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Georgia Bulldogs Surprisingly Not a Finalist for In-State OT Orlando Brown, Jr

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One of the nation’s top offensive tackle prospects for the class of 2014, Orlando Brown, Jr. (Duluth, Ga. Peachtree Ridge) announced via Twitter his top seven schools this evening and included one surprise team among the early finalists and one surprise team that didn’t make the cut.

Michigan and Ohio State are always in the mix for elite offensive lineman from across the country, but to see them joined in the pursuit of Brown by Iowa was somewhat of a surprise at first glance. Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz has had success ending offensive linemen to the NFL including Robert Gallery and Eric Steinbach and that has to be in the mind of Brown who is looking to follow in his late father and namesake’s footsteps.

Perhaps an even bigger surprise is that Georgia is not in the top seven despite being one of the state’s top prospects. Maybe Mark Richt and his staff worked their way into the conversation later in the process, but for now they are on the outside looking in. Georgia is home to some of the best high school talent in the country and after missing out a lot of that talent last year, Richt may have to ramp up his efforts to get back into the race for the four-star tackle.

Brown was a recent attendee at Alabama‘s junior day in January and could be the leader for Brown at the moment. Brown is similar in stature to that of former Crimson Tide right tackle D.J. Fluker, who declared early for the NFL draft this season, and the 6-foot-8, 345-pound tackle literally would represent a huge addition to any of the seven schools that Brown is high on at the moment, but my early prediction is he stays in SEC country and will be saying “Roll Tide” when he makes his decision.

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