Brown Commits; Takes Burden off Family

Chester Brown thought about what he was going to say to his family on the drive from Augusta.

See, Chester Brown hadn't been home since he visited Georgia and got a scholarship offer at Dawg Night, and the Bradwell Institute offensive lineman had been carrying good news for a few days.

Brown, who had been working at his uncle's ministry outreach, finally got the chance to tell his family about his future on Tuesday night.

"I talked with my family and I have committed to play for Georgia," Brown said Wednesday - concluding the inevitable since he was offered a scholarship by Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend.

The commitment is the Bulldogs' sixth since the conclusion of Dawg Night. John Theus, Brice Ramsey, Derrick Henry, Tramel Terry and Stanley Williams also committed to Georgia coach Mark Richt.

Brown arrived home in Hinesville to a house that cheered him when he walked through the door.

"Ohhh, there he is!" his brothers Robert and Lama, two members of his large family of Samoan descent, yelled when Chester arrived.

If Brown follows through with his commitment and signs in February, he'd be the first Samoan to play for the Bulldogs, according to athletic association records.

"The whole time I was thinking about my family and seeing them," Brown, 6-foot-5, 323-pounds, said. "It felt like I was going out to war, and they were so happy because it feels like I have not seen them in a year. It got emotional."

The group waited as the 2012 prospect contacted Tony Ball first and then Mark Richt to tell him of his commitment to play for Georgia.

The call capped a wild ride for the undiscovered offensive lineman who didn't know what to expect when he got to Georgia on Friday. Most campers were going to Athens to earn scholarships offers, but Brown didn't know what he was getting into - let alone the significance the evening would eventually have. As it turned out, Dawg Night was the first football camp he'd ever been to – and it took some getting used to for him.

Georgia's two 2012 OL commits - John Theus and Chester Brown

"I thought when the actual camp came around that things would go light, but it was the kind of camp I like," he said of Dawg Night. "I like competition. I thought it was great. I had fun, and it was amazing."

The experience of Dawg Night was not lost on Brown, who said his family can't afford to send him to college.

"I broke down into tears," he said of the offer to play football in college in lieu of paying for an education. "Coming from my family – it is hard. We've had hard times. It was going to be hard for us to pay for college, so I felt like this a big burden taken off of my family."

Brown's parents, Ifo and Siliga, moved from California when he was younger to get to a safer, slower-paced lifestyle.

"We didn't know what it would be like," he said. "But our family that was already here told us about Hinesville, and we like it a lot."

The move to Georgia eventually made Brown curious about the Bulldogs. He wondered why so many people in Hinesville supported them. His visit to Athens gave him tremendous insight into what it was like to play for Georgia.

"I wanted to know what it is about Georgia that makes people in Hinesville love it, and what you see on TV is what you get at Georgia… and then some," he said.

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