, one of the nation's top quarterbacks and the leader of one the country's top high school teams, has decided to forgo his senior season at Butler (Matthews, N.C.)
and will instead focus on preparing to enroll at the University of Georgia, according to a report from Sporting News
LeMay had been facing a possible suspension for a violation of a school conduct rule that would have kept him out of school for 30 days.
Instead, LeMay will transfer to a private school to finish his academic course load in time to enroll early at Georgia.
"Given the unwillingness of (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools) to apply a more reasonable consequence for such a youthful infraction, as disheartening as it is, we must make the decision to move on and focus Christian's attention to preparing for enrollment at the University of Georgia in January," according to a statement the family released to
. "Although rumors suggest that Christian would likely transfer … Christian could not imagine playing his senior season at any place other than with his brother Uriah and his teammates at Butler High School."
As a junior, LeMay threw for 3,291 yards and 44 touchdowns, versus only two interceptions, in leading Butler to its first state title. His junior season featured two victories over long-time nemesis Independence (Charlotte, N.C.)
Butler, which returns a number of other key pieces from last year's successful run, was poised to begin the season near the top of the Xcellent 25. Without LeMay, it's unlikely the Bulldogs will retain such a high ranking.
At Georgia, LeMay will get a chance to move up a depth chart that is depleted at quarterback. He is the nation's No. 2 quarterback and the top pro-style QB according to Tom Lemming.
"Christian will now prepare himself for the next season of his life as he takes this time to become stronger, spiritually, academically and physically," the statement read. "Christian will certainly be prepared to arrive in Georgia this spring ready to compete. We are fully confident that his best days are still yet to come."