If at First You Don't Succeed. . .

A few years ago, an athlete from the Sorenson family ended up playing somewhere other than Provo. There is another Sorenson coming up through the ranks this year. Will things be different the second time around?

Jeff Sorenson is a teammate of recent Cougar commit Mike Hague at Brighton High School, and like Hague, Sorenson is receiving a lot of early recruiting interest. Although no offers have surfaced as of yet, many of schools are showing a serious interest.

"I've been hearing a lot from BYU, Vanderbilt, Utah, Oregon and Washington," said Sorenson. "Probably the most from BYU and Vanderbilt, but all of those schools are showing interest."

Sorenson is a 5-10, 195 defensive back recruit who is a veteran of BYU's summer camps having been going down to Provo to workout every summer since he started high school. "I like going down there," said Sorenson. "BYU is a good school and going to camp there is something I've enjoyed."

Sorenson plans on attending BYU's summer camp again this summer along with Vanderbilt's camp on June 12th and Oregon's NIKE camp. Why the interest in Vanderbilt by this Utah prep athlete and why has Vanderbilt reciprocated this interest?

"My older brother Tom signed with Vanderbilt out of high school and started there as a true freshman before leaving on a mission," Sorenson explained. "He really liked it down there and I'd love to play with my brother in college. It's something we've always dreamed of doing and that opportunity may come at Vanderbilt, so I'm excited to camp there and see what it's like."

Like his older brother Tom, Jeff grew up a BYU fan and always dreamed of playing for BYU, but for the Sorensons, family comes first. "I'd love to play for BYU, but me and my brother are really close," said Sorenson. "We've always dreamed of playing together in college and hopefully things work out, so we can do just that. I don't know if it will be at BYU, Vanderbilt or somewhere else, but we'll just have to wait and see."

Like his older brother, Jeff has definite mission plans. "Going on a mission is something I'm definitely going to do," said Sorenson, "Vanderbilt was really good with respecting Tom's mission plans and I'm sure they'll do the same with me if they offer me a scholarship. Of course BYU would. A lot of what I do will depend on what Tom decides. I'm not planning on playing at the same school as Tom no matter what, but it would be something that I'd love."

In the meantime, Sorenson plans on working as hard as he can to prepare for his final senior campaign where he hopes to lead Brighton high school to a state championship. "We definitely want to take state and we should be able to," he said. "We have a lot of good guys coming back."

Sorenson also wants to work hard on increasing his speed and quickness. "I ran a 4.53 forty at BYU's camp, but I know I can run faster than that," Sorenson said. "I want to be a guy who times 4.4 every time and I think I can do that."

Sorenson also would love to play with his teammate Hague and fully admits that his good friend's commitment will help push him toward BYU if they were to offer him a scholarship. "Mike is such a great player," said Sorenson. "He just raves about the coaches BYU has now and he'll work hard to get me to BYU for sure."


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