Speredon Home for the Holidays

Many recruits who sign with BYU wait four years from their last high school snap to see the field at LaVell Edwards. For these recruits, the delay is not due to working their way up the depth chart, but, rather, due to their service as LDS missionaries. Such is the case for Jason Speredon.

Jason Speredon was an offensive line recruit who signed with BYU back in February 2003. He left for his mission out of high school and will now enroll in at BYU in January 2006.

He served an honorable mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Concepcion, Chile. Speredon returned on November 10th.

"My mission was great," Speredon said. "I brought back a lot of good memories. The last family that got baptized was just amazing. The Cisterna family was a strong Catholic family but it was great to teach them and see the Gospel change their lives."

Speredon has been in touch with the BYU coaching staff since returning from Chile. Though he was initially recruited to play offensive line, Speredon admitted that if he had his choice he would play defensive end.

"[Coach Mendenhall] told me to try where I feel I need to be," Speredon said. "Obviously, though, it will come down to the coach's decision. I'll probably spend some time with both sides of the ball early on, until the decision is made."

With five of the top six in BYU defensive line rotation scheduled to graduate, it would appear that there is an opportunity for Speredon on the defensive side of the ball. If that ends up being the case, he could be playing alongside fellow Granger alum Kyle Leukenga. At 6'6" and 285 pounds, Speredon has good size to be a good pass-rusher from the end, if he can get his speed back.

Speredon enrolled in classes for the winter semester at BYU and will participate in spring drills. Until then, he has started on the long path back to being in football shape. The coaches told him to "get in shape to get in shape," clearly a reference to being ready to work harder than he ever has before. They want him to be in decent enough shape so that the team workouts and practices are not a complete shock to his system. With nearly nine months until the first game, Speredon should be as close to being "back" as possible.

On a side note, while serving in Concepcion, current Cougars Tyler Berry and Nate Hutchinson were assistant to the presidents in the same mission.

Spredon will be a true freshman when he starts classes in January, but will also have a red-shirt available.

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