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Kublanow in no hurry to pull trigger

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ATLANTA, Ga., -- Not long after junior offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow of Marietta (Ga.) Walton attended Georgia's 45-7 victory over Auburn in mid-November, he called the Bulldogs his leader.
But asked Monday in Atlanta -- where Kublanow is competing in the RisingSeniors.com Georgia Junior Bowl this week --if Georgia was still in front, the 6-foot-3, 280-pounder replied that he had "no leaders." He added that any assumption he was a lock for Georgia was "not accurate."
Has Kublanow cooled on the Bulldogs? Not at all, he said.
He simply wants to take a step back to fully explore all of his options. Right now, he also has offers from Duke, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.
"I would say the Georgia [offer] was special," Kublanow said. "I've always been a fan of them. But I'd say they're all even right now. I really want to make sure I make the right decision. I have to have a life after football."
According to Kublanow , a college pick may not come until next season. What are the most important factors to the center prospect, who has visited Georgia and Georgia Tech multiple times each, when looking for a school?
"Academics … and if they're winning," Kublanow said.
One reason Kublanow is taking his time is that he expects more offers to come, particularly after the impact he made in helping Walton reach the state final earlier this month.
"I'd give myself an A-plus," Kublanow boldly said. "I got a lot better each week. Everything was clicking. It was more natural. I learned more things. And I learned what it will take [to win it all] next year."
Miami is one program showing increased interest that Kublanow thinks could be next to offer.
"They like me a lot," he said. "They're coming up to see me next month."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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