What to know about Anthony Evans and the rest of the 2023 UGA football recruiting class
Kirby Smart and the UGA football staff are once again looking to sign the best recruiting class. Here is a landing page for 2023 football players that have made their verbal commitment to Georgia.
This list will be updated as future commitments are made and is in order of most recent commits.
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(Note: Rankings are from the 247Sports Composite unless otherwise noted)
WR Anthony Evans
Hometown: Converse, Texas
High School: Judson
Ranking: Four-star; No. 284 overall; No. 39 WR
Date of commitment: November 25, 2022
Analysis: Evans was in attendance for Georgia's throttling of Tennessee this season, which was enough to flip the talented receiver from Oklahoma to the Bulldogs.
CB Chris Peal
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
High School: Providence Day School
Ranking: Four-star; No. 179 overall; No. 23 CB
Date of commitment: October 23, 2022
Analysis: Committing to Georgia over finalists Michigan, NC State and South Carolina, Peal is another highly talented defensive back that the Bulldogs' defense can utilize. Peal was offered by DB coach Fran Brown in February and that relationship continued to grow. The 6-foot, 175-pound defender is versatile and contributes on both sides of the ball for Providence Day. He joins a deep secondary class.
RB Roderick Robinson
Hometown: San Diego, California
High School: Lincoln
Ranking: Four-star; No. 270 overall; No. 15 RB
Date of commitment: October 10, 2022
Analysis: The relationship with and the persistence of Georgia RB coach Dell McGee caused this UCLA commit to flip his commitment. Robinson was on an official visit the weekend of the Auburn game and on Monday he committed. The running back also took an official visit to Texas A&M on Sept. 16 He averages 13.2 yards per carry and rushed for 1,657 yards and 24 scores in the first eight games of his senior year.
WR Tyler Williams
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
High School: Lakeland
Ranking: Four-star; No. 129 overall; No. 20 WR
Date of commitment: September 27, 2022
Analysis: Bryan McClendon zeroed in on Williams early on and proved that UGA can get a top-rated wide receiver. Williams, a 6-foot-3 receiver, visited Miami the weekend before he committed and was in the stadium when Middle Tennessee State upset the Hurricanes. Clemson, South Carolina and Texas A&M were also in Williams' Top 5. Williams began his football career as a quarterback before transitioning to receiver in 2021, where he caught 21 passes for 616 yards and 11 touchdowns.
OT Monroe Freeling
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
High School: Oceanside Collegiate Academy
Ranking: Four-star; No. 63 overall; No. 8 OT
Date of commitment: August 29, 2022
Analysis: Multiple visits to Florida, a trip to Miami and an unofficial visit to Alabama weren't enough to sway the lineman who has a great relationship with UGA OL coach Stacy Searels from choosing the Bulldogs. At 6-foot-7, 290 pounds, Freeling checks all the boxes for an SEC offensive lineman, and Mike Bobo and Searels were instrumental in landing him. He's the fourth offensive lineman to commit in this class.
WR Yazeed Haynes
Hometown: Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
High School: North Penn
Ranking: Three-star; No. 635 overall; No. 83 WR
Date of commitment: July 27, 2022
Analysis: In Haynes' commitment he said third times the charm in reference to Georgia being the third school he's committed to. He first committed to Rutgers in March and decommitted two months later. He then verbally committed to Penn State and then in June he picked up a UGA offer on an official visit. Haynes' speed is electric, earning him Power 5 offers from all over the East and Midwest. It's another nod to DBs coach Fran Brown maintaining relationships with prospects in the Northeast.
S Joenel Aguero
Hometown: Danvers, Massachusetts
High School: St. John's Prep
Ranking: Four-star; No. 34 overall; No. 3 S
Date of commitment: July 23, 2022
Analysis: Georgia staved off a hard fight from Miami to land one of the top defensive backs in the 2023 recruiting class. In 2021, Aguero played for IMG Academy before deciding to transfer home for his senior season. He visited Athens several times over the last couple of years and had his official visit on June 10. At 6-foot, 195 pounds, he's got good size to compete for playing time early.
OL Kelton Smith
Hometown: Columbus, Georgia
High School: Carver
Ranking: Four-star; No. 218 overall; No. 10 IOL
Date of commitment: July 22, 2022
Analysis: Quite the big, literally, week for the Bulldogs picking up Jamaal Jarrett on Tuesday and this 6-foot-5 offensive lineman on Friday. Smith has been high on Georgia for awhile, going on his official visit on June 10 and he was in Athens for the national championship celebration in January. He chose the Bulldogs over pressure from LSU, Texas A&M, Florida and Florida State. Running backs coach Dell McGee was instrumental in landing the All-American lineman.
DL Jamaal Jarrett
Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina
High School: Grimsley
Ranking: Four-star; No. 180 overall; No. 25 DL
Date of commitment: July 19, 2022
Analysis: Drawing comps to former UGA star Jordan Davis, the 6-foot-6, 340-pound defensive lineman chose the Bulldogs over Auburn and the in-state Tarheels. He's quick, despite his size, jumping off the ball with ease and scurrying to the ball carrier. In nine games in 2021, Jarrett had 30 tackles and two quarterback hurries for the 11-1 Grimsley Whirlies playing in the highest level of North Carolina high school football.
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LB Troy Bowles
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
High School: Jesuit
Ranking: Four-star; No. 56 overall; No. 3 LB
Date of commitment: July 16, 2022
Analysis: Glenn Schumann did it again Saturday afternoon and has now earned verbal commitments from three of the Top 10 linebackers in the 2023 class. Bowles took official visits to Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma in June. He's 6-foot-1, 205 pounds and racked up 103 tackles and three sacks in 2021. Bowles is the son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles.
LB Raylen Wilson
Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
High School: Lincoln
Ranking: Four-star; No. 50 overall; No. 2 LB
Date of commitment: July 11, 2022
Analysis: When Wilson recommitted from Michigan on June 28, the understanding industry-wide was that he would eventually commit to Georgia. He took his official visit to Athens the weekend of June 3, a week before a trip to Ann Arbor. Wilson unofficially visited UGA several times since he was first offered by the Bulldogs last June. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound linebacker tallied 139 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss and five sacks during his 2021 campaign.
LB CJ Allen
Hometown: Barnesville, Georgia
High School: Lamar County Comprehensive
Ranking: Four-star; No. 152 overall; No. 10 LB
Date of commitment: June 20, 2022
Analysis: The first linebacker commit of the 2023 class, Allen is a guy that was high on Georgia's board. In a three-week span, Allen took official visits to Georgia, Tennessee and Auburn before confidently announcing his commitment. Playing in AA and on both sides of the ball, Allen rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns on offense, while making 91 tackles and three interceptions.
K Peyton Woodring
Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana
High School: Ascension Episcopal
Ranking: Three-star; No. 1,439 overall; No. 1 K
Date of commitment: June 18, 2022
Analysis: Georgia's first special teams commit in the 2023 comes in the form of this 5-foot-10, 165-pound kicker from Louisiana. Woodring had reported offers from Air Force, Alabama and Louisiana. In 2021, he was named MaxPreps High School Football Junior All American after he went 54 of 55 on point afters and 14-of-19 field goal attempts, including a school record kick from 56 yards.
CB AJ Harris
Hometown: Phenix City, Alabama
High School: Central
Ranking: Five-star; No. 28 overall; No. 3 CB
Date of commitment: June 16, 2022
Analysis: The biggest splash in the 2023 recruiting class for Georgia so far, Harris is a guy that's been towards the top of the Bulldogs' big board for some time now. He's 6-foot-1, 180 pounds and had been getting recruited hard by Alabama and Florida. Harris went on his UGA official visit June 3. In his 2021 season, he helped lead a super talented Central team to a 13-1 season with 31 tackles, three pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and on offense, he ran for five touchdowns. Harris also scored five touchdowns on special teams, showcasing his versatility.
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OT Joshua Miller
Hometown: Colonial Heights, Virginia
High School: Life Christian Academy
Ranking: Three-star; No. 561 overall; No. 39 IOL
Date of commitment: June 13, 2022
Analysis: Miller was offered in early May, five months after committing to Penn State. The 6-foot-5 offensive lineman reportedly took a visit to UGA on June 1 and tested well, per 247Sports. He becomes the third OL to commit in this class and the first under new OL coach Stacy Searels. Miller is also the third straight commit who has been a flip, joining Harris and Rhett. Almost immediately after announcing his commitment, Miller tweeted out that he wanted Arch Manning and Samson Okunlola to join him.
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CB Justyn Rhett
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
High School: Bishop Gorman
Ranking: Four-star; No. 139 overall; No. 15 CB
Date of commitment: April 25, 2022
Analysis: Rhett de-committed from Notre Dame while he was on an official visit at UGA on G-Day and just over a week later he committed to Georgia. He's a long corner at 6-foot-1 and is able to change direction well. Rhett is the first commitment under new defensive back coach Fran Brown. Rhett's Bishop Gorman team will once again play a national schedule this season, which includes hosting Georgia's Brookwood on Sept. 16.
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EDGE Gabriel Harris
Hometown: Valdosta, Georgia
High School: Valdosta
Ranking: Four-star; No. 118 nationally; No. 13 EDGE
Date of Commitment: April 17, 2022
Analysis: The first positive result for Georgia's coaching staff after G-Day, Harris committed after spending Saturday at Georgia's spring game. A quick, big force on the defensive line, Harris shucks off blockers and is great at getting to the quarterback. The 6-foot-4, 237-pound lineman was committed to Florida State for several months before de-committing last June. He'll take his official visit to Athens this summer and plans to early enroll, per 247Sports. Harris played at Thomas County Central, but will play for Valdosta in his final season of high school football.
TE Lawson Luckie
Hometown: Norcross, Georgia
High School: Norcross
Ranking: Four-star; No. 233 nationally; No. 12 TE
Date of commitment: Jan. 12, 2022
Analysis: After seeing Brock Bowers dominate at the tight end position this season, Luckie becomes another strong tight end to join TE coach Todd Hartley's deep room. The Bulldogs signed the No. 2 TE in 2022 with Oscar Delp and have another talented tight end in the 2023 class. Luckie, at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, had 258 yards and three touchdowns in the air in 2021. He also had six carries for 12 yards and four touchdowns for the Blue Devils. Luckie's father, Mike, played at UGA in the late 90s.
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WR Raymond Cottrell
Hometown: Milton, Florida
High School: Milton
Ranking: Four-star; No. 102 nationally; No. 15 WR
Date of commitment: Nov. 11, 2021
Analysis: Kirby Smart was able to get another flip from a Florida commit. Cottrell was committed to the Gators for four months before announcing he'd flip to Georgia. He's versatile on the field, scoring multiple touchdowns on the ground, and through the air — both throwing and catching. He's quick and has good size that will only improve with another year of high school football.
OT Johnathan “Bo” Hughley
Hometown: Fairburn, Georgia
High School: Langston Hughes
Ranking: Four-star; No. 96 nationally; No. 13 OT
Date of commitment: Sept. 24, 2021
Analysis: Hughley was in Athens as the Bulldogs dominated South Carolina, behind a stellar offensive line. He’s 6-foot-7, 290 pounds and RB coach Dell McGee was the primary recruiter for the first OL commit in Georgia’s 2023 class. Hughley’s Top 8 was Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Mississippi, Mississippi State, UCF and Tennessee, with UGA again beating out several SEC teams for a top offensive lineman. Hughley’s commitment gives the Bulldogs a stronger grip on the second-best recruiting class in 2023, behind Oklahoma. This is the sixth four or five-star OT to commit to UGA since Matt Luke has been on staff.
DL Seven Cloud
Hometown: Powder Springs, Georgia
High School: McEachern
Ranking: Three-star; No. 571 nationally; No. 68 DL
Date of commitment: Jan. 7, 2021
Analysis: The 6-foot-3, 325-pound lineman committed to UGA the same day he was offered by the Bulldogs and East Carolina. He has since picked up an offer from Kentucky, but said he feels UGA is the best option for him to go to the next level. His sophomore season, Cloud recorded 26 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two blocked field goals.
TE Pearce Spurlin
Hometown: Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
High School: South Walton
Ranking: Four-star; No. 73 nationally; No. 3 TE
Date of commitment: Sept. 30, 2020
Analysis: Spurlin committed to UGA in the midst of his second season of high school football over 13 other college offers. After playing his freshman year at Walton (GA), the 6-foot-6 tight end transferred to Florida and made 46 catches for 606 with five touchdowns in just eight games in 2020. As a junior, he made 72 catches for 1,404 yards and 22 touchdowns. He’s a guy whose size and football IQ will continue to develop in the two years before he gets to Athens.
CB Daniel Harris
Hometown: Miami, Florida
High School: Gulliver Prep
Ranking: Four-star; No. 151 overall; No. 16 CB
Date of commitment: July 1, 2022
Decommitted: November 14, 2022
Analysis: The grasp that Kirby Smart has on the defensive side of recruiting is incredible. Harris is another long (6-foot-2, 175-pound) defensive back that Smart can add to the already deep stable of long defensive backs. He committed to UGA over Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State after taking official visits to Penn State and Georgia in recent weeks. In 2021, Harris had 37 tackles, 2 pass breakups and an interception for the Raiders who went 11-2.