Georgia football: An early look at the talented 2023 recruiting class

Georgia Bulldogs running back Kenny McIntosh breaks a tackle. (Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Georgia Bulldogs running back Kenny McIntosh breaks a tackle. (Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

While Georgia football is finishing up the final few pieces for the 2022 recruiting class, it’s already time to start thinking about 2023.

The Dawgs coaching staff has been working on 2023 for a while, but let’s look at them a little closer.

Georgia already has eight pledges for the 2023 recruiting class, and according to 247Sports Composite rankings, the Dawgs are No.1 in the country.

Georgia football is already off to a hot start to the 2023 recruiting class.

Of those eight commitments, six are 4-stars and two are 3-stars. Four are from Georgia, three are from Florida and one from Alabama.

Pearce Spurlin, a 4-star tight end, was the first addition to this class, as he decided on Sept. 30, 2020. The 6-6, 220-pound Florida native ranks as the No. 65 overall, No.3 tight end and the No. 12 player in Florida.

He gave the Dawgs a huge momentum boost to start this 2023 class on the right foot. Spurlin visited Georgia on unofficial visits on Sept. 18 and Nov. 6, so the Dawgs are making sure to show the love. Tight ends coach Todd Hartley is doing a top-notch job getting these top-ranked guys.

Seven Cloud, a three-star defensive lineman, was the second pledge of the class. He committed back on Jan. 7. The McEachern player is 6-3 and 325-pounds and will be an excellent addition to Dawgs’s front seven. He is the No.62 defensive linemen and No.41 player in Georgia.

Four-star Daquayvious Sorey was the third to pledge on Feb. 19. He is a 6-2, 185-pound wide receiver from Chipley, Fla., and currently ranks as the No. 95 overall, No.15 wideout and No.19 in Florida.

Marcus Washington is currently the Dawgs’ highest-ranked player in the 2023 class as the four-star is the No. 52 overall, No. 7 cornerback and the No. 5 player in Georgia. He committed on May 15, and it was a big pickup for the Dawgs.

Washington has a great twitch to him, and he will make a great addition to this class. He runs a 4.46 40-yard dash and 10.76 100-yard dash. Washington is an in-state kid that the Dawgs need to keep in this class because he has a high ceiling and will only get better.

Then there is Bo Hughley, a 4-star offensive tackle committed to the Dawgs on Sept. 23. He is a massive pledge for the Dawgs as he is 6-7 and 290-pounds. With the 2022 class not having the usual abundance of big offensive linemen, having Hughley committed early helps tremendously.

A few days after Hughley committed, Kayin Lee, a cornerback from Cedar Grove, pledged. The 5-11 160-pounds 4-star is the No.13 corner and No. 15 Georgia player. With 24 offers, he is a hot commodity, so the Dawgs are lucky they got him.

Lee is a physical corner who isn’t afraid to put his hands on wideouts. The Dawgs need corners, so he is a great addition.`

Georgia’s latest two pledges are Raymond Cottrell on Nov. 11 and RyQueze McElderry on Nov. 30. Cottrell is a 4-star wideout who is 6-2 and 203 pounds. He is a big wideout and it was an even sweeter pledge because the Dawgs flipped him from Florida.

He will be one the Dawgs need to show love to because with the Gators’ new head coach trying to mend the issues, Cottrell will be one he tries to get to come home.

Cottrell ranks as the No. 91 overall, No. 14 wideout and No. 18 Florida player. He is a big part of this class, and if the Dawgs can bring him across state lines, that will be a big blow to Florida.

McElderry is the Dawgs’ second offensive lineman in this class, but he is an interior lineman. He is the No. 29 interior lineman and the No. 21 player in Alabama.

The Crimson Tide will be the biggest challenger with this young man, but despite being a 3-star, he works hard, and that could raise. Georgia offensive line coach Matt Luke can do wonders with guys like McElderry, so hopefully, he will stick with the Dawgs.

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Georgia already has a great start to the 2023 class, and they’re being strategic with their needs. Head coach Kirby Smart is so good at this, and his staff around him is just as good. The future for Georgia football is exciting.