Oregon sophomore receiving early interest

Brayden Kearsley just completed his sophomore season at Aloha High School in Oregon, earning himself All-State honors. Collegiate programs have taken notice, as he's already receiving attention from some of the top programs in the country and is sure to be one of the top prospects for 2013.

Brayden Kearsley is a 6-foot-5-inch, 267-pound offensive line recruit from Aloha High School, which lies just outside of Portland. Kearsley helped lead his team to the 6A state championship this past season and earned himself Second-Team All-State honors.

He played both offensive tackle and offensive guard last season, and his play has garnered quite a bit of attention from some of the top programs in the country.

"Coaches from Oregon, Oregon State, Boise State and some other schools have been our here to watch me practice and to talk to my coach," said Kearsley. "Coach Poppinga from BYU was just here a few weeks ago, so that was exciting as well. They can't really talk to me yet, but it's great that they're showing so much interest early on."

The interest hasn't just come from local schools, however, as even Michigan State has shown a lot of initial interest. The interest BYU has shown came from a very good summer camp performance in which he was named the offensive line MVP of the entire camp.

"It was my first time going to camp at BYU and it went great," he related. "It didn't take long for them to put me against the juniors and seniors at camp, and I held my own. I don't feel like I got beat by anyone and won all of my one-on-one battles. It was a great experience being there."

Kearsley is LDS and has a lot of family already at BYU or in the Provo area. While attending BYU's camp this past summer he was able to see BYU up close and came away very impressed.

"They have great facilities and I really like the coaching staff there," he said. "I really like Coach Weber and was scared that he wouldn't be back when they released the offensive staff, but it seems like he'll be back now, so that's good. I really like Coach Mendenhall and I have an uncle that roomed with him in college, so they're great friends still."

Kearsley made another unofficial visit to BYU during the winter and has also been to the University of Oregon a few times to take in their awesome facilities. With the Ducks coming off of a national championship game birth, they're high on his list.

"I really like Oregon and like how they just played in the championship game," he said. "They're real close to home and I've always liked them growing up. Their coaches have shown me a lot of interest already, so we'll see how that goes."

Kearsley has yet to make it to any combines, which makes the amount of interest he's received that much more impressive. Following his junior season, he's sure to receive his share of offers and is excited for that.

"For me being so young, it's really great to have coaches show up from some big schools just to find out more about you," he said. "Hopefully they stay interested and it's up to me to make sure that they keep interested. I plan to work even harder this coming offseason and get even better as a player. I still have a lot to work on."

Kearsley lists Oregon, Oregon State, BYU and Michigan State as his four early favorites. In being so young and new to the recruiting process, there is a long way for him to go until he has to make his final decision.

Right now he's just working as hard as he can while sending out his highlights to as many schools as he can.

"Most of the Pac-10 schools I sent my highlights out to responded right away, which is great," he said. "It's early, but I like Oregon for their program being so strong and for their facilities. I like them because they're close to home and I like that about Oregon State too. I like BYU because I have a lot of family there and it's a great environment. I also love the coaches there. Michigan State is a school I definitely want to find out more about because it's great that they've shown so much interest being so far away."

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