Walton's Kublanow Commits to UGA
The Raiders' big lineman has chosen the Bulldogs over Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State and other top college programs.
Brandon Kublanow has visited many schools over the last few months, and considered quite a few from coast-to-coast.
But Walton High School's four-star lineman has decided to stay very close to home to play college football.
On Wednesday Kublanow announced on his Twitter account that "I am committed to the University of Georgia. go dawgs!!!"
While that's not the same as signing an official scholarship offer -- he can't do that until February 2013 -- Kublanow's announcement should bring to a close one of the hottest pursuits of a player at his position in the nation.
Kublanow, who is 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, visited and/or considered no less than a dozen top college programs, including nearby Georgia Tech and others in the ACC and SEC, as well as LSU, Texas, USC and UCLA.
He is rated as the No. 2 offensive center in the country by Rivals.com and the 9th-best offensive guard by Scout.com, both recruiting websites.
Interestingly, Kublanow has been more of a star on the defensive line for the Raiders, who reached the Georgia Class AAAAA state championhip last season.
College recruiting experts and Georgia fans have been salivating at the news of another strong addition to what's become a strong 2013 haul for Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt.
Kublanow told ajc.com that "Georgia is the best fit for me. The program is headed in the right direction."
He's the second Walton player to cast his lot with an SEC school since the season ended. Tyren Jones, the leading rusher in Georgia, committed to Alabama in February.
They'll both be back as seniors in 2012 for Walton, which is expected to contend for the state title once again.
“Brandon is an absolute beast and one of the most fierce football players I have ever been around," Walton coach Rocky Hidaldgo told ESPN.com.