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Ex-Westover star Brown ready to continue career in Gainesville

Former Westover star offensive lineman Trent Brown, center, is joined by friends and family Wednesday as he signs with the University of Florida after two standout seasons at Georgia Military College. (Photo courtesy of Trent Brown)

Former Westover star offensive lineman Trent Brown, center, is joined by friends and family Wednesday as he signs with the University of Florida after two standout seasons at Georgia Military College. (Photo courtesy of Trent Brown)

ALBANY — Former Westover star Trent Brown said he valued honesty more than anything else when the star offensive lineman officially committed to Florida this week.

And in the end, the University of Georgia just didn’t make the cut.

“I was hearing that (Georgia) was telling another recruit that I would be moved from tackle to guard,” Brown told The Herald on Thursday, one day after officially signing his national letter-of-intent to play for the University of Florida.

So Brown, a 6-foot-9, 370-pound lineman who has starred at Georgia Military College the past two seasons, rescinded a commitment to Georgia that he had made back in February and decided to take his talents to Gainesville, Fla.

“It was between Florida, Oklahoma and Florida State, and I chose Florida because they showed me the most love throughout the process as far as being truthful and upfront about everything,” Brown said.

Brown says he hasn’t heard from UGA since de-committing.

Brown, who allowed just one sack in two seasons at GMC and was among the top JUCO prospects in the nation, said he will be given an opportunity to start as an offensive tackle in the upcoming season and will be eligible to participate in spring practices after enrolling in January.

“I’m excited to help Florida get back to where they used to be,” said Brown, an Albany Herald Dynamite Dozen selection his junior and senior years at Westover. “I took care of business throughout my whole stay in junior college, and I think I can help out Florida immediately.”

Brown, who will major in sociology, graded out at 98 percent his sophomore year at Georgia Military College and was named a second-team All-American.