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UGA in lead for mammoth Trenton Brown

6/13/2012

The Georgia Bulldogs are looking for help at offensive tackle, and the staff hosted one of the top -- and possibly biggest -- targets on the board Saturday in Trenton Brown (Albany, Ga./Georgia Military College). The 6-foot-8, 350-pound juco lineman was favoring the Gators after a recent trip to Gainesville, but after his visit to Athens he had a new leader.

“Georgia is my top school right now,” Brown said. “They run a family-oriented program and I really like the school. Also, my parents went with me to Georgia, and they asked a lot of questions. They were answered consistently the right way by every staff member.”

One of the top selling points to Brown and his family was also Brown’s favorite part of his time checking out the Georgia campus.

“My parents think the transition from a highly structured school like GMC to a regular university is important, and they feel the academic program in place at Georgia promotes success in the classroom,” Brown said. “My favorite part of my visit was the Rankin Smith building. I like how it is set up for tutoring and group study sessions.”

Another favorite for Brown was the value placed on him by the coaching staff at Georgia.

“Mark Richt is a good family man and what puts them over the top is that he and Will Friend said even if I did not graduate in December they would wait for me,” Brown said. “I think the chances of me making it in December are still good because I only need three more classes to finish up during the season, but it was good to know they wanted me.”

The chance to make an immediate impact is often a big factor with junior college prospects, and Brown feels he has an opportunity to play right away in Athens.

“The playing time situation at Georgia is great,” Brown said. “Coach Friend drew me up a depth chart at left tackle and he said that if Kenarious Gates has the season they expect him to, he might go to the NFL early. I will only have two guys in front of me -- and both of them have been injured a lot -- in Austin Long and Xzavier Ward. If Gates stays and I do well, they said they might move him back to guard. Nothing will be given to me of course but I am ready to work for the chance to start at either tackle spot.”

Brown has known the Bulldogs’ offensive line coach for quite some time now, as Friend was one of the first to show interest in him when Brown was a prospect in high school.

“I like Will Friend and he is a straight-up guy,” Brown said. “He recruited me since ninth grade, when he was at UAB, and he offered me in high school.”

Brown says he has visits planned this summer to Ole Miss and Texas A&M, and he hopes to have his decision by the start or middle of his senior season.