On Thursday, Georgia picked up its first five-star in the 2023 recruiting class when the highly touted quarterback AJ Harris devoted to the Bulldogs over Florida, Alabama and Clemson. Harris ranks 25th overall among players in his class. 247Sport Composite and ranks 3rd in the country’s defenders ranking according to 247Sports.
With Harris’ commitment, the Bulldogs are expected to climb from 10th to 5th in the rankings. 247Rating of sports teams for the class of 2023. The Phoenix City, Alabama native is the 10th UGA player in the class and joins four-star defensive prospect Justin Rhett as the second defensive end in the group.
Harris visited Georgia on June 3, allowing just one catch as a junior at Phoenix City Central High School, where he also plays offensive line. According to 247Sports recruiting director Steve Wiltfong, Georgia was always the team Harris had to beat, although coach Kirby Smart had many others to send away.
“So it’s a place that he’s very familiar with and a program that he’s been following and building relationships with for some time.” Wiltfong wrote Harris and his relationship with Georgia. “As the process went on, I believe Clemson had momentum at some point, Alabama was intriguing, and Florida grabbed it in the spring.”
A.J. Harris Intelligence Report
With last year’s 11.42-second 100-meter run, over 20-foot long jumps, and some high school basketball experience, Harris has the makings of a resilient athlete with the tools to compete with high-level SEC receivers.
Here is an excerpt from intelligence report on his game, 247Sports National Analyst Cooper Petagna:
Fast explosive player. Demonstrates excellent speed in short sections and the ability to change direction. Demonstrates the ability to quickly enter and exit the reverse pedal. Has good game speed. Great for downhill play and short to midfield play. Aggressive defender support run. Flashing some key and diagnostic ability with the ability to quickly close the space. Violent at the point of attack. Will hit you.
Although he has the physical ability to play in the corner position, he may see a natural progression to a nickel or a deep safety role. He will need to continue to develop as a full-back in deep field, but he has a good feel for the game in the bottom of the field.
Georgia class of 2023
While Harris is Georgia’s first five-star devotee in the class, he almost certainly won’t be the last as more prospects announce their college choice ahead of the 2022 season. The Bulldogs received five commitments from five-star players in their 2022 class, finishing 3rd nationally. Their class of 2021 also finished 3rd in the nation and featured four five-star prospects.
Other five-star prospects Georgia is targeting include the No. 1 overall prospect Arch Manning, a New Orleans quarterback and nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning.