UGASports – 2022 Signing Day Central

Welcome to Early Signing Day.

Georgia commits will be signing their National Letters of Intent throughout the day. A couple of key Bulldog targets are set to announce their decisions as well.

Stay tuned in with UGASports Early Signing Day Central as we continue to update Georgia’s signees throughout the day.

Three-star offensive tackle Kelton Smith committed to Georgia over offers from schools such as Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, Oregon and Texas A&M. Smith has experience at both guard and tackle so that versatility will help him make an impact sooner rather than later for the Bulldogs. He has a rare combination of length and athleticism that is raw with a lot of untapped potential.

At 6-foot-6, 323 pounds, Georgia early enrollee Joshua Miller adds another brick to the ‘Great Wall of Georgia’ as offensive line coach Stacy Searels likes to say. Miller is an offensive tackle prospect that was previously committed to Penn State from December of 2021 to June of 2022. Georgia got involved in late May and things moved quickly towards a flip to the Dawgs. Miller is a native of Chester, Virginia, and was a standout for Life Christian Academy on both sides of the ball in high school.

Barnesville, Georgia, native CJ Allen has been committed to the Georgia Bulldogs since June of this year. Allen is an explosive athlete with a 6-foot-1 220-pound frame. Allen was a star running back for his Lamar County team in high school, but will make his impact at the college level at inside linebacker. Tennessee, Oklahoma, and USC all worked to secure the commitment of Allen, but ultimately Allen decided that staying home to get developed in Georgia’s system was the best move for his future. Allen is an early enrollee and currently practicing with Georgia.

Monroe Freeling is a towering 6-foot-7 prospect that is now hovering around the 300 pound mark. Freeling, a native of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, is one of, if not the, biggest win for offensive line coach Stacy Searels and the Georgia Bulldogs in the Class of 2023. With an enormous frame, Freeling also possesses good agility and overall athleticism. Georgia beat out its main competition in this recruitment which was the Clemson Tigers. Freeling is a Rivals250 player and the No. 1 overall prospect out of South Carolina in the 2023 cycle.

Georgia flipped Haynes from Penn State in July of this year. The Rivals250 receiver from Pennsylvania brings blazing speed to the class. He has been clocked at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash. On just 55 catches in his senior season, Haynes recorded 1,212 yards and 13 touchdowns. That speed combined with solid size gives Haynes the potential to be a difference-maker in the Georgia offense.

Williams might be the most well-rounded of Georgia’s receiver commits. He has great size at 6-foot-4 and over 200 pounds. But Williams also has good speed and is explosive enough to be a dynamic punt returner for Lakeland High School in Florida. As an early enrollee who is also taking part in bowl practices, Williams has a decent chance to carve out a role for himself in the offense next fall.

Another prospect that also gets overshadowed slightly due to a miss at the position in-state is safety Joenel Aguero. I expected the No. 6 nationally rated safety to see the field early and often in Athens. He just helped lead St. John’s Prep (MA) won another state title a few weeks ago.

Georgia’s first commit of the day came around 8:30 when defensive back Daniel Harris committed to the Bulldogs. Harris had backed off his previous pledge to Georgia last month but has now rejoined the class. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Harris is just the type of long and rangy prospect Kirby Smart and company like to play at corner.

UPDATE: Harris’ paperwork came in at around 9:15 this morning, officially making him a Bulldog.

Anthony Evans III is as fast a prospect as there is in the Class of 2023. With a verified 10.2 100-meter time and true 4.3 40-yard dash speed, Evans can simply fly. Originally a commit to the Oklahoma Sooners, Evans decided to flip his commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs after a long pursuit from Bryan McClendon and Todd Monken. Evans is an early enrollee who is already practicing with the team. With that experience and tremendous speed, Evans could find himself on the field for Georgia in 2023.

Harris committed to Georgia in June at the end of a tireless recruitment by Fran Brown. A long-standing relationship with Kirby Smart also played a role in Harris’ decision. Harris is Georgia’s highest-rated defensive back commit at No. 31 overall. He has good size (6-foot-1 and 183 pounds) and pairs strong coverage skills with physical play and a willingness to tackle opponents. It will be tough with those in front of him, but Harris is a freshman who could possibly see the field in some capacity.

Troy Bowles is just one of several linebacker signees for the Bulldogs. Troy is the son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles. A few of these battles, including this one, were won over playoff teams such as Ohio State. The No. 3 nationally rated inside linebacker recorded 65 total tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and led his Jesuit (Fla.) team with five interceptions.

Spurlin is Georgia’s longest-standing commit, having been pledged to the Bulldogs since Sept. 30, 2020. Now the prospect who grew up a rabid Georgia fan in metro Atlanta has officially put pen to paper with the Bulldogs. Spurlin is listed as a tight end, but his athleticism and route running basically make him a big receiver. It will be interesting to see how Georgia employs his skill set alongside fellow incoming tight end Lawson Luckie.

Luckie listened to a pitch from Alabama in recent months. But the Georgia legacy ultimately decided to sign with the Bulldogs. He is built more in the mold of a traditional tight end at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Luckie is already a strong blocker, something Georgia will need in the room with Darnell Washington likely departing after the season. He and Pearce Spurlin complement each other well as a tight end duo in this class.

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