Georgia wins pursuit for Walton’s ‘Finisher’
by William Bretherton
wbretherton@mdjonline.com
May 24, 2012 12:33 AM | 2246 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brandon Kublanow
Brandon Kublanow
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Brandon Kublanow has had a penchant for finishing plays off with opposing players losing their heads.

In Walton’s season-opening game with Peachtree Ridge last August at the Corky Kell Classic, the offensive guard finished off a block that ended with a Lions helmet on the ground behind him.

“I guess I just killed it and knocked his helmet off — and I hit his eye in the process,” Kublanow said. “All I know is, after the play, he was out of the game.”

Did the Peachtree Ridge player do anything to upset Kublanow before the play?

“No.”

Is it something that happens often?

“A ton.”

Over his three years at Walton, Kublanow has made a habit of making pancake blocks and finishing off plays — so much so that he has been nicknamed “The Finisher.”

Now, before the finishing act to his high school career, the rising senior has committed to play college football in the fall of 2013, picking Georgia on Wednesday. Kublanow picked the Bulldogs over offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and a slew of other major Division I programs.

Kublanow said he chose Georgia because of the combination of the university’s academic and athletic prowess. He wants to study either accounting or finance and get accepted into Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

“It was definitely part of the decision, and they have a great business school,” said the 6-foot-3, 290 pound Kublanow. “If you want to stay in Georgia, the alumni here are incredible.”

Although Kublanow has one more year left to help Walton try and replicate — or improve upon — its last state runner-up finish of 2010, he wanted to go ahead and make his college decision now.

“It’s not too early anymore,” he said. “Some guys have committed from everywhere. It’s summertime for me, and it just felt right. I don’t mind taking trips. I just knew where I was going.”

Kublanow will be a part of a 2013 recruiting class for Georgia that could have more than 30 signees by the time National Signing Day rolls around next February. He said he was excited to be a part of one the Bulldogs’ largest classes in some time.

“We’re going to have a huge class, but it’s going to be good,” Kublanow said. “We’ve already got a ton of top players in the nation already on board. We think it’s going to be the No. 1 class in the nation when it’s all said and done.”

Kublanow gave Georgia its 17th commitment for 2013. He was the third offensive lineman of the class, but the first recruit from Cobb County.

Kublanow was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, one of several that highlight Georgia’s recruiting class.
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