Kearsley anticipating BYU offer

Brayden Kearsley, a 2013 offensive lineman recruit, has been recruited quite heavily by the Cougar coaching staff. He's already shown well at BYU camps and on film, but like many recruits, the BYU staff wants to see him perform live at least one more time before extending a scholarship offer.

Brayden Kearsley is a 6-foot-5-inch, 277-pound offensive lineman recruit from Aloha High School in Portland, Oregon. Following his sophomore season, he's received a lot of interest from the BYU football staff.

BYU assistant coach Kelly Poppinga has made a few visits to Kearsley's school, as has Coach Mark Weber, after the completion of his sophomore season. Heading into his sophomore season, Kearsley caught the interest of the staff at BYU's summer camp.

"I think I did really well there at camp, and they've been in contact ever since then," he said. "Now, I get calls and emails from Coach Webb [Weber] at least once a week, and it's great because I have a lot of interest in BYU. They're my top school right now for sure."

Kearsley is LDS, and has seen a lot of early interest from such schools as Michigan State, Oregon, Oregon State, and most other PAC-12 programs. All indications point to him accepting a BYU offer if it comes his way, however.

"I love BYU," he said. "I have a great relationship with Coach Webber. He tells me that I'm their number one offensive line prospect for 2013, and that I remind him a lot of Braden Hansen, which is a huge compliment because Braden Hansen is a complete beast."

Coaches have made indications to Kearsley that an offer is likely on its way.

"Coach Poppinga told me that they're likely to offer [after] their summer camp later this month," he said. "I'm hoping that happens, because I really like BYU, and would be likely to commit if they offered."

That offer may come earlier than previously anticipated, however. Kearsley has a meeting set up with head coach Bronco Mendenhall following Friday's Junior Day. Not many recruits have the opportunity to meet with Mendenhall in his office without receiving a scholarship offer soon thereafter.

"I'm obviously hoping that I get offered," Kearsley said. "That would be a dream come true for me. If they don't offer on Friday, then that's fine. I just want to keep in good contact with them, and I know the best will come because of that. I just want to keep improving on my play, and continue to show them and other schools that I can play at the college level. I just have to stay patient."


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