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Sept. 1 is a big day for the junior class in every recruiting cycle.

Georgia football recruiting: Explaning the new #Bo22Moves hashtag on social media

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry sheds light on that new #Boss22moves hashtag for Georgia football recruiting across social media.


That’s the word that Marquis Groves-Killebrew used on Monday to describe what the annual rite of passage for junior football players every time Sept. 1 rolls around on the calendar.

For those that cover the recruiting industry, the occasion still feels like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day” on the silver screen. The dateline, even in the age of a pandemic, still feels very much the same.

It is the real estate on the calendar where NCAA rules allow college programs to directly contact their top juniors on the board. That is the first time that is allowed per NCAA rules.

It usually comes in the form of edits sent via text messages and direct messages.

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Marquis Groves-Killebrew was the first commit for Georgia in the class of 2022. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Groves-Killebrew remains the anchor commitment for Georgia in the 2022 cycle.

What was he doing at 12 o’clock when his phone started popping off with serious battery bleed because of all those notifications?

“MGK” was sleeping. The many texts and “DM” notifications he was receiving woke him up.

That seems like a safe sign that the splendid cornerback pledge for the Georgia 2022 class is quite content with where he sits with his future college home.

It holds true even though he received approximately 20 messages from major college programs, including UGA.

“I haven’t even opened all of them,” Groves-Killebrew told DawgNation.

Georgia’s message came with the debut of its #Bo22Moves hashtag that is starting to pop over social media. That’s the hashtag Georgia’s targets, its coaches and recruiting staffers annually use to spread the recruiting message across social platforms.

It follows in the spirit of previous UGA recruiting hashtags like #Sicem17 and #NewBreed18 the Bulldogs have used in the past.

This is now officially hashtag season. South Carolina has #Busine22Decision and Florida sports a #ChosenFew22 for its cycle recruiting slogan, among many others.

Groves-Killebrew is a known commodity. For others, that midnight time stamp was a chance to see which offers have some real value behind them and which ones do not. It also offers a chance for some prospects to continue to work harder.

What if a prospect wakes up to a dry cell phone?

Check out these 9/1 tweets from two of the top remaining 2021 Georgia targets in All-American safety Terrion Arnold and highly-valued DT Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins.

Boss moves: The early #Bo22Moves retweets by Kirby Smart

That’s one end of the spectrum. For others, the Kirby Smart twitter feed is a gauge to see the names of certain prospects the staff is prioritizing early for the class of 2022.

Smart’s earliest retweets once the clock struck midnight show something for several talented juniors with their first slice of recruiting reality.

Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.) DL prospect Christen Miller appears to be the first retweet. The 4-star DT ranks as the nation’s No. 19 DT and the No. 223 overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite.

This should not a pure assessment of Miller’s ranking in Georgia’s eyes. But it is certainly worth noting.

Miller had to initially tweet out the edit first on social media on his own. But if the head coach is retweeting an in-state prospect in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, it is a clear tell Georgia does consider Miller a priority for the cycle.

Miller’s film, combined with his 6-foot-5 and 285-pound frame, is very deserving of every upper-tier Power 5 offer that has come his way.

The second retweet was from Miller’s teammate. Those two now play for the same Cedar Grove program which has sent Netori Johnson and Justin Shaffer to Georgia.

Joshua White, formerly of Columbia High, was offered by UGA last year.

But he got an early #Bo22Moves edit and a retweet from Smart. It offers a moment where things get interesting with White and that Sept. 1 date.

The 6-foot-5, 248-pound rising junior has no stars or even a positional rating from the 247SportsComposie. Or even a pure 247Sports rating as one of the clear leaders in the recruiting industry.

But he is being recruited by Georgia as an OLB and a defensive end. White relayed that he appreciates the motivational slight there in the “stars” culture of college recruiting.

“Stars and ranking don’t mean nothing,” White said. “If it takes me to not have stars or rankings to make it and to feed my family, I’ll take that. But whatever helps me make it for my family, I’m with that.”

Florida and Ohio State have also both offered. He said he has close to 15 offers thus far and no school is standing out. White joyfully stated that he loves all his offers at this time.

Check out his sophomore film below.

Hardaway defensive end Mykel Williams was the third Smart retweet. (Psst. Do you see the further evidence of a trend here yet with in-state defensive line recruiting for the 2022 class?)

Williams is one of those no-doubt prospects. He ranks as the nation’s No. 5 DT and No. 48 prospect for 2022 on the 247Sports Composite. Besides the quick social media post, he also made sure Smart saw he was posting the early UGA edit by tagging the Georgia coach in their tweet.

Miller and White both made that move, too.

Check out the impressive film for Williams below.

Brookwood High junior WR Sam M’Bake is a Georgia native who briefly transferred to IMG Academy from North Cobb earlier this year. He’s back in Gwinnett County and has already established a relationship with Georgia receivers coach Cortez Hankton dating back to his freshman year.

M’Bake is an All-American Bowl commitment and he’s already shared his considerable thoughts on UGA with DawgNation. 

At the time of publication, Smart had retweeted four other prospects who posted their edits and tagged him on social media. Cedartown linebacker CJ Washington, who committed to UGA earlier this year, was also one of those retweets.

Washington did not have to tag Smart in his tweet. That appears to be a true #Bo22Moves moment of his own. His post was found with the simple and timeless #GoDawgs hashtag.

Groves-Killebrew and Washington will be key early leaders for the 2022 class in Athens.


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