- Kipp Adams, Reporter, RecruitingNation
With the addition of Trenton Brown (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military College) two weeks ago, the University of Georgia has four offensive line commitments for the 2013 class.
ESPN 300 offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow (Marietta, Ga./Walton), believes that the group, which includes himself, Brown, Aulden Bynum (Valdosta, Ga./Valwood) and Josh Cardiello (Buford, Ga./Buford), and could potentially add Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) and Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond), has a chance for greatness in Athens.
“Georgia has a strong class,” Kublanow said. “I think when all is said and done my class will give Georgia an amazing offensive line.”
One day after Brown’s commitment, Kublanow made a trip to Athens with two teammates who are also coveted by the Bulldogs’ coaching staff: ESPN 150 running back Tyren Jones and 2014 cornerback D.J. Smith. Kublanow had been trying to get Jones, a commitment to Alabama, to visit all summer, and his efforts finally paid off.
“It took me forever to get Tyren Jones to visit Georgia, but I got him up,” Kublanow said. “I will let him tell you the rest because I am not sure how much I am supposed to say.”
Jones, who declined to comment on his trip to Georgia, has been committed to the Crimson Tide for nearly six months. Alabama also has a commitment from ESPN 150 running back Altee Tenpenny (North Little Rock, Ark./North Little Rock), and could be close to adding another ESPN 150 prospect who wants to play running back -- Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee), who decommitted from Georgia in June.
The Bulldogs hope to add at least one tailback in this class. Kublanow, who helped paved the way for Jones to put up a state-leading 2,375 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns last year, made a deal that he would take a trip to Tuscaloosa if Jones accompanied him to Athens. That might -- or might not -- still happen.
“I will go up to Alabama if he asks, but he has not, so I am definitely not going to bother him about it,” Kublanow said.
The four-star interior lineman, known for his aggressive, physical style of play in the trenches, helped Georgia get another target on campus as well.
“Visiting Georgia was a lot of fun,” Kublanow said. “It was D.J. Smith’s first time there, so we got to show him everything. I talked to Coach [Will] Friend, Coach BMac [Bryan McClendon] and pretty much all of the coaches. They said they are excited about having me up there, that they need me, and that they are looking forward to us in the future.”
Kublanow believes the immediate future is brighter than ever for the Bulldogs.
“I am looking forward to seeing Georgia win a national championship and for me, just playing hard my senior season and hopefully winning state,” Kublanow said.
After a summer of offseason workouts, including taking part in The Opening and Dawg Night, Kublanow says he is weighing in at 293 pounds heading into his senior season. He has put up some impressive weight-room numbers recently, including a 460-pound bench press, 580-pound squat, and 340 pounds in the power clean. He will make the transition from guard to tackle this year for AAAAA runner up Walton, who will make the move this fall to the new AAAAAA classification in Georgia.
“I want to work on improving my sets, because it is very different moving to tackle from guard,” Kublanow said. “I also want to keep getting faster and in better shape.”
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