A few days before national signing day 2012, Georgia entertained many of its top targets for the 2013 class. A team can never start too early in the cutthroat world of recruiting.
One of those top targets is offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow (Marietta, Ga./Walton). The old-school brawler has a load of offers already and is picking up more by the week. His offer from Georgia, though, had the talented lineman checking out Athens for Georgia's Junior Day.
“It was good. It was a lot of fun,” Kublanow said. “I got to talk to the coaches a lot more and see a lot more. On game day everything happened pretty quickly, you have to get to the stadium pretty quickly. But we had a lot more time.”
The 6-foot-2, 265-pound lineman spent the extra time being wooed by the Georgia coaches.
“I talked to coach Will Friend and Coach [Mike] Bobo and I met with Coach [Mark] Richt, too. We talked about what I would play, how they wanted me and how I would fit in there,” Kublanow said. “They tell me they want me pretty bad. After losing Chester Brown and losing linemen this year, they really need someone to come and step in.”
Georgia's needs aside, where the Bulldogs would use the versatile blocker is not so clear.
“They are not sure but they think I can play either center or guard,” Kublanow said. “I don’t really care -- whichever one will allow me to play quicker.”
Coach Richt might not have stressed position, but he did emphasize how the Bulldogs needed Kublanow.
"Richt talked to me about life and other stuff that was going on, how they want me and stuff like that,” Kublanow said. “Yeah I think they helped themselves. I would give it an A.”
Richt and his staff have a lot of company on the recruiting trail for Kublanow.
“In the last two weeks, Coach [Nick] Saban, Coach [Kirby] Smart, Coach [Paul] Johnson, Coach [Mike] Gundy, Coach [Derek] Dooley, Coach Richt, Coach [Bryan] McClendon and Coach Friend came by the school,” Kublanow told DawgNation on Saturday. “Coach Friend actually came twice, once last week and he came this week again.”
And it didn’t end there.
“We had Virginia, South Carolina, Michigan State, Boston College, UNC -- all the big guys came by,” Kublanow said. “I got offers from Boston College, Clemson, Virginia and Maryland.”
Walton played for the state championship this past season, making it to the final game before losing to Grayson High School. The Raiders' success was due in large part to Kublanow’s blocking for his teammate, Tyren Jones (Marietta, Ga./Walton), who was also in town for the Junior Day. Jones rushed for more yards than any other running back in the state of Georgia last season, and he, too, has a Georgia offer. The Bulldogs would love to see the two continue their careers in Athens.
“They spent a lot of time with the both of us,” Kublanow said. “Tyren and I were almost always together, except for when we were in with Richt. They drove us everywhere. We didn’t take the buses and stuff, Coach Bobo drove us.”
Maybe the VIP treatment will help the Bulldogs a year from now, when they are staring at signing day 2013.