Darnell Washington of Las Vegas, Nev., practices for the 2020 Under Armour All-America game in Orlando, Fla., (Photo by Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

5-star recruit from Las Vegas chooses Georgia at Under Armour game

Washington, ranked the No. 1 recruit at the “athlete” position, announced at halftime of the Under Armour All-America game. He is a 6-foot-7, 260-pound prospect who projects to play tight end at Georgia.

Washington, out of Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, told DawgNation earlier in the week in Orlando that he signed with UGA during the early period last month. He becomes the 20th commitment to UGA and the 18th signee in the 2020 class.

The next signing period for football begins Feb. 5. The two players who committed to Georgia before the December signing period but did not sign are offensive lineman Broderick Jones, a 5-star recruit from Lithonia, and Sedrick Van Pran, a 4-star recruit from New Orleans.

Washington shared with DawgNation what stood out in the days leading to the game in Orlando. 

“It came down to how like I got along with the coaches,” he said. “Not only that with the recruiting pitches. I know what’s real and what’s not. It came down just to like the vibe of the schools and the vibe of the coaches. I just want to work. Work hard. I don’t want anything given. I want to earn everything I get.” 

Georgia was just “different” in his mind. 

“Every place is different but when I was there, I really can’t even,” Washington said. “I really don’t know. I think Dell McGee was like an honest coach. Even though he is a running back coach. At that time, he was the one recruiting me. I think he was a good dude. A good-hearted dude.”

Georgia’s December signees

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown

Carson Beck QB 6-4 225 Jacksonville, Fla. 

Austin Blaske OL 6-5 280 Bloomingdale

Warren Brinson DT 6-4 305 Bradenton, Fla. 

Major Burns DB 6-2 175 Baton Rouge, La. 

Jermaine Burton WR 6-0 195 Calabasas, Calif.

Jalen Carter DT 6-4 305 Apopka, Fla. 

Jalen Kimber CB 6-0 170 Mansfield, Texas 

Chad Lindberg OL 6-6 315 League City, Texas 

Kendell Milton RB 6-1 220 Clovis, Calif. 

Tate Ratledge OL 6-6 315 Rome 

Justin Robinson WR 6-4 200 McDonough 

Marcus Rosemy WR 6-3 195 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

MJ Sherman LB 6-2 235 Washington, DC 

Arian Smith ATH 6-2 180 Lakeland, Fla.

Nazir Stackhouse DT 6-3 305 Decatur 

Devin Willock OL 6-7 330 Paramus, N.J. 

Jared Zirkel K 6-3 185 Kerrville, Texas

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