Peach State OL Looking Around

One of the top offensive line prospects in the Peach State's class of 2008 committed to the home state Georgia Bulldogs back in January, but after recently opening up his recruitment, Coach Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks have made a move for the elite lineman's services. Read inside for all the details.

Coffee County (Douglas, GA) 3-star offensive lineman B.J. Brand is rated by as the #28 offensive guard in America this recruiting year, and after pledging his commitment to Georgia back in January, the 6'3", 324 pound trench warrior has decided to open up his recruitment and take a closer look at two other SEC programs that are pursuing him.

"I'm still interested in Georgia, but then I've got South Carolina and Florida that I'm looking at right now," said Brand. "I‘m just looking around and evaluating my options."

While Brand is still interested in the Bulldogs, a recent camp experience at South Carolina has opened his eyes about the possibility of playing in Columbia and vaulted the Gamecocks near the top of his list.

"I went to their camp about two weeks ago. I liked it a lot. I really like their coaches, and there's just a lot of stuff I like about them. They showed me around. I liked the facilities and everything. I talked with Coach Steve Spurrier, and he was telling me that they‘d really love to have me. He was telling me about how many games he‘s won, and he asked me if I could see myself playing for him. I told him, ‘Yes.‘"

Without an official offer on the table from the Gators, Brand admitted that Georgia and South Carolina are recruiting him the hardest, but he is still interested in what the defending national champions have to offer should an offer come his way.

"I talk a little bit with Coach (John) Hevesy. I've been down there to a game, and I liked it. I haven't really walked around the campus or anything though."

As for what stands out about the Bulldogs, Brand said that he has a strong comfort level with the Georgia coaches, and he likes the quality of product that they put on the field.

"I like their coaches. I went down there to a game, and I just liked the way they play. Everybody was focused and stuff. That's what I like."

Brand, who is being recruited by Coach John Hunt for the Gamecocks, said that he hopes to settle on a final decision by the end of the summer.

"I haven't really thought about it, but I'm going to try to do it before our football season starts. I‘m mainly going to look at education (as a deciding factor)."

On top of the aforementioned schools, Brand also holds offers from major programs like Auburn, LSU, Florida State, Maryland and N.C. State. Considered as one of the top offensive line prospects in the southeast this year, Brand took the time to share what strengths he brings to the football field.

"I'm more of a run blocker. I just like to hit people. That's the way I am. That's why I play football because I just like to be physical."

Stay tuned to for all the latest on this top Peach State lineman.

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