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Recruiting: Bulldogs pick up pledge from 2023 linebacker CJ Allen
Georgia picked up a commitment from talented in-state linebacker CJ Allen on Monday night.
The four-star prospect announced his pledge to the Bulldogs via his personal Twitter account.
Allen chose the Bulldogs over Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Auburn, among others. He becomes the 12th member of Georgia’s 2023 recruiting class and the first linebacker in it.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect is rated the nation’s No. 167 overall prospect, No. 10 linebacker and the No. 15 player in the state of Georgia, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Allen has played football at Lamar County Comprehensive High School (GA) for the past three years. He was named the Region 3-AA Player of the Year following his junior campaign. Allen was a two-way athlete for the Trojans, who went 6-4 overall in 2021.
He rushed for 1,080 yards last season while averaging 9.6 yards per attempt. He also scored 16 touchdowns via the ground. Defensively, he was credited with 91 total tackles. 7.5 tackles for loss and had three interceptions for Lamar County last season as a junior.
Allen also plays basketball and runs track for the Trojans. He averaged 7.7 points per game on the hardwood in 2021. Allen was a regional qualifier in the 100-meter race with a personal record of 11.16 seconds. He posted a PR of 23.58 in the 200-meter competition, while also making it to the Class 2A state meet in the shot put with a 45-6 mark.
According to his 247Sports profile, Allen went on an official visit to Tennessee this past weekend before making the decision to commit to Georgia. Bulldogs’ inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann was the lead recruiter throughout this entire process.