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.
“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).
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