2011 Intro: Christian LeMay

MATTHEWS, N.C. --- Throughout the offseason, Christian LeMay added a lot of hardware to his trophy case: ESPN's National Junior Player of the Year, MaxPrep's National Junior of the Year, Gatorade N.C. Player of the Year, to name a few.

"All these accolades are great, but I'd rather get another state championship," LeMay said. "That's something that is a team goal. Without everyone doing their part, we can't do it. I don't want to be the weak link to the chain.

"I want to be the only school in Mecklenburg County to go back-to-back, other than Independence. A lot of people that I know go to Independence and they give me crap about ‘We have seven [titles], you only have one.' Well, we'll see next year."

Last season, LeMay led Butler High to a NCHSAA 4AA state title and a 15-0 record, which included two victories over Independence. On the season, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback threw for 3,296 yards with a 44-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a 69-percent completion rate.

"He's poised in the pocket," Butler head coach Mike Newsome said. "He's a pocket passer with a great arm, but he also has the ability to make people miss and get out of a lot of troubled situations."

Butler employs a balanced, multiple-scheme offense with its base being a one-back spread.

"We ask him to take care of the football and to make plays with his arm when he can," Newsome said. "If he can't, let's escape and get down the field and make positive yards out of it."

LeMay's accomplishments have unsurprisingly led to scholarship offers from schools throughout the nation.

"I think that they see that he's the total package in a quarterback, which you don't normally see in a quarterback," Newsome said. "You always have one that has good and bad about him. But [LeMay] pretty much has everything that you want him to have."

With so many options, LeMay has decided to take a systematic approach to his recruitment. He recently took the first step in that approach by cutting his list of schools under consideration to ten: Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech.

"[With those ten schools I like] the system, the coaching staff, the people around the staff like the players, how they develop their players, and how they relate to their players," LeMay said. "My coach, I want him to be someone I look back five years from now and I can talk to him and feel like he's one of my best friends."

The plan calls for LeMay to cut his current list in half by June. In July, he'll further trim the list to three schools and then announce his leader just before the start of his senior football season.

"I don't really want to go into the season and be thinking about my commitment," LeMay said. "I just want to be focused on my guys and giving them all that I can. It's my senior year; I want to go out with a bang."

LeMay will take official visits during the fall. How many visits he takes is unknown – he could take just one or he could take three.

Between now and his second cut, LeMay will be making several unofficial trips.

"Spring visits are going to be pretty crucial," LeMay said. "You can't take official [visits] until your senior year, but I'm trying to get it all done this spring… When I take my visits, I want to find out all that I can – find out all the ins and outs of the program."

LeMay took his first spring visit three weekends back to Clemson. The trip earned the Tigers a berth in LeMay's final five.

"Clemson is definitely in the top five cut already just off of how that trip went," LeMay said.

LeMay has had conversations with several college coaches. Recently, he spoke to both Butch Davis and Everett Withers, UNC's area recruiter.

"[Davis and Withers discussed] just how they'd like to have me there and how the quarterback situation is laying out for them right now," LeMay said. "With T.J. [Yates] about to leave, that would be perfect timing for me – especially coming in the spring to come in there and battle for the starting job."

How LeMay feels about a program will be the most important factor in his collegiate decision. He admits, though, that the depth chart will play a role.

"Who wants to sit the bench?" LeMay said. "That's something that affects [my decision], but I'm not afraid of competition. Competition is going to be at every level… I don't want to sit for four years and then play my senior year. I'd really like to play my freshman year or sophomore year."

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