August 10, 2009

Tide hopes to steal 2011 Peach star

North Gwinnett High School has been a gold mine for the Alabama Crimson Tide recently, producing two of the Tide's top offensive line commits for the class of 2010 in Jawuan James and Austin Shepherd. The Suwannee, Ga. powerhouse program is also home to one of the top prospects of the 2011 class in athlete C.J. Uzomah, who is already receiving plenty of recruiting attention from the Tide as well as many other top programs from around the country.

"I definitely hear the most from Clemson, Alabama and Georgia," Uzomah said. "I'm sure it has a lot to do with how close those three schools are to my high school so they've probably had a chance to see me more but I hear a lot from all three of them."

Uzomah, 6-foot-5, 210-pounds, said his Alabama committed teammates have been actively recruiting him to join them in Tuscaloosa ever since they declared their commitment to UA.

"Obviously, Jawuan and Austin talk to me a lot about Alabama. They really love it and they are constantly trying to get me to go down there with them every time they visit. I am definitely going to go to a game with them this fall and get a good feel for what it's really like on a game day. I know the coaching staff at Alabama is great and I know the academic standards are strong but I want to get a feel for the atmosphere on campus."

While Uzomah was originally slated to be North Gwinnett's backup quarterback last season, depth issues led him to move to receiver where he quickly established himself as one of the team's top offensive weapons. While Uzomah will start at quarterback for North Gwinnett this season, his performance as a receiver last season has many college programs, including the Tide, recruiting him as a wide out.

"Right now Alabama is recruiting me as a receiver. I was really kind of shocked when they told me that, to be honest. I have played quarterback all my life and I really only stepped in as a wide receiver last year because our starter there was hurt. I felt good about my abilities as a receiver but I've really always wanted to establish myself as a quarterback. I will be playing quarterback this year but I'm definitely open to playing other positions in college."

"I don't really have a strategy or a plan for how I'm going to handle the recruiting process yet. I'm going to go out there and do my best this fall and see how things start to play out. I'm excited to get this process started and I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can about the schools recruiting me."

Uzomah boasts a 3.0 GPA as well as a 4.7 forty time.

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