Coming into the 2012 season, few, if any, expected the Georgia offense to go down as the most prolific offense in the history of UGA football.
When the Bulldogs kicked off against Buffalo, four wide receivers had given their pledge to be a part of Georgia's 2013 signing class, but the staff had their eye on one more target that could help pick up the slack that seniors Marlon Brown and Tavarres King would leave behind.
Holmes Community College (Wiggins, Miss.) wide receiver Jonathan Rumph was that target and late last month the South Carolina native became Georgia's fifth commitment at the wide receiver position.
On Wednesday, the four-star playmaker got what he had been waiting for since he enrolled at Holmes a year and a half ago.
Rumph received his scholarship papers from UGA.
"Well. We talked about that last night. Coach (Tony) Ball called me and told me that I had been accepted into Georgia and they were going to send the papers," said Rumph. "My grandma woke me up and gave me the letter today, and I opened it. It was my scholarship to Georgia. I feel like it is such a blessing and I have come a long way. The job is not done, though. I still have a lot of work to do. God has blessed me with the ability to go on to a great team at the next level, so now I have to take it one day at a time and try to better myself each day. It's just an overall blessing."
While Rumph is currently in possession of his Letter of Intent to UGA, he says that he doesn't plan on signing it until later in the day when he sees his mother.
"My mom gets off at 4 p.m. (EST) so we are going to sit down then and decide when I am going to fax the papers in to Coach Ball and Coach Mark Richt," he said. "Then I'm going to go have a good work out and get back to the grind and use it as motivation to work even harder."
Taking the JUCO route is often an uncertain journey that doesn't always end the way a prospect hopes it will.
Rumph, however, couldn't be happier with what the experience has taught him and where it has allowed him to end up.
"The JUCO route has its good days and its bad days. The thing about JUCO is that it is all about how you take it and the way you let it influence you," said Rumph. "Coming out of high school, when I had to go JUCO, I only had one scholarship offer, but the thing with JUCO is that you can get lost or it can be a blessing for you. I took every opportunity to make it the best that I can. I took every day as a grind. I took every day as day as a positive. I took every negative situation at JUCO and tried to make it positive to better me mentally, to make me stronger and make me grow. I'm glad that I had the chance to go JUCO, now."
Now that it is time to take his game to the next level, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound wideout knows he has plenty of work left to do in order to meet his full potential.
"My plan is to elevate my game to the best of my ability," he said. "I want to try to jump head first into the playbook and make sure I know everything like the back of my hand so I feel more comfortable on the field. The more I know about the plays and the scheme, the more comfortable and better I will be on the field. I want to get comfortable with the coaches and the players, and get used to the Georgia college life."
As for joining the record-setting UGA offense, Rumph believes he can help the Bulldogs pick up where they left off in 2012 and has a message for those who see his size as his only attribute.
"I feel that I can come in and keep the pace going. I feel like I can be that big threat in the passing game," said Rumph. "I just want everybody to know that this year I'm trying to be more than just a jump-ball type guy. I want to be an all around receiver who can take a slant 70 yards. I have the ability to do that, and I know I have to be more explosive and quick. That is what I really want to work on. I feel like I can add that to my game."
Although Rumph has yet to fax in his Letter-of-Intent, he wants Georgia fans to rest assured that nothing funny will happen in that regard.
Rumph is set on Georgia.
"Georgia is definitely, 100 percent, where I am going," he said. "If I don't send them today, it is only because I couldn't fax them today. But it is definitely where I am going and where I will be sending my papers."
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