Recruitment of former UGA commitment Chester Brown ’still open’

Technically, the NCAA recruiting calendar entered the dead period overnight. But the recruitment of Chester Brown is anything but quiet.

Brown, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound offensive lineman from Bradwell Institute and former UGA commitment, took an official visit to Central Florida over the weekend and apparently committed to coach George O’Leary while he was in Orlando. But Bradwell Institute football coach and athletic director Jim Walsh indicated Brown’s recruitment remains a fluid situation.

“I’m not sure of the accuracy of that,” he said of Brown’s UCF commitment. “We’ve had some recent things going on.”

Walsh said some “major schools” entered the picture for Brown over the weekend

“Some of the top SEC and ACC schools called me on Saturday and Sunday,” Walsh said. “I’m actually going to meet with Chester today. We’re going to talk a little and go from there. I would say things are still kind of open.”

Walsh would not say which schools are involved. Most of Georgia’s surrounding state’s have more liberal laws regarding the education of undocumented students and illegal immigrants.

Brown had been committed to UGA since July 15, 2011. But a documentation issue regarding his U.S. citizenship derailed his admission to the state university. Brown, the son of Samoan immigrants who claims to have been born in the U.S., became the victim of a relatively new Board of Regents policy regarding undocumented students. State schools that turn away Georgia residents due to capacity constraints can no longer accept students that can’t prove their U.S. citizenship.

Since news of Brown’s plight broke last week, Walsh said his phone “has been burning up.”

“We’ve had calls from all over the country,” Walsh said. “It’s kind of ridiculous. We’re starting to get now to the point where people are making decisions and some people are losing and some others are gaining. Saturday afternoon and Sunday, my phone has been burning up.”

Meanwhile, Walsh indicated the door isn’t completely shut on Brown attending UGA, his first choice. “Well, we’re constantly working on that,” he said.

112 comments Add your comment

meh

January 30th, 2012
9:41 am

PMC

January 30th, 2012
9:43 am

Hope they find your paperwork Chester Brown. Good luck to you where ever you go. Make the best of it.

Rome

January 30th, 2012
9:44 am

They must be talking with the obama admin on how to circumvent not being born here.

1eyedJack

January 30th, 2012
9:48 am

If he was born in the U.S. he should have a valid birth certificate. It’s as simple as that. Ask Oba… oh, never mind.

bucket

January 30th, 2012
9:50 am

To all the UGA haters who are going to start posting hate-filled crap on here in an effort to make UGA look bad – shame on you! Here’s hoping Chester can get his papers and sign with the Dawgs on Wednesday!

Frank Lane

January 30th, 2012
9:50 am

He should just claim non-us citizenry and get a student visa.

Gingrich

January 30th, 2012
9:51 am

Hey Rome- Where was you born? Can you prove it? Where were your parents born? Can they prove it? Unless you are a native Indian, then your ancestry are illegals!

Glenn

January 30th, 2012
9:51 am

obama knows all the ropes about that kind of stuff

Just Asking

January 30th, 2012
9:52 am

What could they be working on with UGA? Somehow making him legal? This isn’t a gray area. Either you are or you aren’t. Lets not start playing games with the law just for the sake of football. That would really be foolish.

DawginLex

January 30th, 2012
9:52 am

I am really pulling for this kid regardless of where he goes to college.

Just Asking

January 30th, 2012
9:55 am

Liberals. Only American Indians are legal? They immigrated her from somewhere else. It was the laws that have been on the books for centuries that say who is legal and who is not.

1eyedJack

January 30th, 2012
9:55 am

One lesson that could be learned here is NEVER get a tattoo on the spur of the moment.

Just Asking

January 30th, 2012
10:01 am

1eyedJack One lesson that could be learned here is NEVER get a tattoo on the spur of the moment.

What?

JB

January 30th, 2012
10:04 am

Hum…………He can work in the chicken plant in Ellijay or work on a Landscaping crew in Metro Atlanta…Or pick peach’s…..But can’t play football at UGA….

Joey

January 30th, 2012
10:07 am

So, if he just claimed he WASN’T born in the US, he could go to UGA with a student visa?

Leave it to politicians to f–K it up.

Just think, we’re about to turn over health-care for 300 million folks over to them. Wonder how that’ll go?

Dr. Don

January 30th, 2012
10:07 am

I am sure UGA has an immigration lawyer working right this moment to try and locate relevant records and such. I think folks might be surprised at how often birth documents get lost/misplaced/disappear.
It’s kind of amazing to me that no one at the high school seemed to know about this ahead of time.

Old Dog

January 30th, 2012
10:09 am

To anyone here – prove you were born in the USA without using your birth certificate. Did you have a judge at your bith that will certify that he saw you come out of yo momma’s va-jay-jay and that you are that same baby he saw? Prove you are a legal natural born citizen.

Vince

January 30th, 2012
10:13 am

Its the cusp of National Signing Day—-and all the news you have is about a lost recruit? UGA’s recruiting situation must be in dire straits.

DawginLex

January 30th, 2012
10:15 am

just asking

The kid got a tattoo with the date he committed to UGA on it.

That’s why it is a shame he can’t go there and obvious that he really did want to be in Athens.

more hate

January 30th, 2012
10:19 am

Let the foolishness continue. Some of you guys are just sad.

more hate

January 30th, 2012
10:20 am

SouthGaDawg
January 30th, 2012
10:17 am
huh?

Cobb Dawg

January 30th, 2012
10:24 am

Does anyone really belive that a man can be elected President of the greatest country in the history of the Earth, with the greatest intelligence (CIA and FBI), with all of the information technology that we have today, without fulfilling the requirements of being President?!?! I mean, do some of you really believe that the President wasn’t born in the US and just “slipped through the cracks” of the CIA? Really?!?!?!

New law

January 30th, 2012
10:25 am

the government should change the laws and let these players enroll in college—they generate millions for the universities and should get special rules.

uga realist

January 30th, 2012
10:26 am

Just asking is obviously ignorant. American Indians were here and occupied land b4 the constitutions was adopted. They did not immigrate here to colonize america. They were here b4 the ‘united stated/colonies’ even existed. Just think abt the term ‘Native American’…get it..’Native’…So please, get your history str8 or keep your comments based on uga football #godawgs

more hate

January 30th, 2012
10:27 am

Cobb Dawg
January 30th, 2012
10:24 am
My thoughts exactly.

Jiggy Smaha

January 30th, 2012
10:28 am

If he was born in the US all his mama has to do is remember when and where and there will be a birth certificate available. I hope they can locate one by Wednesday and that the story will have a happy ending. I am pretty sure they could obtain one at a certain Honolulu hospital.

30605 Dog

January 30th, 2012
10:38 am

How is the Australian lineman that GT took last week any different as far as citizenship status? What am I missing? No way is he a citizen.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

January 30th, 2012
10:39 am

There are more illegals at North Ave HS than anywhere else. LOL

a.p. dawg

January 30th, 2012
10:41 am

uga realist, if you want to be technical I am a native american. I was born on US soil in the good ole state of Georgia. My ancestors may have migrated here from somewhere else, but I was born here so does not that make me native american.

DawginLex

January 30th, 2012
10:42 am

http://rivals.yahoo.com/nebraska/football/recruiting/player-Barrett-Jones-54227

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where is tide roll?

This guy even looks like Greg Pyke, aka part of the private school posse!!!!!!!

32 Years and counting

January 30th, 2012
10:42 am

I hope this kid can get this fixed so he can come to UGA. Somoans are usually very physical football players. We NEED big, strong guys that are pure nasty on both lines.

Dap01

January 30th, 2012
10:43 am

Any rumors about possible UGA commits after this weekend?

Anon1

January 30th, 2012
10:45 am

30605- He is coming into the country on a student visa to Tech. Chester’s parents were already here illegally. That’s the difference.

Bean Counter

January 30th, 2012
11:03 am

Wednesday is not the deadline it is the beginning of the National Signing period. As long as Chester does not sign with another school and UGA has an open scholarship for him there is still hope that we can find away around the problem. Keep the faith dawgs – Chester wants to be in Athens and we want him there.

Chip Towers

January 30th, 2012
11:06 am

30605 Dog: Foreign prospects are able to attend U.S. colleges on student visas, ala UGA basketball player Nemanja Djurisic of Montenegro.

Chip Towers

January 30th, 2012
11:07 am

Dap01: Lots of them.

faithfuldawg86

January 30th, 2012
11:13 am

The complete idiocy of some of these comments are an embarrassment to UGA and the whole state of Georgia. Go crawl back under your rocks. Good luck, Chester, no matter where you go!

Old Dog

January 30th, 2012
11:13 am

“I was born on US soil in the good ole state of Georgia.”

PROVE IT! Without using your birth certificate!

ME

January 30th, 2012
11:23 am

Frank ,

Disagree re student visa route. A GA or US citizen should have priority for the slot in school. Sports made my UGA experience great, BUT “winning & making $” should not win out over education responsibilities. Reserve the student visa route for the honor students who elevate academics and learning for the whole student body.

ATL Fan

January 30th, 2012
11:32 am

New Law,
Do you believe that people posing as guests of the Obama’s could get through multiple levels of Secret Service security and put hands on the President of the United States?

Old Dog

January 30th, 2012
11:34 am

“BUT “winning & making $” should not win out over education responsibilities”

It doesn’t keep us from denying students spots at UGA that are taken by football players , most of who do not nearly compete on an academic basis. If Jan Kemp taught us anything, it is that we should just admit we give special treatment and admissions to football players solely based on their ability to play good football and draw crowds and money to the program – and that is the way it should be. College football is only a farm league for the NFL. We should do away with the fiction about “student-athletes”.

ATL Fan

January 30th, 2012
11:34 am

Sorry New Law…Should have been addressed to Cobb Dawg.

Mr. SEC

January 30th, 2012
11:40 am

HE AIN’T COMING TO UGA. TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT HIM. BY THE WAY, HE COULD HAD APPEALED THE ADMISSIONS DEPT., BUT HE REALLY DID NOT WANT TOO! WHY SHOW HIM ALL OF HIS CRAP ABOUT LOVING UGA AND REALLY WANTING TO BE THERE? IT IS ALL HORSE______!

DamntheButcher

January 30th, 2012
11:47 am

Obama knows about the birth certificates. George W Bush knows how to lie about WMD’s.

Alphare

January 30th, 2012
11:57 am

Even if Chester can cough up a birth certificate, I don’t believe most UGA fans would believe it’s real.

Just ask Obama.

Chester, your still considering UGA is beyond me.

11BPSGDawg

January 30th, 2012
12:08 pm

Having spent several years in Hawaii and Asia while in the Army, it is a very distinct possibility that this young man was born at home. That practice still goes on routinely in Hawaii. Hence, the difficulty in producing a birth certificate.

Alphare

January 30th, 2012
12:08 pm

Chester,

don’t even think about your birth certificate. Most UGA fans won’t believe in a second it can be real. Then Fox News will prove beyond a thread of doubt it’s 100% fake.

Well, go ahead if you want to go thru what Obama had to go thru.

bitter dawgs fan

January 30th, 2012
12:20 pm

14 MILLION WORK UNDER THE TABLE—————–chester has been to —-HONEST—-

———-HONEST IS THE BEST POLICT????RIGHT

LOVE KIDS THAT tatto there school as a show of support————-the federal government

——————–dont care are certain people stealing all our construction jobs—–why would uga

————————————————–CARE????????????????????????

Alexander Hamilton

January 30th, 2012
12:26 pm

Conservatives… What do they conserve? Resources, values, money? No. They are the hypocrisy party. They walk all over the constitution as well as christain values in an attempt to take our freedom, liberty and individual rights. Conservatives have never balanced the budget and they wpnt start anytime soon. They tell us who we can and cannot love, meanwhile newt is diddlin his secretary while leading an impeachment hearing and craig is getting gay bathroom love in an airport. Good luck to all you conservative geniuses out there, youre gonna need it.

1eyedJack

January 30th, 2012
12:37 pm

My daddy was born on the kitchen table and he had a birth certificate. Doctor rode out the next week and signed one.