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What I Learned Watching: UGA Commit CJ Washington

August 21, 2021

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ALPHARETTA - Sloppy play is always expected in the first week of the high school football season, and that’s exactly what we got in the Cedartown/Denmark game. 

The Denmark Danes, a young, talented team with lots of D1 talent, hosted Georgia Bulldog commitment C.J. Washington‍ and the Cedartown Bulldogs.

Neither team could get any type of offense going, but in the end, Washington led his Bulldog team to a tough 7-3 win on the road.

Washington played on both sides of the ball for the Bulldogs and was able to run the ball hard and effectively at running back. The Bulldogs ran the Wing-T all night and made sure to give Washington his share of carries. He kept the chains moving, showed good footwork, and was able to break tackles in the 2nd level once he got through the line of scrimmage.

At linebacker, Washington didn’t see many runs come his way as the Denmark offense ran lots of zone-reads to try and take him out of the picture. He was trying to run down plays on the other side of the field all night and still made a handful of tackles. He got off blocks well and really shined on the goal-line when Denmark was desperate for a score. The 6-foot-1 220-pounder was physical at the point of attack showed that he can get after the passer as well, forcing multiple preessures when the Danes went to the passing game. 

Dawg Post has high expectations when we go out and see prospects, and while he didn’t necessarily flash on every play, it was clear that Washington was one of the top players in the game. He’s a little on the shorter side compared to most SEC linebackers, but he’s built well and doesn’t appear to have an ounce of fat on him. He runs really well and plays with a lot of toughness. Washington plays until the whistle, he’s a leader, and made just enough plays to help his team come out with a victory.

Washington is ranked by Dawg Post as the No.15 prospect in Georgia for the 2022 class.

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