OL Brandon Kublanow gets Georgia Tech offer; UGA may be next

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Georgia Tech offered a football scholarship to the offensive lineman who has been nicknamed “The Finisher” by college scouts.

It the first offer for Brandon Kublanow, the 6-foot-3, 290-pounder from Walton High School who is an early favorite to be the state’s No. 1 college prospect along the offensive line for 2013. Kublanow is a UGA fan and the Bulldogs could be the next to offer.

“The Finisher” earned his nickname after devastating and dominating blocking skills were caught on tape by Rivals and Scout at last month’s Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome. Kublanow had 13 pancake blocks against Peachtree Ridge, including a couple where he fell on top of the defender as he was making the block and – to the amazement of scouts – stayed on top of the defender and shoved his helmet into the artificial turf, as if to make sure he got the message.

The video quickly went viral in college football’s recruiting circles.

“Yeah, I’ve had a lot of people tell me they saw the video,” Kublanow said with a laugh. “That’s just how I play. That’s how I’ve been taught. That’s how I finish.”

Back to Georgia Tech: Kublanow made an unofficial visit with the Yellow Jackets for Saturday’s win over Kansas and was called into the office to speak with coach Paul Johnson. We’ll let Kublanow tell the rest:

"The Finisher" got an offer from Georgia Tech, and UGA may be next for Walton OL Brandon Kublanow (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

"The Finisher" got an offer from Georgia Tech, and UGA may be next for Walton OL Brandon Kublanow (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

“Coach Johnson was like ‘We really like you, and we’re impressed. We like your aggressiveness and how you finish people with your blocking. We like that you’re a good kid off and on the field, and make good grades. We know it’s going to a while before offers go out for high school juniors, but we want to let you know that you have a scholarship offer from Georgia Tech when the time comes.’

“I was pretty shocked with the offer. I’m really excited about Georgia Tech now. It feels good to finally have my first offer. It feels good, almost like a weight off my shoulder. I’m ready now for more.”

Did Kublanow considering finishing his recruiting and committing on the spot to Georgia Tech? “No, and it really never got to that point because Coach Johnson said he knew it would be a while before everything would really start to happen for me with recruiting, with me being just a junior. The main thing Coach Johnson wanted to do was to make sure I knew I had an offer.”

What about UGA? Kublanow said UGA offensive line coach Will Friend stopped by Walton High School on Friday to express serious interest on behalf of the Bulldogs.

“Coach Friend said he saw my first game on TV from the Georgia Dome, and that he was really impressed,” Kublanow said. “I think Georgia might be the next to offer. I guess the college coaches can’t really do anything when they are on a high school campus. But I will be at Georgia in a couple of weeks when they play Mississippi State, and I think they may offer me then.”

With Kublanow being a Georgia fan, would he commit on the spot if offered by the Bulldogs? “I don’t think I would,” he said. “I think I would want to wait a little longer. But it’s a possibility. I’ve been a Georgia fan for a long time.” After pausing for a few seconds, Kublanow added, “If I was fortunate to get a Georgia offer, I’m definitely going to wait because I want to see what other options are out there.”

Florida, Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Tennessee are among the other schools showing heavy interest. Asked which other schools were on his wishlist for an early offer, he replied, “I’d say Georgia, Alabama and Clemson.”

At Walton, Kublanow has 41 pancake blocks in four games. He carries a 3.08 GPA and a chip on his shoulder after talking to a scout from a recruiting service this past summer.

“This guy told me I would not play Division I football,” Kublanow said. “He said I was too short, and I could probably play Div. I-AA football somewhere. I just got up and walked out of his office.”

Note: Kublanow said he was being recruited by Georgia Tech as an offensive lineman, while UGA has specified that they are interested in him at center. “I’ll play anywhere on the offensive line,” he said. “I’m fine wherever anybody wants to put me in college.”


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29 comments Add your comment


September 19th, 2011
2:42 am

2013 is a long ways off but this guy is smart and has a chip on his shoulder to prove he can cut it in 1-A so I hope he will get an offer soon. We need to do something different on the offensive line because what we are using as a recruiting tactic now certainly isn’t working.


September 19th, 2011
6:41 am

Rivals and Scout recruiting services are for amusment purpopses only. Can’t see CMR or CPJ letting these yahoos effect their decisions.

Hope Brandon will stay in state. Sounds like a good one.

Vampire Bill

September 19th, 2011
7:36 am

Great football name Club-ya-Now

Robin of the Hood

September 19th, 2011
7:38 am

I know it’d be hard picking his rival over his favorite team but,I would love to see this young man in come of CPJ’s blocking schemes

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7:50 am

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fan of shorter passes

September 19th, 2011
7:58 am

Waiting on the georgie offer to see what ALTXMEN will say about him being a div II player.


September 19th, 2011
8:41 am

Just remember, when UGA offers you, Brandon Kublanow, it will be a firm offer and you will know you will be the center anchor for our offensive line.

I know you will get offers from other schools, but I hope you chose to stay in-state and play for UGA. We need you!

Best wishes in your HS career, Brandon, and look forward in the future to hearing that you have committed to UGA, and see on NSD that you have signed to play Between-the-Hedges. .. Go Dawgs!


September 19th, 2011
8:54 am

6-3 290#’S as a junior… and he’s too short? I would of got up out of his office too. That doesn’t make sense.

Good Timing for GT

September 19th, 2011
10:24 am

Needless to say this kid will be watching Richt get run out of Athens by the end of the year and will need to start over his recruiting with a new staff next year. I’m sure he’ll get an offer in a few weeks but at Tech he will have stability and at Georgia he will have a new staff next year.

Outside Observer

September 19th, 2011
10:28 am

Interesting comment from the recruiting service… He might be a bit short to be a tackle, but he appears to be optimal size for a guard or center. And if he has the motor that most seem to believe, should be a good fit at one of the three interior positions. I’m sure he is looking forward to proving that recruiting service wrong. I also hope he stays in state, preferably at Georgia Tech. Best of luck to the young man.

GT Fan

September 19th, 2011
10:34 am

While he’s happy to finally have his first “offer” the BK’s quotes tell you he will NOT be coming to GT.

Asked which other schools were on his wishlist for an early offer, he replied, “I’d say Georgia, Alabama and Clemson.”

Ramblin Man

September 19th, 2011
11:04 am

Sounds like a good kid.
Mr. Carvell can you do a little checking into who was at the GT/Kansas game recruit wise? I saw Kenny Orjioke there and was wondering about the others and thier thoughts.


September 19th, 2011
12:52 pm

tough and nasty-i like it


September 19th, 2011
12:58 pm

Ramblin Man,
I can tell you what those recruits thought. The same thing we all thought…


Rodney Dangerfield

September 19th, 2011
1:22 pm

UGA has to wait to see how many stars Rivals and Scout give you before they can offer you. So just hang tight!

Top Dawg

September 19th, 2011
1:39 pm

Mr. Kublanow, congratulations and looking forward to that offer from UGA also.
Sounds like you would be a fine addition on the Dawgs offensive line.
Go Dawgs!


September 19th, 2011
1:49 pm


Is Cam Newton smart, talented, and plays with a chip on his shoulder?


September 19th, 2011
1:57 pm

At 6′3, 290, he is a “little” short for his weight. But it’s a marginal issue. At 6′3, normally a line weighs 265-285. He will get even bigger when he gets through a college S&C program and go from 290 to 325-330. Guys like that normally are 6′5 to 6′8. And the guy who told him he would “never” play D1 is a fool. This isn’t the scouting combine…”You won’t play tackle in the NFL, but maybe guard or center.” Anyway, because of his height and “girth” he is a natural center or guard.

Austin F

September 19th, 2011
1:57 pm

Hope he stays in state either way.


September 19th, 2011
3:05 pm

Basically, what he’s saying to tech, is “Thanks, but no thanks!” LOL


September 19th, 2011
3:58 pm

look’s like he’s pretty pissed in this pic. what we need. aiready got enough boy scout o.l.


September 19th, 2011
4:52 pm

@GT Fan and spanky–go back and re-read, dudes. he was asked what OTHER schools are on his wishlist for an early offer. he already HAS a tech offer. why would he add them to the list of teams he’s hoping offer him? yeah, he might not come to tech. but, he wasn’t shutting the door on the offer in his answer if you’ll read the question again.

GT Alum

September 19th, 2011
5:07 pm

GT Fan –

While I believe it’s unlikely we sway a lifelong UGA fan to play at Tech, he’s not going to include Tech in that list because he already has an offer from Tech.

An of course CPJ isn’t pushing him for a commitment. He knows this kid isn’t going to end his recruitment before it even starts.


September 19th, 2011
5:58 pm

Perfect frame for center and an attitude that’s been sorely missing at UGA with the exception of Ben Jones. We need this kid.


September 19th, 2011
6:52 pm

I don’t think that Tech is going to offer uga….they continue to be suspect in a number of areas! ;)


September 19th, 2011
9:43 pm

wait til Tide Roll gets a look at this kid’s photo


September 19th, 2011
9:55 pm

Michael, are you following the developments with USCe’s benefits violations? Could this potentially affect recruiting? Vacate wins? Any updates on this?

Crusher Dawg

September 20th, 2011
11:53 am

Don’t matter that Cam broke a record. He didn’t win. That makes you a premier quarterback………

Baby Bennett frisky

September 23rd, 2011
8:33 am

Another recruit who will look good in that crimson tide jersey.

Saban OWNS the state of Georgia.