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2019 Prospect Spotlight: Brandon Bunkley

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NCAA Football: Georgia at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Now that 2018 is wrapped up, it’s time to start thinking about the prospects who might make up Georgia’s 2019 signing class.

One area where the Bulldogs absolutely cleaned up recently was the offensive line. It could be argued that Sam Pittman’s incoming group was the strongest in the nation, and a large part of that was because of Pittman’s reputation as a teacher and developer of offensive linemen.

We start our spotlight of 2019 recruits with a junior offensive lineman who I could see a coach like Pittman developing into a stellar SEC offensive lineman. Brandon Bunkley is a 6’3, 290 pound guard/tackle out of Columbia High School in Decatur. Bunkley doesn’t have any offers yet, but recently picked up an invite to Nike’s The Opening regional event and also competed at Georgia State’s junior day.

When I caught up with him several schools had been in contact and were looking to evaluate him again this spring. Brandon reports that the schools he’s hearing from the most are “Kentucky, Georgia Tech, and Cincinnati”, though he notes “I received a lot of mail from South Carolina during the season.”

Bunkley hasn’t been hearing from Georgia, but definitely would like to. He notes that he’d also be interested in talking to several ACC schools, including Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia.

Asked to describe his strengths, Brandon doesn’t hesitate.

“I’m physical. I love to block for my quarterback. I’m mean.”

Just as importantly he has a good read on the areas he needs to improve in.

“My footwork and flexibility, definitely.”

Bunkley has been studying to model his game on that of Isaiah Wynn, a guy with similar size coming out of high school, observing correctly “he has some excellent footwork.”

Brandon is a Peach State prospect who I expect to start picking up some offers in the coming weeks. He plays with a nasty streak and likes his reps to end with the other guy on the ground. If he can continue to develop physically and improve his footwork and quickness I expect we could see him on SEC fall Saturdays.