July 17, 2011

Brown on the verge?

Chester Brown admits he didn't quite know what was going on when the Georgia coaches all gathered around to talk to him following Friday's Dawg Night festivities.

He soon found out.

"Oh man, the experience was pretty unbelievable," Brown said Sunday. "They had talked to me and my uncle in private, then they all gathered around and (offensive line coach Will Friend) said 'we'd like to offer you a scholarship.'"

Brown laughed that at first he wasn't sure what was going on after Friend was through.

"He (Friend) said do you know what that means?" Brown recalled. "He said we're offering you a scholarship to play football for Georgia. I was like 'Oh, man. Unbelievable."

He is expected to give Georgia an answer soon.

"I'm 95.99 percent (going to commit to Georgia)," the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder from Bradwell Institute in Hinesville said Sunday.

"I still don't believe it," Brown said of his offer. "I thought I was dreaming. My uncle says I'm going to commit, so I'm going back (to Hinesville) and talk to my parents. They'll say the same thing."

Brown plans on speaking to his parents - both native Samoans - either Monday or Tuesday.

"This is what my parents, my uncle, my family have waited for," said Brown. "The first thing I did was thank God. For them to offer me a full ride - I could not believe it. I was shocked. I broke down in tears when they told me."

Even before Georgia's offer, Brown's life has been an interesting journey.

Born in Samoa, where his father was a professional boxer, the family initially found their way to California where the family lived until moving to Hinesville searching for a more family-oriented lifestyle.

"My parents wanted to get away from the life in California; they wanted to get away from that life," Brown said. "It was a bad life in California. We had family in Hinesville so we decided to move there." "I like it. I think Georgia alone is a great place to raise a family," he said. "In California, there are a lot of gangs you have to worry about. Here, you don't have to worry about things like that. You're able to enjoy life with the rest of your family."

As for football, Brown only began playing the sport his freshman year at Bradwell and only began getting comfortable with the sport his junior year.

Brown said that's one of the reasons he's managed to fly somewhat under the recruiting radar of many schools.

Friday's Dawg Night was the first camp he ever attended.

"Most of the players here have been coming to camps like this since their sophomore and junior years," said Brown, whose other two offers are from Georgia State and South Alabama. "This is my senior year and I'm just starting to be recruited and looked at. It's a big change."

Considering it was his first camp going against highly-regarded recruits, Brown believes he handled himself well.

"I think when the coaches first saw me, they just saw me as a big dude but when I started to run, they said I didn't look like I weighed 333, more like 250," said Brown, who worked extensively at right guard. "They said I had pretty quick feet which is what I was aiming for."

While at Georgia, Brown struck up a friendship with five-star prospect John Theus.

"Me and John talked a lot and on the way to the field (at Sanford Stadium) he told me not tell anybody, but he told me and my uncle that he was going to commit to Georgia," Brown said. "I told him I hope I get an offer, because I pretty much want to come to Georgia, too. I told him if I get an offer, maybe we can room together."

Brown laughed that his first impression of Theus wasn't so great.

"When he first came down he looked like a mean guy and he said I looked mean," Brown laughed. "But after we talked we became pretty good friends."

Based on the way Brown described his experience in Athens, there's a good chance that friendship will continue to grow as teammates in 2012.

"I have no words to describe it. The program is nice. The coaches were just what I was looking for, and the way they talked to me I could tell they know what they are doing," Brown said. "They put God first in everything; I felt like I was at home. God is a big thing in my life so to come here and see that they see it the same way, I feel I'm a perfect fit. I think I fit perfect in the Georgia program."

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