One of the more dominate blockers in the 2013 class is Brandon Kublanow (Marietta, Ga./Walton) , a 6-foot-2, 285-pound interior offensive lineman who takes great pride in winning the battle in the trenches. Nicknamed “Bull” by classmates at Walton, Kublanow takes great pride in living up to the moniker by tormenting whoever lines up in front of him.
“Every snap I am just trying to kill the kid and just help my team out,” Kublanow said. “Every single kid on Walton is trying to kill someone, which is what I think makes our team really special.”
A powerful blocker who trains with NFL veterans Wayne Gandy and Eric Young in the offseason, Kublanow emerged early in the summer after he impressed coaching staffs during the camp circuit. He was even asked to tone down his physical style of play at Wake Forest’s prospect camp because the staff was worried he might hurt someone. Four schools -- Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt -- have offered Kublanow so far, and several others in the southeast are interested. The Marietta native feels his "play until the whistle blows" approach is what has college programs after his services.
“I think college coaches like my mentality,” Kublanow said. “They like how I get after it and finish blocks.”
The feisty blocker was in Athens for wins over Mississippi State and Auburn and has been impressed with how the SEC East champions have raised the level of their play this season.
"Georgia went out there and just took care of business," Kublanow. "They imposed their will on Auburn and I really like that about them."
Georgia's Ben Jones will graduate this year, and although Kublanow plays guard in high school, he has the ability to play center as well. The Bulldogs are at the top of his list right now, but the Commodores are also under consideration.
“I really like Georgia,” Kublanow said. “I love the tradition, the coaches and the atmosphere. It is all about football up there. I also like Vanderbilt. I like the coaches up there, and I can tell they are turning it around.”
At the moment, Kublanow, who will lead his 13-0 Raiders into the fourth round of the playoffs against Lassiter this Friday, is set to make a decision next month.
“I am still keeping all my doors open at this point,” Kublanow said. “I want to fit in at the school, find a good fit academically, and a program my mom approves of.”
Kublanow is set to take part in the Rising Seniors Junior Bowl on Dec. 30 at Grady Stadium in Atlanta.