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UGA loses OL commit Chester Brown

1/24/2012

Three-star offensive lineman Chester Brown (Hinesville, Ga./Bradwell Institute) will not be joining Georgia’s 2012 signing class.

“I decommitted from UGA,” Brown told DawgNation moments ago. “It was not due to anything bad, and we were not on bad terms. We have never been on bad terms. It was all because of love. It was due to family issues and personal reasons. I still have a lot of love for the UGA family. But there were personal reasons my family was going through that I was trying to deal with. It just came down to the decision of me decommitting from Georgia. When I talked to Coach [Mark] Richt and Coach [Tony] Ball, my recruiter, they were OK with everything, considering the situation that I am going through.”

Brown’s decommitment from Georgia could be the most shocking news of the season so far. He has been a tireless promoter of the Bulldogs and a vocal recruiter among Georgia’s remaining uncommitted targets. He even has a tattoo of the date he committed to Georgia on his left forearm. Brown did not want to discuss the family issues or personal reason that led to his decision. He still plans to play college football.

“Now I am going to check out other colleges,” Brown said. “Miami, UCF, Tulane, TCU, Syracuse and hopefully Southern Cal are looking at me, so I am going to take my visits and explore my options.”

Brown didn’t rule out the possibility of one day suiting up for Georgia.

“I promised UGA that if everything works out like I am hoping and praying, that after a year at whatever college I go to, hopefully I will be able to transfer,” Brown said. “I'm not really sure about that plan, but if everything works out I can do that. I still have love for the Bulldog Nation.”

He added that he wants fans to understand that his decision had nothing to do with any dissatisfaction with the Bulldogs.

“This had nothing to do with Georgia,” Brown said. “It wasn’t me hating them or them hating me. It was just something that happened in my family -- it was personal. When I told [the coaches] about it and I said I felt like I should decommit from Georgia, they said the decision that I made was the right decision and we should just move on. Coach Richt and Coach Ball were very happy with my decision, not because I decommitted, but because I was doing something that was right for my family.”

Brown obviously struggled with his decision before informing the coaches.

“Everyone says they never thought I would decommit from Georgia. It was a tough decision. The coaches said, ‘We know how you are with your family, you are really a family-type person.’ So when I told them everything, they said, ‘That is the right decision for you.’ ”