February 2, 2013

Kublanow say he's 'shocked'

Count Georgia commitment Brandon Kublanow among those who remain a bit mystified by the notion that five-star offensive tackle and good friend Laremy Tunsil has settled on Ole Miss.

"I was really shocked. Me and him have a pretty good relationship and I've pretty much talked with him a ton this past couple of months and he seemed locked into coming here (UGA)," Kublanow said Saturday. "We seemed like we were way in the lead and he was coming and then I woke up Friday and got a text that Laremy has shut it down and is headed to Ole Miss."

Along with early enrollee Tray Matthews, among others, Kublanow and Tunsil became fast friends when the two met for the first time during late spring when they both came to Athens for the annual Mark Richt Camp.

Later, the two became teammates in San Antonio, Tex. for the U.S. Army All-American game and over the past several months have stayed in constant contact with one another.

That's one of the things Kublanow says makes the situation so strange regarding what he hears about Tunsil, whose first trip to Oxford took place during last week's official visit. Tunsil is set to announce his decision on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. on ESPNU.

"It was pretty shocking, I'm pretty (ticked). I'm trying to get in contact with him, but he's shut everything down," Kublanow said. "I guess we'll just have to see what happens on Signing Day."

Kublanow said the two last spoke on Tuesday.

At that time, the news was good for Bulldog fans.

"I talked to him on Tuesday of this week and he said he was still coming (to UGA)," Kublanow said. "So I guess after the in-home visit with Coach (Hugh) Freeze … You never know. It might be something behind it, you never know. He might still end up signing with UGA on Signing Day. We'll see."

As for Kublanow, he's just glad there was never any drama involved with his decision and the four-star offensive lineman will sign with the Bulldog at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

He holds out hope that Tunsil will join him, too.

"It's a great opportunity here at UGA," he said. "But right now I've got no idea."