Kearsley reports on camp

Brayden Kearsley is the first commit for the 2013 class, and he again made the trip out to BYU for summer camp. While there, he has taken note of some of the top performers and has been able to work out more with Coach Weber.

Brayden Kearsley is a 6-foot-5-inch, 270-pound offensive lineman from Aloha High School in the Portland, Oregon area. He committed to BYU this past Junior Day, but wanted to go back to Provo again simply to work some more with BYU offensive line coach Mark Weber.

"He's the best offensive line coach there is, and he's a big reason why I committed to BYU," Kearsley said. "He doesn't go easy on me now that I'm committed, but it's good, it's real good. He's been working me very hard, and I'm pretty tired, but I can feel myself getting better every time I'm out there."

Like most high school offensive linemen, Kearsley has some work to do with his pass-blocking. Most of the instruction he's been receiving from Weber is concerning that part of his game.

"He's been teaching me to keep my hands inside, how to punch effectively and a bunch of other stuff," he said. "Being here this week is really going to help me for this coming season."

Kearsley is a natural with his run-blocking, showing very good burst off the snap. His burst has been noticed by another coach on BYU's staff.

"Coach Kaufusi came over to me, and was teasing Coach Web [Webber] that he better watch out because he was going to steal me and have me play defensive line for him," he said. "I'm totally committed to Weber though and want to play offensive line."

The instruction Kearsley has been receiving from Weber isn't just about football, however. In between workouts he's received a lot of academic instruction, among other things.

He's currently working out a plan with advisors to graduate from high school early so he can participate in spring practices before his freshman year.

"I think I'll be able to do it," he said. "I've done real well in all my classes, and I plan to take some more AP classes to get me some college credits. I really want to do it because it's a big advantage for me if I can."

Weber has also instructed him on representing BYU as best that he can going forward.

"He stressed to me that I don't only represent my high school anymore, but that I represent BYU and what BYU stands for," he said. "It's something that I'm excited to do and something I'm all for doing. I love BYU, and I've been waiting to have the chance to represent them as a commit."

Kearsley has taken special note of several of those he's gone against during one-on-one blocking drills. He reported that he has only been beat three times through 25 sets so far.

"Two of the guys that beat me jumped early and were offsides, so I don't count those," he said. "The one guy that beat me straight up was an outside linebacker from Servite [Jherremya Leuta-Douyere]. He's a very good player and he was really hard to block."

Kearsley also went up against Sawyer Powell and had some good things to say about him.

"He's smaller, but he's really fast, so I knew each time that he was going to try and beat me with a speed rush," he said. "Because I was ready for it, anticipating what he was going to do, I was able to block him well. He's very good though. He's real fast and very athletic. I hope that BYU offers him."

Kearsley has also taken note of how much time BYU outside linebacker coach Kelly Poppinga has spent coaching Powell.

"I've noticed that coaches spend the most time with those they're the most interested in," he said. "So it's obvious to me that they're very interested in Sawyer. I hope they offer him. He told me that he'll commit the second they offer, so I hope that things work out there."

Kearsley and Powell have become good friends off the practice field as well along with Austin Hoyt, who is camping at BYU this week.

"Austin Hoyt is a great athlete for sure," admired Kearsley. "He hasn't played a lot of offensive line, so he still has a lot to work on, but he's going to be very good. You can just see it with how fast he learns and how well he moves his feet and all that. I can't wait to play with him while at BYU."


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