OL Chester Brown de-commits from UGA for unknown reasons (UPDATED)

Chester Brown (left) and John Theus won't be playing the O-Line together at UGA. Brown is the fifth 2012 commitment that UGA has lost for one reason or another (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

Chester Brown (left) and John Theus won't be playing the O-Line together at UGA. Brown is the fifth 2012 commitment that UGA has lost for one reason or another (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

  • TUESDAY UPDATE (9:44 pm): A relatively new Georgia Board of Regents policy regulating the admission of undocumented students and illegal immigrants has prevented Chester Brown from gaining admission to UGA, reports the AJC Chip Towers (click on link to read the full story)

OL Chester Brown, who had been pledged to UGA since last summer, confirmed that he has de-committed from the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-5, 340-pound offensive lineman from Bradwell Institute high school told the AJC it was for “personal family reasons.” Brown is the fifth commitment that UGA has lost in this recruiting class for one reason or another.

It was a big blow to UGA, which is desperately seeking one or two more offensive linemen before National Signing Day, which is a week away (Feb. 1). The Bulldogs still have commitments from two OL recruits, John Theus of Jacksonville, Fla., and Greg Pyke of Baltimore. Another OL, junior college transfer Mark Beard, enrolled early at UGA.

Back to Brown: You remember his story? He was relatively unknown until attending UGA’s Dawg Night prospect camp last July, both earning a scholarship offer and committing on the spot. He picked the Bulldogs over Georgia State and South Alabama. We talked with the Somoan-born lineman on late Monday night:

  • What happened? “I talked to [Mark Richt] and [UGA assistant Tony Ball] about it. When I told them about everything, about my personal reasons, they felt like this was the right decision for me to make – not because I’m leaving Georgia, but because of my family.”
  • What are those family reasons? “The family reasons are personal, or private.”
    Chester Brown (247Sports.com)

    Chester Brown has a tattoo of the date he committed to UGA on his left forearm, according to ESPN (247Sports.com)

  • Did UGA revoke or withdraw the scholarship offer? “No, this was my decision. It was 100-percent my decision.”
  • What about the rumors it was because of academics? “No, I’ve heard that a lot. People thought it was because of my SAT scores and my academics. No, no, no. My academics are good and everything. My SAT scores are good. It was due to personal family reasons that made me make the decision I made.”
  • Did you get into trouble at school or away from school? “No. No trouble with the law, and no trouble with school. Basically, it was an issue behind closed doors with my family.”
  • When did you have an idea that you might de-commit? “It was about two or three weeks ago. I let Georgia know. They felt like I should think about my decision again. Then I called them back on Saturday and let them know my decision was final.”
  • Why is it just now getting out? “I think it’s because I got calls from other people who said ‘the word on the street is that you’ve decided to de-commit.’ I guess when they finally got it from me, then people put it on Facebook or Twitter or wherever. Then other people saw it and called me/”
  • How do you feel about parting ways with UGA? “Everyone knows that I still have love for the Georgia family, especially for the Georgia coaches and everything. The decision I made, it hurt a lot to make that decision. It hurt me personally. Georgia was a place I told everyone was my home, and I felt like I could play there. But this was a decision that I came upon and it was a family issue. I wanted to let people know it didn’t end on bad terms. No, we left on good terms. I talked to Coach Ball. He said ‘the decision you made was right.’ He basically told me ‘it is what it is’ with the decision I made.”
  • What was Georgia’s reaction to your decision? “Their reaction was that they felt very disappointed. Then again, they were with me on the decision that I made. They felt like for the good of my family, whatever decision I made, that’s what I should go with.”
  • Do you still want to play college football? “Yes sir. My options right now are Central Florida, Tulane, and Syracuse. I’ve [gotten offers] from Tulane and Syracuse and right now I’m in the process of talking about it with Central Florida.”
  • Why would you want to play at those other colleges but not UGA? Is this specifically  related to an issue with UGA? “It’s not because I don’t want to play for Georgia. It’s for personal reasons. These were the scholarships that were offered to me at this point, Syracuse and Tulane. I’m in talks with Central Florida. But this has nothing to do with where I was going to play, Georgia.”

What’s next for UGA? OL target Avery Young of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., moves to the very top of UGA’s recruiting board — if he wasn’t there already. Young has listed Auburn, Florida and UGA as his leaders. Also expect the Bulldogs to make a run after a few in-state linemen committed to other schools, including Alabama-bound Brandon Greene of Cedar Grove.

Note: UGA has lost five commitments for its 2012 recruiting class. The others are Flowery Branch WR CJ Curry (flipped to Oklahoma State), prep school LB Kent Turene (signed with Marshall as a Prop 48), junior college WR Lonnie Outlaw (had yet to meet transfer requirements) and junior college DE Jalen Fields (had yet to meet transfer requirements).

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442 comments Add your comment

GoBigDog

January 23rd, 2012
10:44 pm

Dang, I was looking forward to watching a Samoan DAWG!

NC Dawg1

January 23rd, 2012
10:45 pm

Does anyone know any offensive linemen in Australia, China or Brazil we can sign? I wish we could recruit as well as Georgia Tech. Paul Johnson beat us again. NOT! BAHAHAHAHA

Dawgs need OL

January 23rd, 2012
10:46 pm

Hope the staff is working hard to fill the holes… in the line

Dollar Bill

January 23rd, 2012
10:49 pm

Yep. saw it 27 seconds ago

josh

January 23rd, 2012
10:52 pm

Dang he can’t be on the All-UGA arrests team now! — http://jgwb.us/alltuga:( (

VoxDawg

January 23rd, 2012
10:52 pm

What a bunch of crap… All the more reason we need Brandon Greene & Avery Young.

Vance Duly

January 23rd, 2012
10:52 pm

I agree – having a Samoan would have been a good thing. The ONE thing we can’t afford to lose —- offensive linemen……………. This stinks!

Wally My Butts

January 23rd, 2012
10:52 pm

Dawg48

January 23rd, 2012
10:53 pm

Something to do with citizenship?

JMar

January 23rd, 2012
10:54 pm

There’s a really interesting story on how Brown ended up committing to the Dawgs on Scout. Seems like a great kid; I’m sure he’s got a good reason.

bravos0516

January 23rd, 2012
10:55 pm

Yeah supposedly something to do with citizenship and GA’s new immigration law.

tidedawg

January 23rd, 2012
10:56 pm

do you guys know how to post videos to FACEBOOK?

Dawg48

January 23rd, 2012
10:57 pm

bravos0516
January 23rd, 2012
10:55 pm

Yeah supposedly something to do with citizenship and GA’s new immigration law.

The State of Georgia or the UGA?

bo

January 23rd, 2012
10:58 pm

Citizenship??? Somoans are Americans, aren’t they?

Dollar Bill

January 23rd, 2012
10:59 pm

Do you guys know how to post videos to FACEBOOK

bravos0516

January 23rd, 2012
10:59 pm

State of Georgia, the new laws that just went into effect. Supposedly since he’s Somoan and his parents aren’t married he doesn’t qualify for a scholarship or something like that. I don’t know the details on that law specifically.

Dawgs need OL

January 23rd, 2012
11:00 pm

…do you guys know how to post videos to FACEBOOK?

bravos0516

January 23rd, 2012
11:01 pm

The Somoan islands are just a territory and don’t include citizenship i’m pretty sure.

Dawg48

January 23rd, 2012
11:02 pm

Bo

They are American Nationalist not American citizens.

Big Crimson 75

January 23rd, 2012
11:03 pm

Blame Saben — Come on………..This story has been up for 15 mins & NO puppy has blamed this on Saben!
The Apocalypse is coming!

5150 UOAD

January 23rd, 2012
11:08 pm

48 it should be no different than people from Puerto Rico right? We have the US Samoan Islands right?

5150 UOAD

January 23rd, 2012
11:10 pm

Can’t Puerto Ricans move back and forth with ease?

marseilles mutt

January 23rd, 2012
11:10 pm

Few minutes is up! Where the darn update?

john

January 23rd, 2012
11:11 pm

Hairy Dawg

January 23rd, 2012
11:12 pm

I can’t believe sombody is dumb enough to decommit from Dawgs! Come on think about it and play for the best in Athens not the rest of them that is losers. Dawgs is goning all the way to champs and you want to be part of that!

Blackoutanyone?

January 23rd, 2012
11:12 pm

I really don’t see CMR filling the 85 man roster. Welcome to self imposed scholarship reductions. CMR will give 4 or 5 deserving walk ons a scholly next fall and u people will eat it up.

bravos0516

January 23rd, 2012
11:13 pm

5150

Puerto Ricans are US citizens because of a specific federal law passed only for them from what I read. It does not include other U.S. territories.

Harleynole

January 23rd, 2012
11:13 pm

Headed to FSU!

5150 UOAD

January 23rd, 2012
11:15 pm

Ok BRAVOS0516 I didn’t realize there was a difference just for Puerto Rico. Never really thought about it I guess.

bravos0516

January 23rd, 2012
11:18 pm

5150

Yeah I didn’t either I had to look it up because I was curious too. Its called the Jones-Shafroth Act of 1917.

slydog

January 23rd, 2012
11:20 pm

I wish you the best Chester. For UGA, there is nothing lost here. UGA has gotten next to nothing from Bradwell Institute (Moody, Ealey). It’s a good thing he got out of it before he did something he was uncomfortable with.

Dawg48

January 23rd, 2012
11:20 pm

The citizenship thing does not seem correct to me. But that’s the only thing I have seen. It can’t be academics because Tulane is a school he is looking at. Didn’t Tech just pick up some kids from out of country?

5150 UOAD

January 23rd, 2012
11:21 pm

Damn 1917? That is longer ago than I would have figured. Hawaii & Alaska became states in 1950’s right?

slydog

January 23rd, 2012
11:22 pm

Whether a citizen or not, Samoans don’t necessarily have restrictions while traveling throughout the U.S.

bravos0516

January 23rd, 2012
11:22 pm

Dawg48

Yeah tech did. The only thing I can think of is that the law only applies to residents of the state. I bet if he was actually coming from the Samoan islands he would be fine.

oscar

January 23rd, 2012
11:23 pm

@slydog
Moody and Ealey were from Emanuel County Institute not Bradwell Institute

slydog

January 23rd, 2012
11:23 pm

Dude just wants to go out of state

5150 UOAD

January 23rd, 2012
11:23 pm

48 the immigration thing shouldn’t be an issue unless the AA was not willing to pay the scholarship fees for a foreign student.

Dawg48

January 23rd, 2012
11:24 pm

bravos0516

To much RED TAPE! Lol

bravos0516

January 23rd, 2012
11:24 pm

5150

Yeah I think so, its pretty weird.

GODAWGS

January 23rd, 2012
11:25 pm

@slydog moody and ealey played for emanuel county institute not bradwell. Best of luck to chester

bravos0516

January 23rd, 2012
11:26 pm

Dawg48

Yeah I know haha. You would think he was trying to be President. He just wants to play some ball.

Paul in NH

January 23rd, 2012
11:26 pm

You guys do know that Samoa and American Samoa are different places, I hope. American Samoa is a US territory (like Guam, Puerto Rico) and the people are US nationals (though they are not US citizens) – they are allowed in the US.
Samoa is a completely different, independent country. Kind of like the difference between the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Finkle is Einhorn

January 23rd, 2012
11:28 pm

We recruit like we are on probation or something. Of our 85 scholarships, how many were once walk-ons? Bama and LSU do what it takes to win with recruiting, but we seem to be playing with one hand behind our backs. No wonder we don’t win…nobody here cares enough to do what it takes.

gamecocnh gamecock

January 23rd, 2012
11:28 pm

Lol go cocks lol

gamecocnh gamecock

January 23rd, 2012
11:29 pm

Hey Paul where in nh are ya?

He coming to Columbia

Aubie the One and Only Mascot

January 23rd, 2012
11:32 pm

Hairy Dawg

January 23rd, 2012
11:12 pm
I can’t believe sombody is dumb enough to decommit from Dawgs! Come on think about it and play for the best in Athens not the rest of them that is losers. Dawgs is goning all the way to champs and you want to be part of that!

I can’t believe someone would be so dumb to post a statement like that!

John

January 23rd, 2012
11:32 pm

Good Luck young man…. I wiah you much success

5150 UOAD

January 23rd, 2012
11:33 pm

PAUL I know they are different but most of the kids that play ball at all the colleges on the Left coast are American Samoans like all the UTAH, UCLA, Oregon, and USC ? Correct

Aubie the One and Only Mascot

January 23rd, 2012
11:34 pm

Some counties we have here in Georgia are Third World Countries. Have any of you ever been to Stewart County? More Chickens and Cows than Humans, and the Animals make more money per year than a good many residents of Stewart County.