Brandon Kublanow offered by Vanderbilt
"Last night Coach Franklin called me with the offer," said Brandon Kublanow. "They're doing pretty good this year. I know a couple of guys very well who are up there now, Kyle Woestmann and Grant Ramsay. They're both from Marietta, and we trained together and became really close. They taught me a lot. I'm looking forward to going up there next week when they play UGA."
Woestmann played with Kublanow at Walton, while Ramsey played at nearby Pope. Both players are now redshirt freshmen with the Commodores. They could potentially serve to assist Franklin and his staff in luring Kublanow to Nashville, but he has plenty of suitors.
"So far this fall I've been to games at N.C. State, UGA, Georgia Tech, and Tennessee," said Kublanow. "I'm planning on going back to UGA for the Auburn game, make a trip to Florida, and probably go back to (Georgia) Tech." Kublanow attended camps this summer at Wake Forest, Duke, Vanderbilt, and Georgia. His first offer came from Georgia Tech, then UGA and Duke followed and Vanderbilt.
"I'm probably going to wait until at least the end of summer before making a decision," said Kublanow. "Academics is the most important factor for me. So far I'm undecided on what I want to study, but I want to go to a school with a good academic reputation. I'm also going to look closely at the coaching staff, how they work together, what kind of players they've recruited to the program, and what they're doing offensively. I prefer to be in more of a run-oriented offense than a spread."
Running is something they do a lot of at Walton. Junior running back Tyren Jones, who also holds a Vanderbilt offer, just went past 1,000 yards on the season in six games. The Raiders are 6-0 in Region 5- AAAAA to start the season.
"We don't do a lot of fancy stuff," said Kublanow. "We line up and run the ball. I can definitely tell I'm an improved run blocker this year. I'm getting my footwork correct and getting after it. The goal for this team is to win state. I'd like to make All-State, even All-American if they have that. The main thing is to help the team in any way I can."
Kublanow reports a 3.1 GPA. This is his second year as a starting guard on the Raider offensive line. The coaches rotate him on occasion at defensive tackle where he's made eight tackles this season. He wears No. 79. After a bye week this weekend, the Raiders will take on Cherokee High School in Canton, Ga.
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