Auburn Getting "Outstanding Young Man"

C.J. Uzomah

North Gwinnett High coach Bob Sphire talks about Auburn's latest commitment C.J. Uzomah.

Suwanee, Ga.--Auburn picked up its 13th commitment for the class of 2011 and the second from the state of Georgia this week as four-star athlete C.J. Uzomah chose the Tigers over LSU.

At nearly 6-6, 235 pounds, Uzomah plays quarterback for North Gwinnett High, but could wear a number of different hats on the collegiate level with the ability to play wide receiver, tight end, H-Back and even some quarterback thrown in for good measure, according to North Gwinnett High school head coach Bob Sphire.

"Auburn is recruiting him as athlete and primarily as a receiver," Sphire tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "His sophomore year our top receiver got injured in week five and we moved him from quarterback to receiver.

"He had a tremendous last half of the season," Sphire recalls. "He was a real factor in the playoffs. Right then is when he started getting all his offers because everybody could see what he could do athletically.

"Those guys (Auburn) are very good about using their athletes in a lot of ways, very creative. I see him moving around as an inside receiver, outside receiver, maybe taking some snaps from time to time."

C.J. Uzomah

As much as Uzomah brings to the table on the field, Sphire contends that Auburn is getting just as much off the field from one of the leaders of his team.

"He's absolutely phenomenal," he says. "He's an outstanding young man. He's a great kid to coach with a tremendous personality. He's always upbeat. The kids absolutely love playing with him and for him.

"He looks mature with his size and stature, but he's like a kid in a candy store when he's playing. He's very coachable. I've been in it a long time and he's as fun to coach as any kid I've ever worked with."

His maturity has shown in the way that Uzomah has handled his recruitment from the time he began getting interest as a sophomore. Taking his time while also learning as much as possible about his favorite schools, Sphire says he's proud of the way the process took shape.

"He has been very methodical in this process," Uzomah notes. "I really commend him for not getting wrapped up in the emotions of it, the glitz and glamour. He knew what was on the table coming out of his sophomore year and that winter it all started happening. He started the process then of visiting for games and taking some unofficial visits. He really exhausted that this spring. He made numerous visits to Auburn. The last trip he made he had not had the chance to go down to Baton Rouge and evaluate LSU. He did that a week ago.

"At that stage he felt like he had evaluated everything he wanted to see and interacted with everybody he wanted to interact with," Sphire adds. "He really felt comfortable with Auburn had had developed a great relationship with their staff. He was excited about the way he felt they would use his talents.

"He really went through the process very methodically," the coach says. "It was a family decision. It was not an emotional, spur of the moment decision. It was really done the right way."

Uzomah joins Tucker linebacker Justin Garrett as the most recent Auburn commitments. They join junior college defensive back Izauea Lanier, Gadsden safety Anthony Swain, Pope (Marietta) lineman Thomas O'Reilly, Spanish Fort center Reese Dismukes, Deleware defensive lineman Angelo Blackson, Sweet Water linebacker Chris Landrum, Arkansas quarterback Kiehl Frazier, Mobile DL Jabrian Niles, wide receivers Sammie Coates and Jaylon Denson, and defensive back Devin Gaulden as Auburn's commitments to this point.

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