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FAIRBURN, Ga. -- Johnathan “Bo” Hughley goes about things in his own deliberate way. The 6-foot-7, 295-pound offensive tackle from Langston Hughes in Fairburn is a large and powerful young man.
Catching him on the field is a sight. He glides more than he lumbers or motors. The junior looks like a 6-foot-7 young man who roller skates frequently would look on turf.
Hughley had set this day as his commitment date way back on Sept. 8 and then visited Georgia on back-to-back weekends after that.
He established a top 8, but the time-tested “follow the visits” corollary in following college recruiting was ringing pretty true here.
The nation’s No. 6 OT and No. 72 overall prospect had established he would commit at 8 a.m. on that day, but then he just could wait. He was just ready.
“It would mean everything, man,” he said. “It would mean the world. It would be the best decision of my life.”
Hughley picked up the nickname “Bo” when he was two years old. It was not a tribute to the NFL, MLB and SEC legend Vincent Edward “Bo” Jackson.
“My auntie gave me that name when I was two,” Hughley said. “Because I’m bow-legged.”
The 4-star prospect changes his mind a lot. That means he will often change up his hairstyle weekly. He plans to grow it out long next.
“I want my hair in a different hairstyle every three days,” he said. “My momma does hair so she does my hair in different styles.”
Hughley also has tattoos all over his body to honor his family. He has a tattoo for his mother Angel and also two different pieces of body art that serve to honor both of his grandmothers individually with their names.
He also has an ink script that says “hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard” on the inside of his left forearm.
“It is self-explanatory,” he said.
There is also a “Capricorn” tattoo in a script on his leg to honor his zodiac sign. Hughley also has a tattoo of a wolf on his chest, he said.
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Bo Hughley: Fans were are a reason why UGA stood out
That tattoo describes his motivations, too. He is motivated to better not only his life but also the lives of his loved ones.
He was looking for a great coaching staff and found that in Georgia. His decision basically came down to Georgia and Georgia Tech.
“It wasn’t that I wanted to stay local,” he said. “It was just that out of all the schools I had been to that those were the two that stood out.”
He feels like he’s better in the run game right now. That’s just because of his nature to punish the other side of the ball. With his size and length, he will be able to become a very skilled pass protector out on the edge.
When he visited UGA two times this month, the crowds stood out. That was what he liked best about the program.
“That fan base,” he exclaimed. “Oh my gosh. I have never seen anything like it. Even when I went to the Ole Miss vs. Lousiville game, it wasn’t even like the Georgia game. Their fan base is the biggest thing that stands out to me right now, but the entire coaching staff at Georgia is awesome, too.”
He knew he was going to UGA before those last two home game visits, but those atmospheres locked it in. Georgia was recruiting him with offensive line coach Matt Luke, offensive line assistant Eddie Gordon and running backs coach Dell McGee.
“Coach Luke was always telling me I could be great no matter where I go but Georgia will make me greater than anywhere else and I will be playing in Georgia,” Hughley said.
He was not a fan of the Bulldogs growing up. Hughley wasn’t a fan of any school.
“To be honest and keep it one hundred with you, I don’t really watch football a lot,” he said. “I never did. I can’t really watch it. I just like to play it.”
He transferred to Langston Hughes from South Atlanta for his sophomore season. The Bulldogs began recruiting him four weeks into his sophomore season.
Why make the decision now?
“I feel like I already found the school I want to go to,” Hughley said. “I want to follow my heart. What am I waiting for? At that point, it is just holding back. I’ve got a lot of stuff on my mind about my future. I’m ready to secure this part of it right here and right now.”
Hughley went up to Georgia to camp over the summer. The staff in Athens got a good sample size to watch him and see him work out in this process.
He was ready to make that move to Georgia.
“I feel like this is going to be the best decision of my life,” Hughley said.
Hughley becomes the first SEC commitment out of the Langston Hughes program since D’Andre Walker in the class of 2015.
Johnathan "Bo" Hughley is now the second-highest-rated commitment in Georgia's 2023 recruiting class. The Bulldogs and their five commitments for that cycle now rank No. 2 nationally on the 247Sports Team Composite ratings. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
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Bo Hughley: A few good stories about Bo Hughley
When he arrived at Langston, his coaches said he was all baby fat. Assistant coach Ben Arnold said Hughley has worked to transform his body over the last 12 months.
“It shows on the field now,” Arnold said. “The biggest thing is his energy on the field. To be as big as he is, he plays every snap with a lot of energy. He may not physically win the snap, but you wouldn’t not it watching every rep.
He starts at left tackle but will play right tackle and both guard positions when needed for his team. Left tackle is his best position of those at this time.
Hughley said his favorite part of the game is just making his mother Angel proud.
He’s loyal to those who are loyal to him, motivated and with an artistic side. With his mind on his future. Yet there’s another layer of Hughley to share here.
“I am a goofy individual,” he said. “No matter what I am doing. Football. At home with parents chilling. I am always going to be goofy.”
Arnold even called him “a big baby” when it is no longer time to work and be serious on the field.
“But he takes to everybody here,” Arnold said. “Everybody loves him around here.”
Daniel “Boone” Williams, the head coach at Langston Hughes, shared the perfect story to illustrate that.
“I call it the soaking wet story,” Williams said. “We were practicing in the rain. It was pouring down rain, but there was no lightning or thunder. So we had stayed outside for a good soaking. So we go inside. My wife is the cheerleading coach. Soon as he sees her, the first thing he does is give her the biggest hug.”
Williams laughed out loud when he said that.
Imagine how any spouse might react to seeing their significant other playfully get tagged by a water balloon. Except this was a 6-foot-7 and 280-pound water balloon.
“It was to the point that wouldn’t have done that,” Willams said with the wisdom of any husband that desires to maintain that happily ever after.
“He went in and jumped on in and gave her a two-handed hug,” Wiliams said. “She wasn’t really happy. Probably thought he was too nasty and wet. But you know, everybody loves Bo. We have so many stories like that.”
“He’ll be coming out of class and see me and say ‘Coach I had a test and I got an A’ and that type of deal. He’ll say ‘Guess what I got an A’ with the biggest smile on his face.”
Measurables. Upside. Athleticism. He’s about 290 or 295 pounds right now and still looks very lean.
“So you can put about 25 or 35 points on him and then have an even bigger monster in college,” Williams said. “A big monster that is also an athletic football player.”
The 6-foot-7, 290-pounder is an agile individual. He will go roller staking on the weekends and has done that all his life. It is quite the sight to see a man his size on roller skates.
He’s just 16 years old and then puts defenders on roller stakes on Friday nights. Hughley plans on graduating in December of 2022 and enrolling at UGA in January of 2023.
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