While attending the BYU Cougars' summer camp recently, 6-5, 260-pound lineman Jaren Kump was engaged in scrimmage activities. BYU assistant head coach Ed Lamb approached Kump and gave him an interesting proposal.
“Coach Lamb asked me if, ‘If I offer you right now would you commit to BYU?’” recalled Kump. “I told him, ‘I would have to think about it but I probably would.’ That’s because BYU’s been my top college my whole life. He then said, ‘Well, we’re going to offer you a scholarship right now.’ I was thinking, ‘Holy crap! This is awesome!’”
“We were talking for a little bit and then he asked me if he could talk to my mom, so I called my mom so he could talk to her,” said Kump. “While they were talking I was thinking, ‘How can I not commit right now? BYU is my dream school and I’ve always wanted to come play football here my whole life. It’s a place close to home and where I’ve always wanted to go.’ After thinking about all this while he was talking to my mom I just committed to him right there.”
After committing to Coach Lamb, Kump was taken over to BYU head coach Kalani Sitake where he was informed of Kump’s decision.
“Coach Lamb then took me to Kalani and said that I was in!” said Kump. “That’s how he said it. He said, ‘He’s in!’ Then Kalani was very, very excited and that made me feel really good about myself. Then we went around to the coaches and told them, ‘Hey, he’s in!’ and that was really cool. Then I took a tour around the facilities and that was extremely nice. To think that one day I’ll be walking around those facilities as a player is very, very cool.”
As an offensive lineman, Kump is a strong and physical run blocker. He’s an aggressive downfield blocker and often times pancakes his opponents.
As a defensive lineman, Kump is an aggressive pass rusher who is hard to block. The coaches at BYU see him as a prospect that could play either way.
“The positions I play are left tackle and defensive tackle,” said Kump. “If I had to choose, I told BYU that I wanted to play offense. I’ve always felt that I was a better player as an offensive tackle, so when I go to BYU that’s where I would like to play. Coach Lamb asked me which side I wanted to play and when I told him he seemed really proud, because the offensive line doesn’t get a lot of glory.”
With his decision to play on the offensive side of the ball, Kump believes offensive line coach Mike Empey is one excited coach.
“I think Coach Empey is really excited because right now they have me as an athlete because they want me to play either offense or defense. I think Empey is pretty happy because I think he and Coach Kaufusi are kind of fighting over which side they want me to play.”
A member of the 2018 class, Kump will be heading into his junior year of high school at Herriman High School (UT), but the lineman already knows what he wants to study at BYU, which is one reason why he committed.
“Well, one thing about BYU is their law department,” said Kump. “The law department at BYU is extremely good and I’m debating between a civil and criminal lawyer. I’m also Mormon and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and BYU is owned by the church. BYU would be a much easier place to live my life in a way that I want. The football program is awesome as well. I can’t wait and I’m so excited that I’m a Cougar.”
Kump recently attended Utah’s Elite camp as well and apparently did really well. He was told by fellow teammate Noah Vaea, who plays safety for the Herriman Mustangs, that if he didn’t commit to BYU that Utah would have offered him three days after he was first offered by BYU.
“I went to the Utah elite prospects camp, which was invite-only,” said Kump. “It was a pretty good camp. I did really well against the other guys. There were only eight offensive lineman out of the entire state. I did very well going up against them. One of my teammates Noah Vaea who talks to Utah a lot told me that if I would have waited that Utah would have offered me. But I’m where I want to be.”