Kevin C. Cox
Georgia enrolled 13 young men this semester that will be getting their first taste of SEC football this spring, and hopefully contribute come the fall. With signing day little more than a week away, we'll run down that baker's dozen worth of names to whet your appetite for the several more expected to join them in the 2013 a week from tomorrow.
We introduced you to Aulden Bynum earlier today, with fellow early enrolling players Chris Mayes and Ryne Rankin also already discussed. You'll get a chance to meet the other incoming recruits later on, but for now, we'll focus on WR Jonathon Rumph.
Rumph, like Mayes, comes to Athens after spending the last 18 months or so at a junior college in Mississippi. The Cayce, SC product had a strong highlight reel coming out of high school, but no offers (which in these cases is often due to academic concerns). You can catch his high school highlights below, where he showed off his length and athleticism catching the ball and returning kicks, but also punted for Brookland-Cayce and occasionally lined up at QB where the left-hander threw a few passes.
Rumph moved from there to Holmes Community College in Mississippi, where he hauled in 45 passes for 569 yds and 3 TDs this past season. We return Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Conley, and Michael Bennett, among others, so I wouldn't expect his playing time to be that much early on. But you never know how well Bennett returns from his knee injury, and enrolling early will certainly help Rumph get better acclimated to our system, and increase his familiarity with Aaron Murray. There is a definite role for him to fill, and coming from the highly competitive Mississippi JUCOs, he has plenty of experience against defensive backs similar to what he'll face in the SEC. His highlights can be seen below, where he's #2 for Holmes.
As you can see from the video, Rumph is long. His 6'5 frame will come in useful around the red zone, but you also see an agility that Holmes tries to utilize on quick passes and screens. With his long legs, he doesn't look to be moving too fast, but isn't being caught (something similar to how I've described Todd Gurley). He's also an excellent leaper, again which will be useful around the red zone.
Rumph shows a willingness to block in those clips, although he's certainly not Hines Ward in his aggressiveness getting after it. He could do a better job extending his hands to the ball, which was something our most recent Palmetto State pass catcher, AJ Green, did as well as anyone. But he shows solid hands, a big target, and SEC caliber athletic tools. He'll likely line up at SE, in a role similar to how we saw Marlon Brown being used this past season.