BYU interested in 2013 California lineman

BYU offensive line coach Mark Weber is combing Southern California for top future prospects that will fit the BYU mold. He may have found one for the 2013 class out in West Torrance High School.

It's still early and the evaluation process is still out, but the BYU coaching staff has identified what could be a talented junior-to-be offensive line prospect for the 2013 class. His name is Tommy Oslund.

"BYU is a really great college and it would be an honor to play there," said Oslund, who is LDS. "Not only to play there, but to go to school there and be a part of the social environment that's found on that campus.

"There is some interest from BYU in me. Coach Weber of BYU called my head coach a few months ago, and he just asked about how my grades are and about my character, just basic stuff like that."

The 6-foot-2-inch, 265-pound left tackle and guard wasn't able to make it out to Provo this past summer for BYU's summer camp, but he does plan on visiting the campus in the future.

"I'm planning a trip to BYU in October, so hopefully I'll be able to meet up with Coach Weber then," Oslund said.

Oslund has, however, been out to BYU in the past. His older brother Mark is currently on scholarship playing baseball for Coach Vance Law.

"[Mark] has a scholarship as a pitcher there but is currently on a mission in Raleigh, North Carolina, so we used to visit BYU a lot more," said Oslund. "He comes back in a few days so we plan on heading out to BYU, so I hope to be able to talk to the coaches when we go out there in October."

One camp the Southern California lineman was selected to attend was the NUC (National Underclassman Combine), which is a national top prospect camp that was held this year at the campus of Oklahoma University.

"It was just unbelievable," Oslund said. "There were a series of camps that build you up to the top prospects' camp. When I made it to the NUC, there was just some unbelievable competition at that camp, and I don't think there was any better competition that I could find anywhere else."

Oslund brushed aside the competition and was one underclassmen selected to participate among the best in attendance.

"I was very pleased with my performance in how I did in the one-on-one drills," he said. "I was very happy with my performance and what I was able to do against some top competition and show them what California football is all about for the headliner."

According to Oslund, most prospects that attend the NUC go on to play at the highest level of college football.

"There are statistics that show that 80 percent of the top prospects have received D-I scholarships," said Oslund. "There were a series of camps in L.A. – that had around 250 prospects from all over – that were held prior to the National Underclassman Camp. Even those camps had some really good competition leading up to the headliner camp."

In Oklahoma, Oslund – then a member of the sophomore class – held his own against older linemen.

"I went up against senior defensive linemen and a couple juniors, so I competed against defensive linemen from different age groups," Oslund said. "I was very happy with my performance. I was named the MVP runner up for my class in the camp. I sort of shocked myself in Oklahoma and did really great. I hope my performance puts me up on the list of coaches list for 2013 to get a scholarship somewhere."

It appears the recruiting process with Oslund has just begun, but the buzz surrounding the West Torrance prospect is beginning to grow.

"I've been leaving a couple messages on Coach Weber's phone, and Coach Weber has been leaving messages on my coach's phone," Oslund said. "We'll see how it goes when we're able to talk to each other in October. I'm hoping to have a great junior year this year and we'll see how it goes.

"I would love to earn a BYU scholarship, it would mean the world. I would be very happy about that and would be very happy for my family. My family wants me to go to a really good school and it's hard to get any better than BYU because of the athletics, expectation and education that you get at BYU. It's top of the line and a real blessing."

There are two Pac-12 schools that are also showing interest in Oslund.

"Oregon is really interested in me and have put me on their recruiting list for next season," said Oslund. "Also, Oregon State is showing interest and sent me an email about attending a camp up there."

A junior-to-be with a 315-pound bench press and a 465-pound squat, Oslund not only used his strength to stifle the competition at the NUC, but he also uses his quick feet, effort, smarts and mobility to gain the upper hand out on the football field.

"I'm just a really hard worker and I'll do anything to protect the quarterback and running back," Oslund said. "I play fast and I play smart. One of the greatest things that I think I have are quick feet. Without quick feet, I don't think I would be nearly as good as some of the other top linemen are. I just play really fast, really hard and really quick."

Oslund expressed interest in following in his brother's footsteps and serving a mission. That is yet another reason why BYU appeals to him.

"I just love BYU and that is my top school," he said. "I know I'll be able to have great friends out there because of the Church and the Church connection. If I do go to BYU, I know I'll be right at home."

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