Brookwood’s state championship QB commits to Georgia State

Brookwood QB to Georgia State (Courtesy of McLane family)

Brookwood QB to Georgia State (Courtesy of McLane family)

The quarterback on Brookwood High’s state championship football team committed to Georgia State on Sunday.

Ben McLane accepted a scholarship offer from Georgia State coach Bill Curry before leaving the campus on Sunday. He was also considering an offer from West Georgia.

“Coach Curry said we have a great thing going on here on Georgia State, and we want you to be a part of it,” McLane said. “I was sold after my official visit. I told Coach Curry that I’m on board, and that’s an honor to be part of building this new football program into one with rich tradition.”

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound McLane knows all about tradition, starting three years at quarterback for one of the state’s most successful high school football programs. Brookwood won the state championship in Georgia’s largest classification (AAAAA) this past season.

“I wanted to be part of a startup program that is fairly new,” McLane said. “Georgia State has a great coaching staff, and it’s just a great opportunity. My gut instinct told me that it is the right place for me.”

This past season, McLane passed for 2,346 yards and 17 touchdowns, completing 60.1 percent of his passes. He finished his Brookwood career with nearly 5,000 career yards (4,747) in passing.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting

26 comments Add your comment


January 30th, 2011
11:42 pm

NJ Dawg

January 31st, 2011
12:30 am

McLane just wanted to go to the one in-state school that could finish with a winning record. Can’t say I blame him.


January 31st, 2011
4:37 am

Was West Ga the only other school trying to recruit him?


January 31st, 2011
4:56 am

Great kid, Advanced Placement student. Very mature. Good get for GSU.


January 31st, 2011
5:35 am

It’s tough to tell about recruits at this level because there’s just not as much attention given. However, he comes from a quality program, had great stats last year, and was a three year starter. He sounds like a winner to me. I can’t wait to see him in Panther Blue.


January 31st, 2011
6:59 am

Good luck Ben. GSU first year was surprising to me. Think you made a good choice with some very good coaches behind you.


January 31st, 2011
7:18 am

Gwinnett Talent….. Is staying home….. and Playing in the Dome…..Look out there’s a new game in town and it starts with Georgia State….”THE REAL GSU”


January 31st, 2011
7:36 am

First of all NJDawg you must be a little confused. The one school that will have a winning record in the state is GSU, but not the one in ATL. Go EAGLES !!!! GA. SOUTHERN


January 31st, 2011
8:18 am

Ben should feel right at home in the Dome since Brookwood plays there once a year plus winning the State Championship there this past December.


January 31st, 2011
8:46 am

From one Bronco to another, good luck Ben!!

Bandwagon GSU Fan

January 31st, 2011
9:02 am

Welcome aboard. Let the winning continue.


January 31st, 2011
10:13 am

@ Dash88- Its sad that ya” GA South fans don’t have a blog, but its really getting old man. The real GSU is obviously Georgia State University. I would refer you to our website, for more information. Also take a look at our football helmets. I thought it was Georgia Southern College anyways. Why all the GSU envy? Hope to see y’all in the dome, or down in your swamp farm of a stadium, in the next few years, but until then, stay off our blogs.


January 31st, 2011
10:40 am

Welcome to GSU Mr. McLane!


January 31st, 2011
10:41 am

Good to see we opened up the recruiting lane into Gwinnett county, especially Brookwood HS. Not only is this good for future on the field play, but it’s also a plus for recruiting students. Gwinnett county high school students go to their team games and know how be loud. Georgia State needs these students to help build the tradition in the Dome.

Texas Wreck

January 31st, 2011
11:53 am

How refreshing. A good kid takes a scholarship offer to GSU to play for a good man. He also has a chance to be on the only winning team in the Atlanta-Athens area. Dream teams become nightmares with so many arrests. He will probably finish with 2 degrees in five years with a redshirt first year. Good luck to you.


January 31st, 2011
12:04 pm

Good luck to the young man. Currie is a good man and I certainly wish him great success at Georgia State.

Jee S. You

January 31st, 2011
1:11 pm

Not a bad get – this class is shaping up nicely!


January 31st, 2011
1:15 pm

Welcome to Pantherdom


January 31st, 2011
1:37 pm

Great to see Atlanta products staying local, GSU is a program on the rise

Go Panthers!!

January 31st, 2011
2:46 pm

If GSU is stacked anywhere, it’s definitely at the QB spot.


Debbie Downer

January 31st, 2011
2:59 pm

Welcome to McLane. Too bad we couldn’t keep Taylor Heinicke local, b/c he had much better stats. As long as the Panthers have DL (and even Star) stay healthy the next three years then McLane won’t see the field until his senior year.


January 31st, 2011
3:40 pm

Debbie Downer – Drew Little will be a redshirt Sophmore this coming season and McLane will take a redshirt this year. This will setup McLane to take over his reshirt Junior year assuming he is the man to takeover. He’ll have two years on the field as starter in that case.


January 31st, 2011
3:49 pm

Get ready to lead the huddle at the Dome in a few yrs.


January 31st, 2011
5:44 pm

Glad to see us get a solid QB this recruiting cycle! Welcome to Panther Nation Ben!


January 31st, 2011
5:54 pm

Good get. As I understand it, he will redshirt his first year. Can anyone confirm if Fatu Ulale is going to GSU or if he decommitted and is going to New Mexico?


February 1st, 2011
7:03 am

It is great to see Georgia’s elite talent staying in state. With the exception of a few schools in our state, I believe Georgia football schools are going to look really good.