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Triplet Brandon Bunkley has committed to be a preferred walk-on at UGA.

Triplet (and identical twin) Brandon Bunkley rates as a unique PWO for UGA

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This play sheet calls for the typical story everytime an identical twin from a set of triplets commits to UGA. That will be Columbia High senior OL Brandon Bunkley today. 

There is a new standing rule for this space every day. If an identical twin out of a set of triplets commits to play football at UGA, we will commit (henceforth) this blog to write about it.

That’s the way to best tee up the story of 2019 preferred walk-on Brandon Bunkley.

He’s the baby triplet but still known as the “Big Twin” in his family.

Brandon goes about 6-foot-3 inches on the growth chart and will weigh in at about 300 pounds. He played center, guard and tackle for Columbia this fall. He liked the left tackle and the guard spots the best, but will likely compete for good reps in practice at the center spot starting out.

Why Georgia?

“Well, I’ve been a Bulldog fan my whole life and with ‘True19’ and ‘Rising Seniors’ you meet a bunch of guys and make connections with them,” he said. “Some commits like Warren [McClendon] and Travon [Walker] and I’m pretty close with and Jamaree Salyer. So those guys made we want to commit to Georgia.”

“And of course Sam Pittman and Kirby [Smart] and coach [Tray] Scott they were pretty persuading. When I went down there it was just a great atmosphere. I really liked hanging out with the players and getting to see Warren [McClendon] especially already down there.”

The oldest Bunkley twin, Brent, is actually the normal-sized human of the triplets. He plays tennis. Brandon’s twin, Brian, also plays football.

“My identical twin plays football with me,” Brandon Bunkley said. “He’s 6-foot-2 and 200 and I am 300-something.”

Bunkley shared several interesting aspects of his story from a conversation on Sunday night.

  • He is actually good friends with a pack of Bulldogs like Salyer, Justin Shaffer, Netori Johnson and 2019 signees Warren McClendon and Clay Webb
  • Georgia is currently so competitive in recruiting right now for 2019 spots that it is trying to flip preferred walk-ons from other SEC schools. He knows of at least one.
  • He had options from other smaller schools (Fort Scott Community College, Fullerton College, Tennessee State) but said that it felt like the UGA staff (Former offensive line support staffer Cody Kennedy and Pittman after Kennedy left for Tulane) recruited him harder to be a preferred walk-on than those smaller programs chased him to be a big fish in their pond.
  • The Hope Scholarship will aid him as a preferred walk-on at UGA. Bunkley said he carries a 3.7 grade-point average in the classroom. 

A note from Bunkley about 5-star freshman Clay Webb

A lot of our reporting on DawgNation tends to paint the picture that Clay Webb couldn’ve played in any era. Especially one before cell phones and the like. Webb could get down in a leather helmet.

Bunkley said he had some hang time with Webb over the weekend. It turns out the Athens life has still not cracked his uncommon persona.

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Brandon Bunkley will join the team at UGA with the mindset that he will make the Bulldogs want to put him on a full scholarship. (Brandon Bunkley/ Twitter)

“He is pretty much like the player that I am,” Bunkley said in regard to Webb. “He pretty much doesn’t like to party and all that. He’s really just all about football and getting better and I like that mindset. If I’m around that type of person, that is something we can use. The motives he has for being in college and playing football can rub off on me.”

Bunkley will aim to study sports management in college.

“I just want to help the team out,” said Bunkley, who plays to start out at center. “I just want to help the team get another championship. It has been too long. Anyway, I can help the team out. I will move to the D-line. Stay with the O-line. I just want to help the team out.”

He then added another thought.

“I will make an impact at Georgia,” he said very much matter of factly. “Because I’m a pretty straight forward guy. If I want to start, then I am going to start. I like to work. I like the competition. That’s why I chose Georgia. I don’t want to go somewhere where I am the only top ‘Dawg. I want that competition I feel like I can get that every day at Georgia in practice.”

Bunkley said that Pittman pointed out feet and the aggressive manner in which he plays.

“When I was visiting all coach Sam [Pittman] kept asking was if I was in 100 percent,” Bunkley said. “I told him that and he was really excited about that. I feel good about that because he was excited to have him. Even though I was a preferred walk-on, he treated me like I was on scholarship.”

The attitude that Bunkley has carried throughout his prep career will be infectious. He plans to report on June 4.

“I am just going to go in and make Georgia realize they should put me on full scholarship,” Bunkley said.

Other preferred walk-ons commit to play for Georgia

Bunkley wasn’t the only preferred walk-on to choose UGA over the weekend.

“We will get our reps on the scout team for now,” Bunkley said. “But this group of preferred walk-ons I just feel like we are underrated but we are still good. This group of preferred walk-ons is big. Probably one of the biggest group of walk-ons you could see ever.”

He will be joined by at least another two big bodies for the squad. The first of those would be 6-foot-6 Cody Carder from Eagles Landing Christian in McDonough.

Carder hails from a strong program at ELCA. He also lined up at center.

David Vann, a 6-foot-4, 305-pounder from Jesup, committed to UGA back on Jan. 7. He took his official to Athens this past weekend.

The other PWO commit came from Buford High long snapper J.C. Vega. Vega will now be in line to compete for the long snapper job in Athens going forward.

Vega looks like quite the athlete as his profile lists a 4.57 showing in the 40-yard dash.  He was seen as a high 4-star prospect on the position-specific Rubio long snapping rankings for 2019.

What does this mean for his immediate future at UGA?

Nick Moore graduated and is now pursuing his NFL dreams. Most folks might not be aware that former North Gwinnett Bulldog Payne Walker made the 70-man travel squad as a long snapper option with Moore during the 2018 season.

Depth, depth and more depth. That’s what it means now at UGA at every position. Even at long snapper.

Noting a trio of 5-star unofficial visitors from the weekend

We cover all of this stuff with more depth in the DawgNation forum these days, but I wanted to share a few images of some marquee unofficial visits from the 2020 class over the weekend.

— 5-star RB MarShawn Lloyd/DeMatha Catholic/Hyattsville, Md. (Nation’s No. 4 RB)

Lloyd ranks as the nation’s No. 23 overall prospect on the 247Sports composite ratings.

— 5-star RB Zachary Evans/North Shore/Houston, Tex. (Nation’s No. 1 RB)

Evans rates as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect for 2020 on the 247Sports composite ratings.

— 5-star RB Kelee Ringo/Saguaro/Scottsdale, Ariz. (Nation’s No. 2 CB)

Ringo rates as the nation’s No. 10 overall prospect for 2020.

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