Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry offers an updated look at where one of the truly priority targets for Georgia in the 2022 class is at now with his college process. Deyon Bouie is as big a target as it gets for that cycle in Athens.
Deyon (Pronounced: Day-On) Bouie’s freshman season ended with a whirlwind. He scored a touchdown in the state championship game which his Bainbridge Bearcats would go on to win.
Then he subsequently picked up a very deserving early offer from the University of Georgia.
He plays for the same high school team that Kirby Smart played for. Bouie’s mother went to school with Smart, too.
Flash forward almost two years to the fall of 2020. Bouie is moving is as fast as ever. That speed also seems to include his eventual arc on the recruiting trail. He’s just visited a very small group of schools as a recruit, but already has a group of top schools.
Deyon Bouie picked up his offer from Georgia in December of 2018. That was right after Bainbridge won the state title. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
He recently told DawgNation that he has a top 7, but three schools have broken out of the pack.
Georgia is one of those schools. LSU and Oregon are the other two. Alabama, Auburn, Florida and FSU will round out his top seven.
His last college visit of any sort was to UGA for the Notre Dame game last fall. The coronavirus halted a planned March 14 trip to check out LSU and a return trip in Athens he had planned for April when the Bulldogs were starting up their spring practices.
Does he have a leader?
“I’d say that Georgia and LSU are really bumping heads right now with that,” Bouie said.
He added he has a solid commitment timeline plan in mind. He’d rather keep that private for now, but it seems within reason to expect that commitment by the end of his junior year. It could even be a lot sooner than that.
What does he like best about Georgia?
“The biggest thing I like about Georgia is how they bring you together with family-wise,” Bouie said. “I was like a rookie or like just a freshman with an offer and they will treat you on a visit like a senior who is committed and about to play there. With the same love and just like all the others. Just like you were already on the team. That what I like the most really. They have recruited me like I was already a part of the team since I was a freshman.”
Bouie said that LSU and Oregon have also treated him much the same way.
Marquis Groves-Killebrew will not just be pulling for the Bulldogs here. He is advocating for them. DawgNation recently asked him who would be the players he would want to play within the 2022 class during his time in Athens above all others.
Deyon “Smoke” Bouie was one of those. Marietta High All-American and Georgia legacy Daniel Martin was his other choice.
“We’ve got a great connection,” Bouie said of Groves-Killebrew. “We talk on the phone about me committing to Georgia. We are talking heavily about it. We are wanting to start a foundation for our class at Georgia really.”
Deyon Bouie has picked up the nickname “Smoke” because he is so sudden on the field. (Deyon Bouie/Twitter)
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Bouie rated as the nation’s No. 3 ATH for the 2022 cycle for the 247Spots Composite. That slots him as the nation’s No. 23 overall prospect for that cycle. What position does he think he will call his home in college?
“I really think defensive back,” Bouie said. “I like the aggressiveness that comes with defense. Now I like the aggressiveness that you can have on offense, too. But it comes easier to a player who is playing at defensive back.”
Groves-Killebrew thought so, too. He envisions the two of them clamping down the edges of the defense as the elite cornerbacks for Georgia in the 2022 class.
“Yes, sir,” Bouie said. “He got that right. It proves he’s been soaking it in what I have been saying how we have been talking on the phone.”
Could Georgia play some Cover Zero with those two guys on the edges? It would certainly be a temptation.
“Marquis would have his island and I’d have my island,” Bouie said. “The defense could worry about covering everyone else. The safeties could be in the box. They don’t want to worry about the receiver on the outside. Marquis and I will have them.”
He is constantly on Bouie with a strong ambition. Groves-Killebrew wants him to know that he wants to play together and he’s also asking him to spread that word.
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