November 21, 2012

What will Rumph do?

Georgia came into the 2013 recruiting cycle with wide receiver as a primary need for the class.

After receiving four commitments from recruits who will enroll as freshman, the Georgia staff turned most of its attention to Holmes Community College (Goodman, Miss.) wide receiver Jonathan Rumph for immediate help at the position.

Rumph, who will enroll at the school of his choice in January, will make his decision at 7 p.m. tonight at Spires Community Center in Cayce, S.C.

According to the four star JUCO prospect, Mississippi State, Georgia, Florida, and Texas Tech are the schools he will choose from, and below, UGASports takes a look at Rumph's recruitment and what kind of impact his decision will have on the UGA"s recruiting class.

Rumph's Recruitment

Rumph has taken official visits to Tennesee, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, and Georgia.

His visit to Georgia wasn't a certainty, but he decided to make the trip to Athens the week of the Ole Miss game. According to those who spent time with him on his visit, Rumph was very impressed with the game day atmosphere in Athens and the UGA program.

While Florida and Texas Tech are also in the running for Rumph, Mississippi State appears to be Georgia's main competition, and the Bulldogs of the SEC West have recruited Rumph heavily for quite awhile now.

Like Georgia, Mississippi State needs immediate help at the position and Rumph has formed a strong relationship with the staff in Starkville.

At this point, we feel confident in saying that Rumph's decision will come down to the Bulldogs of Georgia or Mississippi State on Wednesday.

Rumph's game

Rumph is a big, physical receiver at 6-foot-5 215 pounds, but shows solid quickness and fluidity on film.

He runs sound routes and has really grown physically and as a route runner at the JUCO level. He does an excellent job of making plays in the vertical passing game whether he is open or not, and can make plays in space after the catch.

His big body allows him to shield defenders on possession routes, and when you combine his leaping ability with his elite size, Rumph is a tough matchup for almost any defensive back.

If Rumph doesn't choose UGA

Should Rumph choose a school other than UGA, it isn't exactly like Georgia has to go back to the drawing board.

The Bulldogs have four commitments at the wide receiver position right now, but they would like to add the big vertical threat that could make an immediate impact.

If Rumph was no longer a possibility, Georgia would likely turn the heat up even further on Fork Union (Fork Union, Va.) wide receiver JaQuay Williams. Williams will officially visit Georgia this weekend when the Bulldogs face Georgia Tech.

Williams is similar to Rumph in both size and ability to separate, and after a year at prep school, he will likely be able to step in and help right away.

Williams, however, isn't as physically ready for the rigors of SEC football as Rumph.

If Rumph chooses UGA

First of all, Georgia will have added one of their top targets at the wide receiver position. The Bulldog coaching staff targeted Rumph early and never let up because they believe he can be a big part of the offense in 2013.

Adding Rumph also adds a big-time red zone target to replace the production of seniors Tavarres King and Marlon Brown.

In addition to being physically ready to play in the SEC, Rumph will also give Georgia a huge target that can provide security for Georgia's quarterbacks.

Don't expect, however, Georgia to slow its recruitment of Williams. According sources close to Williams, Georgia has a spot for him regardless of what Rumph does. What is unknown is how a commitment for Rumph would affect Williams' feelings toward UGA.

That is something that could become clearer after William's official visit.


Rumph has been heavily recruited by a number of schools in this recruiting cycle, and he possesses an impressive offer list.

Going into his visit to UGA, Tennessee and Mississippi State appeared to be the teams to beat, but Georgia hit a home run with the official and it looks as if they are the team to beat.

You can't count out Mississippi State here, but at Georgia, Rumph can win and play right way, and he is a perfect fit for Mike Bobo's offense.

UGASports predicts that Rumph will choose Georgia on Wednesday.

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