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Drew Bobo is a 3-star OL in the class of 2022. He is the son of former Georgia QB and OC Mike Bobo.
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Drew Bobo: UGA legacy settles on three final schools

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry details the latest with UGA legacy Drew Bobo of Auburn High in Alabama.

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Drew Bobo has a unique status on the Georgia board that has nothing to do with his pedigree as a legacy recruit.

First and foremost, he will be regarded as the son of Mike Bobo. The former Bulldog QB and offensive coordinator put roots down in Athens from 1994-1997 as a player and later on from 2001-2015 as an assistant coach.

Yet there’s something else here.

Bobo, now a senior at Auburn High in Alabama, has spent his entire life playing basketball. He told DawgNation recently he scored 29 points in a game as a junior. His average night on the hardwood went for about 14 points and 10 rebounds last season.

Georgia has signed several All-American offensive linemen in the Kirby Smart era, but Bobo’s basketball numbers stand out there. No matter the level of competition he faced in South Carolina last year.

There’s one other intriguing tidbit here with Bobo.

Despite his father’s vast connections in the game, he’s never really been a part of a serious weight training regimen until this year. That’s why Bobo is seen as having another level to this game.

“I definitely need to get stronger,” Drew Bobo said. “It has helped me so much coming into this Auburn weight program. Getting in that weight room and how intense it is here compared to what it was at my old schools. It is a whole different thing that has helped me a lot but there is also a whole lot of room to go.”

Bobo is playing left tackle right now for Auburn High in that state’s largest classification.

He should get considerably better over the next two to three years of his career. That has to do with his increasing strength gains plus the good feet and athleticism he brings from the basketball court.

He’s rated as a 3-star recruit on the 247Sports Composite ratings. That slots him as the nation’s No. 54 OT prospect and the No. 629 overall prospect for the 2022 cycle.

Bobo recently told DawgNation that he’s down to three schools as he sorts out a decision. That’s Auburn, Georgia and Kentucky. It can be said that he still has some uncertainty about that decision at this time.

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Drew Bobo is a 3-star OL in the class of 2022. He is the son of former Georgia QB and OC Mike Bobo.
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Drew Bobo: How he arrived at a final three

Bobo learned a lot this summer. He took official visits to Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Virginia.

“They went well,” Bobo said. “They kind of helped me realize a little bit if I wanted to go there or not. It was if I see could see myself there by hanging out with the players and the coaches. By really just being in the town that the universities are in. Just seeing the distance from home and all that, too.”

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound senior also took unofficial visits this summer to both Auburn and Georgia.

Those last two options there are especially intriguing. He spent a large chunk of his youth growing up in Athens. Mike Bobo is now the offensive coordinator at Auburn. This could come down to a decision of where he grew up pitted against where he lives now.

Bobo has two unofficial visits left. He thinks that he might need to use those on Auburn and Georgia.

“I’ve been thinking about it a lot,” Bobo said. “I still haven’t really made up my mind. I’m still riding between do I need to make a decision sooner or do I need to take two in-season officials to those two places.”

The developments over the summer with Auburn and Georgia are central to this decision. So were the evaluations by Mike Bobo and Will Friend at Auburn and Matt Luke and Kirby Smart at Georgia.

“Going into the summer I didn’t know about Auburn and Georgia,” Drew Bobo said. “I knew my Dad and coach Kirby [Smart] and coach [Matt] Luke and [Auburn offensive line coach] coach Friend wanted me to come on campus and actually camp and earn an offer.”

“They just didn’t want to give it to me. That’s what my Dad and coach Friend said at Auburn. They wanted me to come to camp and earn an offer. That’s what coach Friend and coach Luke at Georgia both had said. Not just give me an offer because my Dad played there or he coached there.”

Bobo did just that. Georgia’s offer came after a good evaluation as a center. He’d also have the ability to add depth across the line at other positions.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to get an offer or not,” he said. “But in the back of my mind, I wanted to take those trips and camp. In the back of my mind, it was always a little bit about Georgia and Auburn. I wanted to find out if I could play for Georgia and Auburn.”

It creates quite a puzzle for this sharp young man to sort out.

“Georgia is a school I’ve always wanted to go to and I’ve also always wanted to play for my Dad,” Drew Bobo said.

The relationships here cut through any potential uncertainties with this recruitment. If his name was Drew Johnson and his father sold real estate or was a lawyer, there might be some hesitation about how much those big boy SEC programs really want him.

The life-long relationships indicate those are both committable offers. They wouldn’t have been extended given the relationships between each of those men with the Bobo family. Those are not offers contingent on three or four other talented young men on the board opting to go elsewhere.

“If I wasn’t worth an offer, then I think that neither of those coaching staffs would have given me one at all,” Drew Bobo said. “I don’t think they would want me to have an offer without it being committable or being a real offer. That’s just based on my relationships with those places.”

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How will Drew Bobo sort out this decision?

Kentucky offensive line coach Eric Wolford has made a strong impression. He has earned Bobo’s respect. That’s why the Wildcats are still in it with those vast family ties to Auburn and Georgia.

Bobo saw both Auburn and Georgia during the last week of July. He still needs to have a good chat with his father.

It will help to know where his father can see him at. He’d like to share his feedback on his experiences at both places with his father.

“I know he’s going to give me an honest opinion and not be really biased,” Drew Bobo said. “Because I know he wants me to be where it is best for me.”

Bobo has seen his family move from Colorado State to South Carolina to Auburn over the last three years. He’s well-versed in the business side of college football.

He likely can’t say for certain where his father will be coaching four years from now. That will help to level out this decision.

What are his lasting impressions of Georgia?

“I have just made a great relationship with coach Matt Luke from every time I’ve been there,” Bobo said. “He seems like a great coach that I could play for in the future by going over there.”

How would he answer that same question about Auburn?

“I kind of know what I am going to get from Auburn,” Drew Bobo said. “I’ve been with coach Friend since he’s been with my Dad at Georgia. I’ve been with my Dad seeing him coach ever since I can remember. I kind of know what I am going to get if I go there from seeing them in practice and having been in meetings with them.”

“They are going to talk about the same stuff and prioritize the same stuff on their football teams that they always have.”

He might just need those two more officials.

“I think going on the officials and meeting a lot of their players will really help,” Drew Bobo said. “I’ve met a couple of the players at Auburn but I haven’t really hung out with them. I’ve met the players at Georgia on visits, but I’ve just said what’s up to them. I haven’t really hung out with them or anything.”

That’s the benefits of his father’s experience hitting home there.

“My Dad still has his college friend group with coach Kirby in it,” Drew Bobo said. “He has that little group of like seven guys that he’s known from college. When we’ve gone on vacation with them all of them were telling me that I need to find a place and a college that fits me and where you know who you are going to be going in with.”

“You will know those are guys you can hang out with for a long time and be best friends with for life.”

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