Brandon Kublanow prepares to trim list
Last summer, Brandon Kublanow (Marietta, Ga./Walton) mentioned the University of Georgia as a dream school, discussing the strong likelihood of playing for the Bulldogs if they were to offer. Although Georgia did offer in October, 10 other programs have, clouding what Kublanow thought might be an easy decision. As he continues to evaluate each program, Georgia took the opportunity to host one of the most dominating interior linemen in the Southeast over the weekend.
Kublanow spent two days in Athens, and the focus of this trip was getting to know what life would be like as an offensive lineman at Georgia.
"My favorite part was just getting to hang out with the guys, and getting to see more of the campus like ECV (East Campus Village)," Kublanow said. "It was a lot of fun and I had a great time. I got to hang out with the guys on the offensive line, Hunter Long, Watts Dantzler, Nathan Theus and David Andrews so that was different. They are all pretty funny.
"I learned from them that it is a great experience, it is something that you will always have, and that there is nothing else like playing at UGA."
For Kublanow, playing for Georgia would mean playing under offensive line coach Will Friend. With a thin depth chart, Friend could have an easy sell on his hands. But Kublanow, known as an aggressive, mauling style of play, says the pitch is unneeded.
"I like Coach Friend a lot and we have a great relationship," Kublanow said. "We watched a lot of film and talked about where I would fit in and just got to hang out. He sees me playing center and as the next Ben Jones. They really only have one true center in David Andrews, but I am not looking for a school that is going to tell me I can start right away, because that is something I can work for by myself and earn by myself."
Kublanow mentioned Florida and Vanderbilt as two programs that have mentioned coming in and playing immediately, and he also has a couple other trips coming up.
"I am going to see UNC next weekend, and possibly Clemson and South Carolina, but I am going to trim it down to a top four or five after that," Kublanow said. "I know my mom really likes some schools, so we will go over things and cut it down."
Whether or not Georgia makes the cut, Kublanow says future trips to Athens are not needed at this point.
"I still really like Georgia and it is a good program that is only going up from here,” Kublanow said. “I do not really need to go back up there because they have answered every question for me."
Other programs trying to sneak in with an offer and make the cut might be out of luck.
"I normally just let Coach (Rocky) Hidalgo deal with schools, because at this point he will tell the schools that it is pretty much just too late," Kublanow said.
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