Georgia picked up its first five-star player of the 2023 recruiting class Thursday, when highly touted cornerback prospect AJ Harris committed to the Bulldogs over Florida, Alabama and Clemson. Harris is ranked the No. 25 overall player in the class by the 247Sports Composite and is ranked the No. 3 cornerback in the nation by 247Sports.
With Harris’ commitment, the Bulldogs are projected to jump from No. 10 to No. 5 in the 247Sports Team Rankings for the Class of 2023. The Phenix City, Alabama, native is UGA’s 10th commitment of the class and joins four-star cornerback prospect Justyn Rhett as the second defensive back in the group.
Harris visited Georgia on June 3 after allowing just one catch as a junior at Phenix City’s Central High School, where he also plays offense. Georgia was always the team to beat for Harris, according to 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong, though coach Kirby Smart had plenty of others to send off.
“So it’s a place he’s very familiar with and program he’s been keeping tabs on and building relationships with for awhile,” Wiltfong wrote of Harris and his relationship with Georgia. “As the process continued I believe Clemson had momentum at one point, Alabama was intriguing, and Florida grabbed it in the spring.”
AJ Harris scouting report
With a 100-meter dash timed at 11.42 seconds last year, a long jump of greater than 20 feet and some experience playing high school basketball, Harris has the makings of a springy athlete with the tools to compete against high-level SEC receivers.
Here is an excerpt from the scouting report on his game by 247Sports national analyst Cooper Petagna:
Quick twitch explosive player. Displays excellent short area quickness and change of direction ability. Shows the ability…