Four-star guard snags UT offer

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With spring practice in the books it is now time for the team to finish out the semester and the coaches to hit the road on the recruiting trail.

Derek Dooley's Tennessee Volunteers staff has been hard at work on the road evaluating and extending offers to players around the country. One player that caught the eye of running backs coach Jay Graham was Brandon Kublanow.

A four-star offensive guard, Kublanow received an offer from the Vols this past Thursday morning.

"They actually came to see me at my school they offer day and told me that I have an offer," Kublanow said. "We hadn't talked a whole lot before this week, but they came down and saw me and gave me the offer."

The No. 8 gaurd in the 2013 class according to Scout.com, Kublanow has already reeled in double-digit offers from powerhouse programs like Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, South Carolina and Tennessee.

"It was pretty exciting to get the Tennessee offer. They are a big-time program."

Brandon Kublanow

"It was pretty exciting to get the Tennessee offer," he told InsideTennessee. "They are a big-time program and it was good to get that offer. Coach Graham, the running backs coach, is my recruiter."

The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder, hasn't whittled down his list yet, but seems set on staying south of the Mason Dixon line.

"I like a lot of the schools in the south that are recruiting me," he said. "I haven't really narrowed it down to top five or anything like that yet."

One thing that works in favor of the Vols, who are entering the race a little late, is the powerful Southeastern Conference.

"Playing in the SEC would be a really big deal to me," said Kublanow. "The SEC is the biggest and the best conference out there. That means a lot to me."

A Marietta, Ga., native, Kublanow reports a 3.2 core GPA and says academics will play a large role in his decision to further his playing career.

"Academics, stability of the program, coaching relationships and the people they are recruiting are the things that are important to me," he said. "Distance really won't be a factor for me in where I chose to play."

The Walton (Ga.) High School product opens spring practice this coming Wednesday.

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons had the following to say about Kublanow:

"Kublanow may not be as big as some of the most coveted offensive linemen today, but he is big enough, and he is definitely tough enough.

"He is an intense lineman that loves to finish his blocks. He plays with an edge, he knows how to lock his hands in on his opponent, and once his hands are locked in, it is over.

"He moves his feet well and he is very strong at the point of attack. He will likely be a guard on the next level."

Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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