Another week, another Cedartown Bulldog commits to a Division I college.
On July 22, inside linebacker C.J. Washington made his pledge to the University of Georgia known via a commitment video on Twitter. The rising junior is considered a four-star athlete by 247Sports and is one of the most sought-after prospects nationally for the Class of 2022.
Washington picked the Bulldogs over offers from Tennessee and the defending national champion LSU Tigers.
“I would like to thank all the colleges for actually getting in touch with me and communicating with me. I respect you all very much,” Washington said in his commitment video. “My goal is to be the best I can be, and this is only the beginning.”
Washington credited God, his family, and his coaches for helping shape him into the person he is today.
In total, Washington received 12 offers from Division I programs prior to becoming a junior in high school. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound athlete is considered the 98th best player in the Class of 2022. He is the no. 12 prospect in the state of Georgia and the fifth-best inside-linebacker in the nation.
Washington was named one of the top youth football players in the country as a running back at Cedartown Middle School. After gaining plenty of playing time as a freshman in 2018, Washington burst onto the scene as a sophomore last year. He recorded 21 sacks enroute to being considered one of the most feared defenders in Class 4A.
“I’ve only coached him a few months, but I can tell that Georgia is getting a kid that is strong, very talented, and has a motor,” first-year Cedartown football head coach Jamie Abrams said. “C.J. has the chance to be a great leader on this team. It’s special to have that ‘Georgia commit’ moniker with you, but as a leader you have to say, ‘Okay, now let’s get some of my teammates there too.’ I think he’s a guy that can lead like that.”
Although Abrams is heading into his first season coaching Cedartown, he has spent numerous years around top prospects. Prior to taking over at CHS, Abrams was the defensive coordinator at McEachern High School where he sent players like Javon Baker and Jamil Burroughs to Alabama.
“He and his family were comfortable with making the decision early, and some kids are like that,” Abrams said. “Sometimes recruiting can be a hassle, so I believe C.J. and his family were happy to get it over with. If that’s what they want, then I’m behind them 100%.”
Washington is the second SEC commit on Cedartown’s 2020 roster along with South Carolina commit Jayden Johnson, who will be a senior this year. CHS has now produced a Power Five product in four consecutive recruiting classes, as 2019 graduate Tony Mathis attends West Virginia and 2020 graduate Kobe Pace is a freshman at Clemson.
Washington is the first Cedartown product to commit to the University of Georgia since Nick Chubb did so in 2014. He is also the first player on the defensive side of the ball to head to Athens since 1999 CHS graduate Ken Veal.
Washington is the second member of Georgia’s 2022 recruiting class. He joins four-star Brookwood defensive back Marquis Groves-Killebrew as a Bulldog commit.