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Georgia’s top-ranked recruiting class for the 2022 cycle is going in the wrong direction. For the second straight day, the Bulldogs saw a 5-star de-commit from their class.
It also comes in the wake of a high-profile visit to Texas A&M. It was Big Bear Alexander earlier this week. It is now Deyon Bouie this evening.
He made this statement on his Instagram story on Tuesday evening.
“I am blessed and appreciative of all the offers and opportunities that Georgia has offered,” he wrote. “However, I believe I committed too early before I could explore all my other opportunities. With that being said, I am officially decommitting from the University of Georgia.”
Bouie, who hails from Bainbridge, has strong ties to former UGA staffer Nick Williams who is now at Texas A&M. He had previously told DawgNation that he was “locked-in” with UGA but was planning to take a visit to see Williams in College Station.
That decision drops Georgia’s class to 10 commitments for the 2022 cycle. Alexander and Bouie were the two highest-ranking commitments in what was the nation’s top-rated recruiting class for this cycle.
2022 cycle on the 247Sports The 5-star ranks as the nation’s No. 2 ATH and No. 29 overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite rankings.
He committed to UGA back on his mother’s birthday on November 1, 2020. At the time, he had long forecast that he was going to be a Bulldog. He had strong ties to both Williams and Kirby Smart. Smart also played high school football at Bainbridge.
Bouie discussed his recruiting with DawgNation back on May 28. When looking back on it now, it seems much changed since he took that trip to College Station to check out Texas A&M with Alexander.
There was an element of concern back then for Georgia fans to pay attention to. But he addressed it. He expressed that he was committed to UGA, but that he still planned to take his official visits to rival SEC schools like Alabama, Florida and others.
He said he was also planning to take an unofficial visit at sometime in June to Texas A&M. Bouie said was being recruited to give Texas A&M a look by former Georgia staffers James Coley and Nick Williams.
Coley is as good as it gets as a recruiter in the SEC. Williams has also already earned that status and those two do go back a very long way.
At first glance, the visit to Texas A&M was seen as a nod of respect to Williams. Williams, a Bainbridge native himself, also went on to play and coach for the Bulldogs. He recently left UGA for a defensive analyst position on Jimbo Fisher’s staff.
“Coach Coley and I had a connection when he was at UGA,” Bouie said. “We had a great connection. So it is really him and coach Nick now recruiting me over there.”
Williams extended the Georgia offer to Bouie way back in 2018. That was shortly after Bouie’s Bainbridge Bearcats won the GHSA state title during his freshman year.
“I feel like it is another opportunity,” Bouie said. “When Nick was at Georgia, he was basically my recruiter coach. He was recruiting me hard. So now he is in Texas and is treating me the same way as he was doing at Georgia. So I’m just going to check it out since he was my recruiting coach at Georgia. So I will check it out at Texas A&M and see what it is about.”
Bouie addressed then what Williams leaving UGA meant to his commitment to UGA.
“Well, I’m still locked-in,” Bouie said. “That’s because Coach Kirby [Smart] and I have a great relationship, too. For coach Nick, it was like a business decision. To take care of his family and leave. For me, it is like a business decision for me. To make the best decision for my future with where my commitment is at.”
It appears there was more than even he initially thought.