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Uzomah taking time with college choice

Staff Photo: Jonathaan Phillips. North Gwinnett quarterback C.J. Uzomah, right, throws a pass to Donnie Miles during their 7-on-7 game against Jefferson County on Thursday.

Staff Photo: Jonathaan Phillips. North Gwinnett quarterback C.J. Uzomah, right, throws a pass to Donnie Miles during their 7-on-7 game against Jefferson County on Thursday.

SUGAR HILL -- While there were plenty of talented players on display during Thursday's action at North Gwinnett's National Select 7-on-7 Qualifier at Gary Pirkle Park, the Bulldogs' C.J. Uzomah perhaps garnered the most attention.

It's something the 6-foot-5, 215-pound rising senior has gotten used to as one of Gwinnett County's most highly-recruited players in the class of 2011.

Taking part in Thursday's games, as well as today's bracket-play games, allowed Uzomah to take a break in the recruiting process.

In a day and age in which many players make verbal commitments as early as just after signing day of the previous senior class, Uzomah is being deliberate with his decision, though it's not something he wants to put off too long.

"I'm kind of taking my time," Uzomah said. "It's kind of getting down to crunch time, though. My parents and I have really been knuckling down really hard on getting around and talking to coaches. ... Hopefully I'll commit (somewhere) around mid-summer."

Uzomah has been quite busy in the spring. He has already visited Tennessee and has visits scheduled for Auburn, Florida and LSU in the coming weeks.

Those four schools are pretty much his favorites for the time being, though he added that he mind is still wide open to other schools, including in-state programs at Georgia and Georgia Tech, both of which he has unofficially visited often over the past year.

"I'm still kind of looking around," Uzomah said. "But I know those four (Auburn, Florida, LSU and Tennessee) are at the top."

A major factor in his decision may be what position he is given a chance to play.

Uzomah was a second-team all-county selection as an all-purpose athlete after throwing for 1,723 yards and 14 touchdowns and running for 709 yards and 10 more scores as North's starting quarterback last fall.

However, his size and athleticism also makes him an attractive prospect at wide receiver, a position he played during his sophomore season two years ago, catching 13 passes for 284 yards and five TDs.

Uzomah saw most of his action at receiver in Thursday's 7-on-7 qualifier, but said people shouldn't read too much into that.

"It's mainly because we've got a lot of guys out right now," Uzomah said. "Some of our receivers are ... (still) recovering from injuries last year. We're just kind of trying to fill in spots.

"I'd prefer to play quarterback (in college). ... I'd like at least a shot to play quarterback."