Comin' to BYU, Eh?!!

The thought of football prospects coming out of high school in Canada may not freeze many stiff with the chill of fear running down their spines. However, there is one Canadian linebacker that, upon completion of an LDS church mission to Denver, Colorado, will be on BYU's football roster.

Now that his year of sitting out due to NCAA rules from transferring colleges is done, many BYU fans know that former Washington State University linebacker Aaron Wagner is looking to bring the Canadian arctic blast to Lavell Edwards Stadium this coming year. What BYU Fans don't know is Aaron has a younger brother to whom BYU has offered a full ride scholarship as well.

Recruited out of high school by the likes of Boise State, Washington State, UNLV and a few Division II schools, Jadon Wagner, a middle linebacker who stands nearly 6'4" and 230 pounds, declined to accept any of the scholarships he was offered.

Instead, he accepted to play football for the Okanagan Sun. A semi-pro team in the CJFL (Canadian Junior Football League) prior to serving an LDS mission, and in his first year became CJFL runner-up rookie of the year by leading the PFC in overall defensive points (140).

While playing high school football in Alberta, Canada, Wagner racked up 146 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, six sacks, three picks, three fumbles caused and one fumble recovery his senior season, and had always wanted to go to BYU. However, according to Wagner, BYU doesn't quite recruit Canadian prep players and had "expected Canadian players to walk-on" at BYU which is one possible reason why his older brother Aaron went to Washington State. However, things have now changed.

Prior to his mission call to Colorado, the younger Wagner took a trip up to BYU during the BYU vs. USC game in Provo and was offered a full ride scholarship for the 2007 season. Upon his return he will have all of his eligibility left at BYU despite playing semi-pro Canadian football.

Jadon will be returning home in December of 2006 when he plans on joining his older brother Aaron at BYU, and will probably gray-shirt in January to get himself in shape both physically and mentally for an all out effort going to 2007 Spring Practice. He will probably red shirt his first year and be ready to play in the fall of 2008.


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