November 21, 2012

Film study: Jonathan Rumph

Holmes Community College (Goodman, Miss.) wide receiver Jonathan Rumph became Georgia's 29th commitment on Wednesday, and the fifth commitment at the wide receiver position.

Since the Bulldogs will lose two highly productive seniors in Tavarres King and Marlon Brown, Rumph is a prospect that the Georgia staff is clearly hoping can make an immediate impact.

Below, UGASports takes a look at what Rumph brings to the table and how he fits in to the Georgia offense.

Where he is great: The first thing that stands out about Rumph is his size. He is 6-foot-5, 215 pounds and is very well built. Rumph has huge hands and very long arms that he uses to go up over defenders and snatch the ball out of the air.

The JUCO standout also possesses excellent body control. He does a great job of using his body to shield defenders, and he has the ability to quickly adjust to the football in mid air.

He can twist his body to get balls that are behind him, and his long arms allow him to reach out and get balls that would normally be incomplete.

Rumph also has excellent strength. He does a great job of using his upper body strength to get off the jam at the line of scrimmage, and his size/strength combination allow him to maintain position at all times.

Where he is good: Rumph doesn't have elite speed, but he still has plenty of speed to get behind defenses.

He is also a solid route runner despite being in a run oriented offense. He has the hips and quickness to cross the face of cornerbacks and get to the skinny post or slant, and he has the fluidity to open his hips and get outside leverage.

One thing that gets a big underrated with receivers is balance, and Rumph shows excellent balance when running his routes. He doesn't get too far out over his feet, and does a good job when cornerbacks make lower body contact of keeping his feet.

Where he needs work: Rumph has good speed, but he isn't the kind of player that is going to blow by a defense and stretch the field against double coverage. He needs to work on his burst once he gets to UGA.

While he runs good routes now, he will need to add more routes to his repertoire while at UGA. He runs a limited amount of patterns at this stage in his career, but will need to develop the ability to run all routes on the tree during his first spring practice in Athens.

Rumph will also need to make the adjustment from running set patterns on every play to making sight adjustments on the fly depending on coverage.

Overall: From his first day on campus at UGA, Rumph will be one of the Bulldogs' top red zone and third down targets. He is a big body that will be hard to between the hash marks or on the outside. Rumph has the speed and flexibility to play on the outside, but he has the size that can be used in the slot. He comes from a run oriented scheme where he is accustomed to blocking on the edge, and will likely be a big asset in the horizontal screen game because of his size and blocking ability. Rumph is the type of receiver that doesn't need to be open to make the big play. Whether he is facing double or single coverage, he can go up and get the ball at its highest points, and he has the strength to come down with it.

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