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Friday, January 25, 2013
Dawgs Snapshot 2013: Brandon Kublanow

By Radi Nabulsi

To gear up for 2013 national signing day, DawgNation's Radi Nabulsi is breaking down every commitment in the Bulldogs' 2013 recruiting class.

Vitals: Center Brandon Kublanow, Marietta, Ga./Walton | 6-foot-3, 289 pounds

Committed: May 23, 2012 grade: 83. Four-star prospect. rankings: No. 145 in the ESPN 150, No. 2 center, No. 69 in Southeast region, No. 15 in Georgia

Picked Georgia over: Florida, Florida State, LSU, USC and others.

State of the position: True freshman John Theus grabbed the right tackle position early in fall camp and started every game there. Junior Kenarious Gates started all but two games at left tackle, with junior Mark Beard filling in there when Gates started at left guard due to the injury to Chris Burnette. All three will fight for the tackle spots next year with Austin Long, Watts Dantzler, Xzavier Ward and Watts DeBell pushing for playing time as well.

Pros: “Kublanow is a tough, strong run blocker with the ability to dominate opponents. He comes off the ball aggressively with the initial quickness needed to gain and sustain an immediate advantage. He displays the explosion and playing strength to knock defenders off the ball when drive blocking and can roll the hips on contact, putting defenders back on their heels. He possesses the physical tools needed to make all the run blocks at the next level. His long arms and nimble feet should be assets in pass protection. He also demonstrates the athleticism needed to recover and get out of trouble in space. Kublanow is a tough customer with the nasty finishing attitude we look for when evaluating offensive linemen.” -- ESPN scouting report

Cons: “He displays the upper body playing strength to shock rushers with his initial punch, but will need to clean up his location and extension. He will need development, but could fit nicely if moved to center. A redshirt year would be very beneficial, especially if he makes transition to center, but Kublanow could provide depth as a swing guard or center at the BCS level of play if needed early on.” -- ESPN scouting report

Similar to/potential role: Dan Inman. Bear with me here, as I realize Inman is a graduate assistant and no longer an active player. But Kublanow is just as vicious and nasty as Inman was in his day. Inman once broke Washington Redskins player Kedric Golston’s shoulder blade in practice, and I wouldn’t put it past Kublanow to do the same. He doesn’t just block; he tries to annihilate.

Expected impact: 2013. The offensive line depth is as good as the Bulldogs have seen in a long time so Georgia could easily have Kublanow redshirt next season. But I don’t think that will be the case as the coaches are going to have him play guard and he may be too mean to keep off the field.