Georgia coaches are apparently leaving no stone unturned when it comes to searching out players who one day could fit into the picture at offensive line.
The Bulldogs are eyeballing players from all corners of the state, including one from Bradwell Institute in Hinesville in 6-foot-5, 340-pound Chester Brown.
A member of the Class of 2012, Brown has been somewhat of a late-comer on the recruiting scene, but after his film began circulating among some of the bigger schools, Brown's name is quickly making the rounds.
Bradwell coach Jim Walsh isn't shy about putting in a good word for the rising senior.
I've had some pretty damn good linemen here, but he's got everything a kid needs," Walsh said Friday. "I'll tell you what I told recruiters, is he a blue-chip kid right now? No. He's still developing. Will he play in the NFL? If I was a betting man I would say yes."
Walsh isn't a novice when it comes to his knowledge of the offensive line.
A four-year letterman on the offensive line for South Carolina (1980, 1982-1984), Walsh coached former Georgia Tech starter Raymond Blake and former Georgia offensive tackle Vince Vance.
Bulldog coaches will get an up close view for themselves when Brown attends Dawg Night on July 15th.
"Raymond was a kid who had a little bit of a height disadvantage. He could lift the gym, but in terms of athleticism Chester is a lot more fluid than Raymond," Walsh said. "He's not quite as strong as Raymond coming out yet, but his strength is definitely improving. We've already been in the weight room for four weeks now and we're still kind of amazed how he's improving with a lot of the lifts in terms of increasing his strength. He's a very coachable kid."
Walsh said Brown is already ahead of Vance at this stage in their respective careers.
"He's definitely a little further along than Vince was. Vince was more of a defensive end for us, where Chester has started for me on the offensive line since he was a freshman," Walsh said. "I think the athleticism is very similar, Chester I would give the advantage in terms of size. Chester is already kind of where his college playing weight is going to be, where Vince had to gain all that weight so quick, which is one of the reasons I think he had some of his knee problems because he was not used to carrying that weight."
Walsh said Georgia coaches are definitely paying close attention.
"I think they have a huge interest in Chester. I'm thinking they are ready to go ahead and offer; they just want to see him. Coach (Tony) Ball has seen him on tape and I'm sure the offensive line coach (Will Friend) has seen him on tape," Walsh said. "But Auburn has shown a lot of interest, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, most of the SEC schools. He's getting a lot of attention from North Carolina State, so yeah he's getting a lot of interest."
To date, Brown's biggest offers are from South Alabama and Georgia State.
Walsh said there's a reason why that's so.
"A lot of these smaller schools have seen him and they know this kid is going to be big time. He's that kind of kid," Walsh said of the 17-year-old Brown. "We've got some other kids they are looking at as well, but they know he's that good and he's not going to be around for them to mess around with."
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