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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Signee profile: TE/HB C.J. Uzomah

C.J. Uzomah, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound athlete from Suwanee, Ga., is Auburn's first signee for 2011.

Uzomah is a four-star recruit by Scout, which rates him as the No. 8 tight end in the country, and a three-star by Rivals.

He played quarterback his senior season at North Gwinnett High but played a variety of roles, as a passer, rusher and receiver. He finished the season with more than 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns accounted for.

Uzomah could wear a number of hats in Gus Malzahn's system at Auburn, where he could be a tight end, H-back, receiver or Wildcat quarterback. The scouting services like him best as a tight end/H-back, where he could be a red zone threat with his size and leaping ability.

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  • Committed: July 31, 2010
  • Recruited by: Ted Roof
  • Also considered: LSU, Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Miami
  • Rivals: 20 position (TE), 23 state
  • Scout: 228 overall, 8 position (TE)
  • ESPN: 36 position (ATH)
  • Notable: Class AAAAA first-team all-state selection in 2010
  • Quotable: "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.” -- North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire

Here's a scouting report by Scout's Chad Simmons and Scott Kennedy:
Uzomah is has many of the tools it takes to be an elite athlete. He has great size, he has great mobility, he is very smart, and he can make plays. As a junior he is still learning the QB position, improving his technique, and becoming the total QB. If he is to remain at QB he needs to work throwing the ball with consistency and show more arm strength, but he's more likely to move to another position in college.

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