April 1, 2010

Buckeyes keeping tabs on Uzomah

Recruiting in the state of Georgia has been solid for the Buckeyes in the past couple of seasons and Suwannee athlete C.J. Uzomah is one of the next big names coming out of the Peachtree State.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder already has offers from most of the southeast including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Miami (Fla.), South Carolina and Tennessee to name a few schools. Overall it has been a quick start to the recruiting of the North Gwinnett high school star and has been something that has been a surprising treat to Uzomah.

"It feels good and I never thought that something like this would happen," Uzomah said. "I have been playing football my whole life and just going out there and having fun and it will be great to have the opportunity to play at the next level."

Uzomah played quarterback last season for his team and has a good set of measurable to go with his size. The fast riser has a 4.7 second (40-yard dash) time to go along with a 28 inch vertical and a 3.0 GPA in the class room.

Schools from outside of the region have taken notice as well including Northwestern and Maryland. With so many different schools after him, all running different style of offenses, it goes a long way in saying what these different teams think of the skill set that

"The offense that we run in high school we try and do it all and we do some of the spread option type of things and is some games we will run a lot and in others we will pass a lot just depending on the situation," Uzomah said. "I guess schools feel that I would be a good fit for their program."

The Buckeyes have been in touch with Uzomah for a while now and despite not offering have been keeping tabs on the development of the rising senior. The greater Suwannee part of the state has produced the tandem of Cameron Heyward and Bradley Roby through the past couple of seasons and because of that the Ohio State coach have been able to check in on that very talented part of the state.

"I have been able to talk to coach Paul Haynes a little bit but not a whole lot," Uzomah said. "He got down for some practices and we got to talk a little bit. He said that they are impressed with me and they like my size and have said that I have a good frame and such."

Ohio State's class figures to check in around 20-21 players and the board is already full at a couple of positions. Have the Buckeyes had a chance to see Uzomah fitting in at a specific position?

"They really haven't said because it was the beginning of the junior season so they haven't really be able to see me play quarterback that much," Uzomah said. "They probably see more as an athlete than anything."

With players like Braxton Miller (offered), Jerrard Randall (offered) and Cardale Jones (not offered) on the quarterback board there is more of a chance that Ohio State would be looking at Uzomah to fit in potentially at a different position.

"I played some receiver as a sophomore and this year going through spring practice we are a little low on some positions… I might actually play a little bit of tight end and receiver during the spring," Uzomah said. "Our backup quarterback is going to be a phenomenal guy so we are going to be switching out some."

C.J. plans on being busy this summer with plans of graduating early and summer school and online classes will be in his future while he tries to get the necessary credits knocked out to be able to finish up before the first of the year. That however doesn't mean that Uzomah will be too busy to check some things out to help him pare his list down.

"At this point I am trying to analyze all of the schools that have offered me and am trying to make my rounds to the schools, especially during spring break and during the summer," Uzomah said. "I want to visit as many places as possible and see what fits the best for me."

And an Ohio State offer would put the Buckeyes right in the mix but don't look for any school to immediately jump into a 'favorite' position at this point.

"I don't have any leaders right now and I just need to see if any one school stands out the most and get a feel for the atmosphere and things like that," Uzomah said.

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