SAN ANTONIO, Tex. - With 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-6 players everywhere in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American game (Saturday, 1 p.m. EST on NBC), Walton offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow stands out and not because he is the biggest guy there.
As a matter of fact, at 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, Kublanow is, at times, appears dwarfed by those tall linemen that play on his left or right, but the Marietta native is finding other ways to stand out.
Kublanow has been one of the strongest and most aggressive offensive linemen in practice this week, and despite drawing positive reviews in his ability to win one-on-one matchups, he believes he is only getting started.
"I think I'm doing pretty good. I'm starting as of now so, I've just been getting after it and doing my best," said Kublanow. "We are getting better every day. It is definitely tough to have the chemistry right away, but we are getting there. The defensive line is great. (Kenny) Bigelow is a beast and the defensive ends are incredible."
As one of the top offensive linemen on Georgia's board, Kublanow committed to the Bulldogs this summer.
On Tuesday, his future team put the finishing touches on a 12-2 season, and Kublanow, who followed the team closely throughout the season, says that he enjoyed every minute of it.
"It was definitely a lot of fun," he said. "I'm glad I'm a part of the UGA family, and I know they were excited to win the bowl game. They fell short of the championship and their goal, but we will get there."
The current trend in recruiting is for a prospect to find a school where he can play early, and commit to that team.
Georgia will lost at least two three year starters at the end of the 2013 season at guard, and the four-star lineman will likely have an opportunity to be a multi-year starter in Athens as well.
Kublanow, however, decided to join Georgia's 2013 class for other reasons.
"Not really," said Kublanow when he asked if an appealing depth chart factored in his decision to commit to Georgia and never waver. "I just want to go out and compete and try to win a starting spot. I wanted to be at Georgia and be Bulldog, really."
One thing that really impressed the Rivals250 prospect was how his future position mates on the offensive line progressed as the year went on and how they paved the way for running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to have incredible freshmen campaigns.
"They definitely got better as the year went along," he said. "They got a lot better. I'm definitely looking to blocking for those guys. They are beasts and I really can't wait."
As Kublanow plans to enroll at Georgia in June, he has identified some things to work on and his readiness to get to the Classic City is driving him to make as many improvements as possible before he arrives.
"I need to improve on my footwork and learning to play guard more with the ability to swing over and play center. You can tell the speed of the game will be faster, so I'll have to adjust to that," said Kublanow. "I'm so ready (to get to Athens). I'm training six hours a day, five days a week to get ready for this so I am excited about it."
One of the Bulldogs biggest remaining needs is on the defensive line and Kublanow, who played some defensive line for Walton in his senior season, says that in a pinch, he might be the guy to turn to for the Georgia defense.
"If necessary, I could," said Kublanow with a smile. "I'd probably be a one-star prospect at defensive tackle."
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