Brandon Kublanow: UGA lands OL for commitment No. 17

The offensive lineman nicknamed “The Finisher” committed to UGA on Wednesday.

Brandon Kublanow, a 6-foot-3, 290-pounder from Walton High School, picked UGA over Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Clemson, among his 20 offers. Kublanow earned his nickname because of his punishing style of play.

"The Finisher" will sign with UGA (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

"The Finisher" will sign with UGA (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

“Georgia is the best fit for me,” Kublanow told the AJC. “They have a great combination of academics and football. The program is headed in the right direction.

Why commit now? “I’ve just been thinking about it. I talked to my family about it. I was up there on Saturday. I took a little secret visit to Georgia, and it just felt right.”

Kublanow is commitment No. 17 for UGA’s 2013 recruiting class – and the third for the offensive line.  He will play offensive guard or center for the Bulldogs, which may sign around 30 recruits next February.

“Coach Richt was really fired up when I told him I was coming to Georgia,” Kublanow said. “He was glad to have me, and telling me how important it was for the class … We’re going to sign like 30-something in this class, and it’s definitely going to be one of the top classes in the nation.”

“The Finisher” earned his nickname after he was caught on tape by Rivals slamming a defender’s helmet into the ground while finishing a block.

“Along with being big, strong and powerful, Brandon is just a ferocious football player – and I mean that in the best possible way,” Walton coach Rocky Hidalgo said. “He’s just fierce. He’s not trying to hurt anybody. He just plays incredibly hard, and he isn’t matched very often by his opponent. He’s a special player.”

How good in Kublanow? “I think as soon as he gets on campus, he’s going to have the opportunity to play – I don’t care where he goes, he’s that good,” Hidalgo said.

Kublanow’s commitment was positive news on the day after UGA learned that it’s top commitment is looking hard at Alabama (click here on story link).

UGA commits for 2013

  1. RB Derrick Henry, 6-3, 241, Yulee, Fla.
  2. QB Brice Ramsey, 6-3, 190, Camden County HS
  3. S Tray Matthews, 6-2, 205, Newnan HS
  4. DB Shaq Wiggins, 5-10, 160, Sandy Creek HS
  5. DB Steven Nelson, 6-0, 185, College of Sequoias JC (Northside-WR HS)
  6. DT Chris Mayes, 6-4, 295, Mississippi Gulf Coast JC (Spalding HS)
  7. DT DeAndre “Moose” Johnson, 6-3, 311, Northgate HS
  8. WR Tramel Terry, 6-0, 185, Goose Creek (S.C.)
  9. LB Johnny O’Neal, 6-1, 230, West Laurens HS
  10. WR Kyrin Priester, 6-2, 185, Brookwood HS
  11. OL Aulden Bynum, 6-5, 250, Valwood HS
  12. LB Ryne Rankin, 6-1, 231, Orlando, Fla.
  13. LB, Reggie Carter, 6-1, 220, South Gwinnett HS
  14. ATH JJ Green, 5-9, 178, Camden County HS
  15. DB Reggie Wilkerson, 6-0, Citron, Fla.
  16. OL Josh Cardiello, 6-4, 280, Buford HS
  17. OL Brandon Kublanow, 6-3, 290, Walton HS

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265 comments Add your comment

bham dawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:08 pm

Huge pick up

Tru ATL Fan

May 23rd, 2012
1:09 pm

Sounds like a good pickup. Hopefully he’ll join the ranks and make some noise as projected. Wonder how long this before this too becomes an Alabama blog though, seeing as how there is no newspaper out there…

GtDawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:12 pm

Yeah, look like the future running attack is sittin pretty.

Glory Glory

May 23rd, 2012
1:12 pm

Great news!

Aren’t there several people(sic) on these blogs that swore he was a Bama lock……

IBLEED-G'S

May 23rd, 2012
1:13 pm

Yes, we just need Tunsil and Orlando Brown and maybe another lineman would be a great round up for the OL in this class …..GO DAWGS!!!

GA bred

May 23rd, 2012
1:14 pm

I watched the state championship game and it looked like he handled RN # 1 in the nation the whole game. He had his way with whoever he blocked. Excited about this one. Maybe now some people will stop barking so much about lack of linemen.

IT IS WHAT IT IS

May 23rd, 2012
1:14 pm

Great Addition Bulldawg Nation!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Much NEEDED!!!

GtDawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:15 pm

Man, Da OL is starting to look Nasty, REAL NASTY!!

GeoffDawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:15 pm

Great commit! This program needs to get back to a “Finish the Drill” attitude.

bucket

May 23rd, 2012
1:15 pm

Good get for the Dawgs! Welcome to the Dawg nation Brandon!

PDX Dawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:16 pm

also schools that offered

UF
USCw
LSU

this is a good pickup

Randall "Pink" Floyd

May 23rd, 2012
1:17 pm

UGA lands another top OL target. We were on this kid from Day 1. Now that every school in the country has offerred, he’s coming home. Sic’em!!!

The Truth

May 23rd, 2012
1:17 pm

Who brought up Alabama first? It’s not that there is not a newspaper “out there”, it is that there are many Bama fans in Atlanta.

Big Wally Butts

May 23rd, 2012
1:22 pm

The Truth is such a funny moniker for an Alabama fan. LOL

Dap01

May 23rd, 2012
1:23 pm

Great news. He is exactly what UGA needs. This is going to be one special recruiting class.

Chi Town

May 23rd, 2012
1:23 pm

Better hope Lord Saban does not come and offer a scholly to this young man.

Dewnsav

May 23rd, 2012
1:26 pm

tide roll…what say ye ?? I LOVE it !!!! go dogs

bham dawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:28 pm

@The Truth… the beauty of the internet is no matter what state you are from you can look at anything you like. You can even access bama sites in atlanta. shocking i know. The fact is Bammers just love to troll UGA blogs.

GtDawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:29 pm

This from ESPN’s TideNation, Say it aint so.
Georgia offensive lineman turns down the Tide, commits to the home state Dawgs.

RxDawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:31 pm

Sweeeeeeeeeet. This guy is awesome! Welcome aboard Kub.

bham dawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:33 pm

so with the recent rumblings of derrick henry possibly wanting to flip to bama, would yall trade tyren jones for derrick henry. i personally think he will be a better RUNNING BACK than henry.

ryan

May 23rd, 2012
1:35 pm

Great pick up welcome Kublanow to dawgnation despite the Henry rumors we need O-line more Go Dawgs .

ryan

May 23rd, 2012
1:37 pm

@bham dawg Jones or Dye would not mind getting them Henry is more of a DE than RB IMO .

Unodawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:39 pm

Let the Henry issue work itself out. We need big uglies on that OL and DL. Tunsil, Seymour and M Adams, you guys come on down.

tide roll

May 23rd, 2012
1:40 pm

Are you kidding me? Yes to Dallas Lee, Kolton Houston, Zach Dabell, Huey long, Austin Long, Nathan Theus,John Theus, Greg Pyke,Alden Bynum, David Andrews, Nardiello, and now Klubanow. BUT NO to Chance Warmack, JuJuan James, Rokevious Watkins, Jason Peacock,Joe Harris, Brandon Greene, Shamire Devine,Max Garcia, Vadal Alexander, and Joshua Outlaw. THE most backward, backwoods football program in America. It’s soo obvious what’s going on here. Have you people no shame?

RxDawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:40 pm

“The fact is Bammers just love to troll UGA blogs.”

It’s because we actually bring some copetetion to the table. It’s more fun going back and forth with UGA fans then say some of their western counter parts.

douglas

May 23rd, 2012
1:40 pm

no, this program needs to take the Erk Russell “GATA” attitude. I was at UGA games when Erk was head-butting the players with their helmets on and he had blood on his head. That is what we need at UGA.

Class of '98

May 23rd, 2012
1:41 pm

You will LOVE Athens, Brandon. Good decision. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!

D.E.

May 23rd, 2012
1:41 pm

Perhaps the best interior OL in the entire country.

He will come, ready to contribute, and play from day 1

RxDawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:43 pm

tide roll, i can’t believe I’m going to actually adress your nonsense posts, but didn’t most of those guys you named say no to UGA?

Duncan

May 23rd, 2012
1:43 pm

Henry’s never played a snap at DE or LB. Love all the expert projections here on what position he’s best suited for. LMAO.

GtDawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:44 pm

I just realized that John Atkins 6′4 300lbs, is a Under Armour All-American OL. If the Dawgs redshirt him this season and put him on the line, the Dawgs will be Deep on the OL for a few years

bham dawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:44 pm

benches 465, squats 550, power cleans 365. dude is a beast.

Rick James

May 23rd, 2012
1:45 pm

I’ve seen him on tape and he is a monster..

bham dawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:45 pm

@Duncan… that’s wrong, he has played lb in highschool.

ryan

May 23rd, 2012
1:45 pm

O-line starting turn into a good one and if we still land Tunsil awesome i heard if Henry flips to Bama Jones could to flip UGA only reason Jones did not commit to UGA was because of Henry so we shall see i am happy with Kublanow turd roll who cares what you think Go Dawgs .

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 23rd, 2012
1:45 pm

Good player…not great but good.

GtDawg

May 23rd, 2012
1:47 pm

roll tide what school have or will havee ALL of them on their roster. Dummy.

Hey Hey Hey We're the Monkees

May 23rd, 2012
1:52 pm

tide roll

This guy will be great. By the way, UGA had three O linemen drafted this year. How many did Bama?

ATLANTA GA , USA

May 23rd, 2012
1:53 pm

congrats and welcome to UGA

UGA Dawg91

May 23rd, 2012
1:56 pm

I love this commit. Always can use some more big uglies. Starting to get some depth back on the OL and that’s a great thing considering how many OL’s have been lost the last few years. Need to get them some experience on the field but could be a special group for years to come.

Tunsil, Seymour?? Who else is out there on the OL?

Big Wally Butts

May 23rd, 2012
2:02 pm

A few more “road graders” like Kublanow and we may have something here (love to see him and Tunsil on the line). Startin’ to shape up. Keep up the good work, CWF.

ryan

May 23rd, 2012
2:02 pm

We need relax about Henry i was reading he plans to come back to Athens after his visits Kublanow , Theus , Josh Carlienllo and Tunsil or Seymour that is an impressive O-line my friend Go Dawgs .

Harball

May 23rd, 2012
2:07 pm

This is going to be a great year for UGA in recruiting. This may be a no. 1 class.

T-Dawg

May 23rd, 2012
2:08 pm

tide roll is sometimes good, but not today — as if anyone said “No” to Devine et al…. must be ebb tide.

Bama man

May 23rd, 2012
2:17 pm

He looks like someone that would play for Georgia, can he spell his name?

Someone is confused

May 23rd, 2012
2:17 pm

tide roll, how does offering a scholarship and recruiting a player saying “no” to them? Did you ever take a course in logic?

Jujuan James, Brandon Greene, Vadal Alexander, Max Garcia, and Joshua Outlaw were recruited by Mark Richt and staff. Will not try to embarrass the young man by naming him, but I am thankful at least one of the players on your list was said “No” to by UGA considering what happened the last few months.

getting old

May 23rd, 2012
2:18 pm

I don’t know how good he’ll be in college, but he is one mean dude. Coach Hidalgo described him correctly. This kid is vicious on a football field.

Rampdawg

May 23rd, 2012
2:19 pm

Tech Roll is a disturbed and bitter Bee, and also a racist. Has no team worth a crap to root for. So he fronts him/her self as a Bama fan, yet all the real Bama fans know he’s phony and laugh at and ridicule his fake allegiance.

Game changer is the exact same thing.

Thomas Brown just needs to get laid, and quit the same long winded crap he posts on every UGA blog.

Tampa Gator

May 23rd, 2012
2:19 pm

He is going to be a good one for Georgia. Seems to have the attitude and skills to become a great OC or OG in the future.