2008 OT Commits to Georgia

DOUGLAS - Georgia added a new member to its Class of 2008 today when Coffee County's B.J. Brand committed to the Bulldogs.

Brand is Georgia's fifth commitment for 2008. The Bulldogs are only weeks away from ending their class for 2007.

"I committed to Georgia Saturday. I talked with Coach Richt on Saturday and told him that I was committed to Georgia," Brand said of picking the Bulldogs.

A 6-4, 308-pound offensive tackle, Brand will help the Bulldogs address needs on the offensive line in the future. Georgia coaches have talked about getting players with bigger bodies for durability reasons on the offensive line, and they have one that appears solid enough to stand the rigors of college football in Brand.

As for picking Georgia, Brand said it was the right place for him.

"It's my home and it's what I wanted to do," he said. "I am very excited about it. Richt was very excited about it."

Richt should be – the Bulldogs were forced to pick up two junior college offensive linemen this season because of attrition and lack of recruiting planning at that spot in the recent past.

Brand picked the Bulldogs over South Carolina, LSU and Miami. The junior said his first trip to Athens, for the Georgia Tech game in November, was the event that cemented his commitment to Georgia.

"I just like Georgia's program and the way they handle things," he said. "I went up there for the Georgia Tech game and that sealed the deal for me."

B.J. Brand


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