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Recruiting: 5-star AJ Harris commits to UGA
Georgia got a huge addition to its 2023 recruiting class on Thursday as five-star A.J. Harris committed to the program.
The talented cornerback chose the Bulldogs over Alabama, Clemson, and Florida.
Harris made the announcement via his personal Twitter account on Thursday afternoon.
Harris is rated the nation’s No 25 overall player in the class of 2023, No. 5 cornerback and No. 5 prospect in the state of Alabama, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.
Harris recorded 31 total tackles, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and allowed only one catch while in coverage during his junior campaign. He also had a great year on the offensive side of the ball as well. He had 13 rushing attempts for 172 yards and five touchdowns. Additionally, he hauled in 13 passes for 307 yards and two scores. Harris managed all this while playing at Glenwood High School over the past two seasons.
According to the Opelika-Auburn News, Harris announced in the offseason that he would be transferring to Central High School (Phenix City, Alabama) for his senior year.
Ideal size for his position at 6-foot-1 and 180-pounds. Possesses an explosive lower half and ability to add additional weight to his frame. Displays good athletic ability in all three phases of the game. Will see the majority of his snaps at the safety position but exhibits some ability as a man defender at the corner position.
Quick twitch explosive player. Displays excellent short-area quickness and change of direction ability. Shows the ability to transition in and outbreaks quickly out of his backpedal. Possesses good play speed. Excels when playing downhill and in the short to intermediate part of the field. Aggressive run support defender. Flashes some key and diagnose ability with the ability to close space quickly. Violent at the point of attack. Will strike you.
Although he possesses the physical traits to play the corner position, can see a natural progression to nickel or deep safety role. Will need to continue to develop as a man-to-man defender in the deep part of the field but has a good feel for playing in coverage underneath.
Projects as a versatile secondary defender that can be deployed in a variety of ways. Best suited to play closer to the line of scrimmage where he can let his size and physicality take over. Will add immediate special teams contributions to multiple units at the next level. Has the ability to develop into an all-conference Power Five starter and should contribute sooner rather than later at the collegiate level. - Cooper Petagna of 247Sports