UGA football added a second player to its 2022 recruiting class on Wednesday with inside linebacker C.J. Washington committing.
Recruiting for the 2021 class hasn’t bared much fruit this summer, but UGA football recently hit a home run for the 2022 class. Inside linebacker C.J. Washinton, the latest star from the football factory in Cedartown, Ga., chose the Bulldogs over Florida, LSU and Tennessee.
According to the 247Sports Composite, Washington is currently the No. 98 ranked player in the nation and the No. 5 ranked inside linebacker. Georgia sent Washtongton an offer after the George Elite Classic event where he dominated every offensive lineman put in his way.
Washington recently said “I chose Georgia not because of the just the players and the coaches, but I chose Georgia because it has always felt like home to me.” Cedartown is only two hours from Athens, on the other side of Atlanta.
Washington is as athletic of a defensive player as you will find. He is quick and powerful, making him very difficult to block. As if his physical traits weren’t enough, he probably the most energetic player whenever he’s on the field. He does not stop moving until the tackle is made, and being an inside linebacker, he’s usually the one making the tackle.
Despite playing a different position, Washington will be linked to UGA football legend Nick Chubb for likely the rest of his football career. Both are products of Cedartown High School and Washington wears the #27 in honor of Chubb. At 6-2 and 220 lbs., he’s only slightly smaller than Chubb was when he came to Georgia. Keep in mind, Washington is entering his junior year of high school. He’s going to be bigger by the time he suits up.
However, Washington has made clear he has no intention of riding Chubb’s coattails. He recently said “It is cool to see him do what he [Chubb] has done, to start here at Cedartown, go to Georgia and then go to the NFL, but I am going to Georgia to start my own legacy and I want to be better than him.”