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4-star All-American CB Marcus Washington Jr. is heading to Athens a lot earlier than expected. (Courtesy photo)
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BREAKING: Georgia’s 2022 class adds another top 100 DB with the reclassification of legacy Marcus Washington Jr.

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This rep has the latest with legacy CB commitment Marcus Washington Jr. from the class of 2023 to 2022.

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Georgia’s 2023 recruiting class took a hit on Monday night, but this will be about the only circumstance where DawgNation will consider it to be very very good news.

That’s because the 2022 Georgia recruiting class will have at least one more #Bo22Moves left in it.

Class of 2023 All-American (and UGA legacy) cornerback prospect Marcus Washington will reclassify to the Class of 2022 and report to UGA on May 31.

Washington, the son of former Georgia LB Marcus Washington, will graduate early from Grovetown High School in the Metro Augusta area and join the 2022 team.

“I saw it as an opportunity to elevate my level of development as an athlete,” Washington said. “Because I will have an opportunity to get an early start of being coached by the best coaches in college football and being groomed by the premier college football program that coach [Kirby] Smart has built in Athens. “UGA was already a top program and Kirby just elevated it to that next level and I’m excited to have an opportunity to be a part of that.”

He now adds to a defensive back class in 2022 that only further cements itself as the greatest group of DB recruits in Kirby Smart’s time at UGA and very likely the history of the program since the modern recruiting rankings systems have been around.

Kirby Smart said during spring practice he was worried about the cornerback position from what he had seen. Well, he gets another fast and physical defender to add to coach Fran Brown’s room this fall.

The 6-foot, 170-pound Washington now becomes the fifth defensive back in the 2022 class that wound up ranked among the nation’s top 100 overall recruits.

This is an ELITE defensive back class if there ever was one for Smart in Athens. The numbers below, culled from the 247Sports Composite databases, will place that feat in the proper perspective.

  • Defensive backs rated among nation’s top 100 players signed by UGA (2016-2021): 7
  • Defensive backs rated among nation’s top 100 players signed by UGA (2022): 5
  • 5-star defensive backs signed by UGA (2016-2021): 3
  • 5-star defensive back signees at UGA (2022): 3
  • 5-star cornerback signees at UGA (2016-2021): 2
  • 5-star cornerback signees at UGA (2022): 2

Washington took his official visit this past weekend to Athens. If that seemed rather early for an unofficial visit with the timing, then it should not anymore.

“The OV was amazing,” Washington said. “But it was more about having the ability to start working with Coach Smart and his coaching staff in order to expedite my training and development.”

He committed to UGA back on May 15, 2021, and his reclassification news comes almost a year to the day when he initially made that verbal pledge to the Bulldogs.

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