When Trenton Brown (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military College) committed to the University of Georgia in early August, the Bulldogs added a mammoth offensive lineman out of the junior college ranks. The 6-foot-8, 350-pound juco was thought to provide much-needed depth at the offensive tackle position. Or so he thought. Come to find out, a five-star prospect had heard otherwise.
“Florida asked Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) what Georgia told him about me, and Laremy told them I might be playing guard,” Brown said. “The Florida coaches told my coaches, and that is how I found out.”
Brown got in touch with Bulldogs’ offensive line coach Will Friend briefly to inquire about where he fit in on their roster, and was told that the best five would play on the field. That answer did not satisfy Brown’s concerns.
“Georgia has kind of played both sides of the fence with me and Laremy Tunsil,” Brown said. “I am not really feeling that situation, so I am decommitting. My coaches said I basically decommitted by going on my visit to Florida, but I have not spoken to Georgia yet.”
If Georgia intends to get on the same page with the towering juco lineman, the coaches will likely need to discuss things at length on campus.
“I have not been able to talk to them, but I will probably take a visit there at the end of the season for their games against Georgia Tech and get things hashed out,” Brown said. “You know, get down to the nitty gritty and find out everything. I am not trying to play guard, so they will have to convince me they will play me at tackle.”
Moments after stating he had reopened his recruitment, Brown decided to pull the reins back a little.
“I would not officially call myself a decommitment,” Brown said. “I would just say I am not as solid as I was. It is a crazy situation, but you got to do what you got to do.”
So, while Brown says he is a soft commitment to the Bulldogs, another program is in the driver’s seat at the moment.
“I like Florida, they are right there at the top and they are the leader,” Brown said. “I will make my final decision after the season.”
Last weekend, Brown was in Gainesville to check out the Gators. Florida signed the No. 1 offensive tackle in the 2012 class in D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek), but at the moment are in third for the No. 1 offensive tackle in the 2013 class, Tunsil. Tunsil stated to reporters after his game on Thursday that Alabama and Georgia are on top, and that he has the best relationship with the staff in Athens. Brown, however, sees a chance to come in and contribute right away at Florida.
“What stands out about Florida is an opportunity,” Brown said. “I have a chance to come in and play next year right away at either tackle position. The starting left tackle Xavier Nixon is leaving this year, then they have a freshman in D.J. Humphries. At right tackle they have a player right now starting that is leaving, and the other dude behind him is really a guard playing tackle. They will be one-deep at each tackle spot, so I can come in the spring and compete for a job.”
While on campus at Florida, Brown was able to spend some time with the players, specifically the ones who took a similar paththrough the juco ranks.
“They were telling me that when they were being recruited by Will Muschamp, that they were not promised any playing time or special privileges,” Brown said. “They were just promised the opportunity to come in and work toward playing time.”
Brown said he will take an official to Arizona on Oct. 27 for the USC game during his team’s bye week, and he will graduate in December.