UGA has had three members of its 2013 football recruiting class de-commit from the Bulldogs within the last few months. They’ve gone onto to either pledge to another college or remain undecided.
Perhaps the most unusual was Trenton Brown, the offensive lineman from Georgia Military College, a junior college in Milledgeville, Ga.
Brown seemed pretty solid with his commitment to UGA until a conversation last month with another target of the Bulldogs, 5-star OL Laremy Tunsil of Lake City, Fla.
“Florida asked Laremy Tunsil what Georgia told him about me, and Laremy told them I might be playing guard,” Brown told DawgNation’s Kipp Adams. “The Florida coaches told my coaches, and that is how I found out.”
After pondering it for a while, Brown eventually de-committed from UGA and remains undecided, with Florida as his leader.
GMC coach Bert Williams offered some perspective this week to the AJC:
“From what I’ve been told, his family was … there was some miscommunication or whatever you want to call it, that started about whether he was going to be at tackle or guard. He wasn’t interested in potentially being a guard because everybody talking to him has mentioned him being a tackle.
“Apparently, there was some talk with some other recruits. You know how recruits talk back and forth these days.
“My counsel to him was ‘If you’re the best athlete, you’re going to play offensive tackle. It’s that simple. Personally, I wouldn’t read too much into what the other young man said if you felt good enough about Georgia to commit there. When it comes down to it, they’re going to pick the five best guys. If you’re in that five, you’ll be at one position or another. If you’re the best tackle, you’ll be at one of the best tackle positions. If not, you’ll be at one of the guards.’
“Anyways, he wasn’t satisfied with what he was hearing so he pulled away from his commitment, which is something we discourage at GMC. Once a guy makes a commitment, we feel like he kind of needs to stay with it. But his parents are on board (with de-committing from UGA), so that’s where we are right now.
“I still think he kind of has a high level of interest in Georgia, but right now he’s open.”
Could Brown end up committing again to UGA? “I think (UGA OL coach Will Friend) and him are still in communication. I couldn’t guess where the level of interest from both sides is right now, though.”
Offensive line is one of UGA’s glaring weaknesses this season, and it is a high recruiting priority to sign at least a couple of OL recruits that can make an instant impact with the Bulldogs.
How good is the 6-foot-8, 350-pound Brown? “He’s pretty darn good. He reminds me in a lot of ways of (former UGA standout) Bernard Williams, who was a first-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles when I was a graduate assistant there in 1992. Trenton has the same ability on the edge to get out there and be a very effective run blocker. He’s got good speed, great length, good punch, and he can bend and move well. He’s a more physical player than Bernard was, and he has the same general level of athleticism. I think he has the chance to be a great offensive tackle if he continues to work his craft and do the things he needs to improve his game.”
In a recent game against an Iowa Western junior college, Brown was often matched up against one defensive end committed to a Big Ten school, and another one headed to the Big 12. Brown didn’t even give up a QB pressure. “He’s doing it on the field,” Williams said.
The other two de-commits from UGA’s 2013 class:
Also, DT Kelsey Griffin of Mill Creek High School sat in front of TV cameras and publicly committed to UGA a few weeks ago, but then said later the same day that it was not accepted by the Bulldogs. He is now pledged to South Carolina.
Could there be more? WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek, S.C., has already announced twice that he intends to sign with UGA and remains committed to the Bulldogs. However, after taking an official visit to Clemson last week, Terry’s high school coach said he could make a final decision in December.
WE’RE LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS AWAY FROM SIGNING DAY
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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