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Second early enrollee to miss spring practice after surgery

Palmer Thombs02/01/22
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Georgia early enrollee Carlton “C.J.” Madden underwent an undisclosed surgery on Tuesday and will miss spring practice sources have confirmed to DawgsHQ. Madden took to Twitter to announce the injury and that all went well with the surgery.

“Surgery went well , everything happens for a reason,” Madden wrote in the since-deleted tweet. “I’ll see you guys in the fall, Dawg Nation. #GoDawgs”

An On3 Consensus four-star, ranked the No. 360 player overall and No. 36 linebacker according to the industry-generated rankings, Madden signed with the Bulldogs in December. He was originally committed to Colorado before re-opening his recruitment and going public with his commitment to Kirby Smart and company in September.

“I was there for the cookout late in the summer and I had that feeling,” Madden told On3 Director of Recruiting Chad Simmons. “I always had Georgia high on my list, but that visit was different. My mind was made up. A couple of weeks later, in the middle of August is when I told Georgia about my commitment … Everything about Georgia makes it right. It is like home for me there. I love the positive energy with the players, the coaches, and the recruits. It just feels right.”

“They want me to rush off the edge, drop into the zone and cover some man-to-man,” he continued. “They want to move me around in their defense and that is exciting. It is also exciting about what Georgia is doing right now. Their defense is great, and they put on a show against Clemson They are getting the players, they have great coaches and we are going to win national championships at Georgia. It might start this season, but I know my class will win too when we get there.”

Madden was correct on the Bulldogs taking home the title in 2021, but if he and his Class of 2022 have anything to say about it, it won’t be the last trophy in Athens over the next few years. Georgia ranks No. 3 in the country behind SEC foes Texas A&M and Alabama entering Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

Not the First Early Enrollee Injured

Madden joins fellow 2022 early enrollee Keithian “Bear” Alexander in having surgery and missing spring practice. DawgsHQ confirmed that Alexander had surgery to repair a torn labrum and is expected to miss 6-9 months.

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