game after them," he said.

Rumph said he plans to enroll at UGA in January and is excited to make the move to Athens.

"I am on a mission to be successful in life. I am excited to further my education and enjoy school. My ultimate goal is to play in the NFL and support my family and get a degree. I know it is not going to get easier for me, it is only going to get harder," he said.

Rumph gives the Bulldogs 29 commitments for the 2013 recruiting class, making it the second-biggest class in the country.

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