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Names to know for Georgia football 2022 recruiting class
While most were paying attention to the end of the 2021 recruiting cycle, schools were already moving ahead with the 2022 recruiting class. Programs like Ohio State, Georgia and LSU have put together strong classes with multiple blue-chip recruits.
“I have always seen January as a chance to jump ahead on the other guys,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “We just have a little more time now because you are on less 2021 kids because your class is pretty much done.
“We have always put a big emphasis on that next class. That has not changed it has just seemed to be that way.”
Related: Why Georgia is off to a faster-recruiting start in 2022 cycle and how the return of visits might impact it
So with the page turned to the 2022 recruiting cycle, we figure it’s the perfect time to introduce you to the players already committed to Georgia and those who Smart and the Georgia coaching staff are heavily pursuing.
This list isn’t a projection of everyone that Georgia will land in this class. We did this exercise for the 2021 recruiting cycle, and eight of the 21 players listed ended up signing with Georgia. The Bulldogs won’t win all of these recruiting battles, but these are ones worth following over the 2022 recruiting cycle.
*Note that player rankings are via the 247Sports Composite ranking
Current Georgia football 2022 commits
Deyon Bouie: Committed to Georgia on Nov. 1, 2020. No. 24 overall player in 2022 class*, 5-star athlete from Bainbridge, Ga., who will play cornerback at the next level. Sentell Intel: Georgia lands 5-star athlete Deion Bouie out of the same hometown as Kirby Smart
Gunner Stockton: Committed to Georgia on Jan. 28, 2021. No. 27 overall player in 2022 class, 5-star quarterback from Tiger, Ga. Sentell Intel: Gunner Stockton is in for the long haul. He plans to ‘graduate’ from Georgia
Tyre West: Committed to Georgia on Dec. 2, 2020. No. 47 overall player in 2022 class, 4-star defensive tackle from Tifton, Ga. Sentell Intel: Georgia lands No. 4 defensive tackle in Georgia native Tyre West
Marquis Groves-Killebrew: Committed to Georgia on May 27. No. 92 overall player in 2022 class, 4-star defensive back from Snellville, Ga. Sentell Intel: Georgia lands its 2022 class anchor in cornerback Marquis Groves-Killebrew
CJ Washington: Committed to Georgia on July 22, 2020. No. 109 overall player in 2022 class, 4-star inside linebacker from Cedartown, Ga. Sentell Intel: 2022 LB CJ Washington commit found a slick new way to say how much he loves UGA
Big Bear Alexander: Committed to Georgia on Feb. 3, 2021. No. 140 overall player in 2022 class, 4-star defensive tackle from Denton, Texas. Sentell Intel: Georgia goes out of state to land Big Bear Alexander
Darrius Smith: Committed to Georgia on Dec. 3, 2020. No. 266 overall player in 2022 class, 4-star outside linebacker from Baxley, Ga. Sentell Intel: Georgia lands its next Adam Anderson in pass rusher Darris Smith