Ex-UGA recruit Chester Brown, who was forced to withdraw his longtime commitment to the Bulldogs due to an immigration issue, pledged to Central Florida on Sunday, said a report.
The 6-foot-5, 340-pound offensive lineman from Bradwell Institute high school committed to Central Florida at the end of his official visit, according to UCFSports.com’s Brandon Helwig.
“I went back to the hotel Saturday night and had a meeting with my brothers,” Brown told the website. “I called my parents and they said, ‘If you feel this is the place for you and you feel peace in your heart then go ahead and tell them you’re going to sign.’ … This morning I went to Coach (George) O’Leary’s office. He was actually surprised when I told him I was going to sign on Wednesday.”
Brown earned a football scholarship to UGA at last summer’s Dawg Night prospect and committed to the Bulldogs on the spot. He was one of the most enthusiastic members of UGA’s 2012 recruiting class until recently learning about a controversial Georgia Board of Regents policy that bans the enrollment of undocumented students. Brown was raised in the U.S. by Somaon parents who allegedly are illegal immigrants, reported the AJC’s Chip Towers.
The AJC’s Jeff Schultz wrote a super column on the dilemma that you can read by clicking here.
Back to Brown and UCF: O’Leary has an interesting talent assessment on Chester Brown: Rather than offensive line, he thinks the big guy has a better skill set to be a college defensive lineman, according to UCFSports.com.
Meanwhile, the loss of Brown due to an immigration policy is a stinging blow for UGA. With less than 72 hours from Wednesday’s signing day, the Bulldogs have only 16 commitments and room to sign as many as 12 more. You can read more of an overview by going here.
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[9:30 a.m. Monday] The AJC’s Chip Towers spoke with Bradwell Institute coach Jim Walsh, who said the Brown was “still kind open” with his recruitment. “I’m not sure of the accuracy of that,” Walsh said of Brown’s UCF commitment. “We’ve had some recent things going on.” Click here to read Chip’s report
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