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Georgia freshman defensive back Kelee Ringo is expected to have shoulder surgery.

Georgia freshman DB Kelee Ringo to undergo shoulder surgery, ‘blessing in disguise’

ATHENS — Georgia 5-star defensive back prospect Kelee Ringo will undergo shoulder surgery and be out an indefinite amount of time, a source told DawgNation on Friday morning.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to start practice next Monday with the season slated to began on Sept. 26 against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

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Ringo’s injury was pre-existing, according to a source with knowledge of it.

Ringo, from Scottsdale, Ariz., had been taking part in the voluntary workouts, which began on June 8.

Before arriving on campus, Ringo was pushing to get big game-ready, working out with 5-time NFL Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman earlier in the offseason.

Ringo was not expected to start, but most believed he would have an immediate impact.

The Bulldogs return starting safety Richard LeCounte lll, along with three cornerbacks with multiple starts in Eric Stokes, Tyson Campbell, DJ Daniel.

Georgia signed early enrollee defensive backs Jalen Kimber (CB), and Major Burns (S). Daran Branch (CB), like Ringo, reported in June.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Ringo was the No. 1-ranked cornerback and No. 4 overall player in the nation in the 2020 signing class, per the 247Sports composite.

Ringo is at least the third member of the incoming class to have a surgical issue.

• Receiver Arian Smith had knee and wrist injury.

• Tight end Darnell Washington had a knee procedure.

• Freshman offensive lineman Broderick Jones suffered a lower leg injury earlier this summer that was not expected to keep him out more than 4 to 6 weeks.

More details to come

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