May 22, 2012

Bull(ish) on the Dawgs



MARIETTA - Walton offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow isn't at all worried about making people happy on the field. It is actually the other way around, as Raider standout loves to inflict pain on his opponent every chance he gets.

On Wednesday, however, the star lineman took time out from being one of the most intense and aggressive blockers in the country to give the University of Georgia coaching staff some good news.

"I am committed to Georgia," said Kublanow, who becomes Georgia's 17th verbal committment. "Go Dawgs!"

The commitment may come as a surprise to some Kublanow was recently offered by LSU and Florida State, and went on the record as saying he would push his decision back so that he could take visits to each campus.

In the end, however, his desire to join UGA's current recruiting class won out.

"I was going to wait, but I just knew where I wanted to go and knew I wanted to be at Georgia," he said. "I took a secret visit up there Saturday, and I just knew it was where I wanted to be. Georgia is just the place for me."

Given the nickname "Bull" by his teammates, Kublanow helped lead Walton to a 14-1 record and an appearance in the GHSA AAAAA State Championship game in 2011, and also paved the way for teammate and Alabama running back commitment Tyren Jones to run for 2,375 yards and 34 touchdowns.

His abilities as a leader and a dominant run blocker lead Georgia to offer the four star lineman back on October 1, and according to Kublanow, the Bulldogs did everything right from there.

"They were the third team to offer me behind Georgia Tech and Duke, but they did the best job recruiting me," said Kublanow. "They were in contact with me almost every day, and we just talked a lot. I got to know everyone so well there. Coach Will Friend did a great job recruiting me, really. We talked every week and he really let me know that they wanted me there and needed me there.

As a Rivals250 recruit, there are few questions about Kublanow's talent level and it came as no surprise when the Walton standout told UGASports the Georgia staff let him know that he was one, if not the, top interior offensive line target on their board.

Being made a top priority is an aspect of Kublanow's recruitment that played an integral a role in his decision.

"It was cool to know that they needed offensive lineman and they had me high on their list," he said. "Georgia is a great program and I like what they have going there with a chance to win a national championship and all."
After playing guard in his junior season for the Raiders, and seeing some time at center for the Georgia Rising Seniors week in December, Kublanow will play left tackle for Walton in 2012.

According to the confident lineman, he believes he can do just about anything to help the team he'll be playing for at the next level.

"I feel right now that I can run block or pass block well," said Kublanow. "I have good hands and good footwork and all. I've worked hard and feel I can do it all pretty well right now."

Kublanow committed to the Bulldogs over big time offers from Clemson, Florida, North Carolina and Vanderbilt, and feels that each program that recruited him did an excellent job.

"Every program that came after me did a really good job," said Kublanow. "I really liked every campus and liked the coaches and all, but Georgia was just the right fit for me."

With eight months left until Kublanow can sign his letter of intent, the Rivals250 recruit has every intention of using what he has learned while being recruited to become a valuable recruiter for his future team.

"I'll definitely be talking to prospects and all," said Kublanow. "I've already talked with my teammates, Tyren and D.J. (Smith). I'm going to be talking to Montravius (Adams) too. I know Montravius well since we were teammate at Rising Seniors so I'll be working on him too."

The Peach State blue chipper won't be arriving in Athens until June 2013, but as the newest member of UGA's 2013 recruiting class, he does have a message for UGA fans.

"I really just can't wait," said Kublanow. "Go Dawgs."

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