Receiver Prospect Excited for BYU Visit

San Jacinto High School, located in Hemet, California, is home to a wide receiver and kick return specialist who is gaining quite a bit of early attention from D-1 programs from the MWC, Pac-10, ACC, Big XII and Big Ten conferences.

Trumping schools like Colorado State, UCLA, Texas Tech and others, coaches from the nation's 15th ranked offense in Brigham Young University are the first to offer Ryan Kessman a full ride scholarship.

"There's Texas A&M, Miami, Ohio, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and there's a few more but those are the ones off the top of my head," said Kessman. "BYU is the only one that has offered at this point, but the other coaches said they are going to review it with their head coaches and then they're going to highly recruit me."

Kessman's exploits on the football field leave little wonder why so many schools have taken interest in him.

"I had 43 catches for 800-and-something yards," said Kessman. "I averaged as a receiver over 20-something yards a catch. Special teams wise, I had over 40-yards average per kick return. For punt return—I'm not 100 percent sure on that—I think it was around the 20-yard range. I had 12 touchdowns on the season."

Despite BYU's early offer, this talented wide receiver from southern California is not ready to commit to anyone yet. He is going to take a cautious approach to make sure his decision on where he will spend the next four to five years of his life is the right one. Despite wanting to hold off, the situation at BYU is very appealing to Kessman.

"I'm not going to commit until I've got everybody but as of right now I really like BYU because of the fact they have an honor code, and how strict they are and there are certain things you can't do like party and stuff," said Kessman. "I've always grown up in a family where there's no smoking, no alcohol and stuff like that. It just fits in with the way my personality is, and football-wise [BYU] was third in the western region in sending people to the pros which is something I heard yesterday. That really shocked me and I was like wow, it's USC, Cal and then Brigham Young."

BYU coaches want to improve last year's performance by the newly offense installed by former Texas Tech assistant coach Robert Anae and long time BYU coach Lance Reynolds. With the newly installed BYU offense, coaches Robert Anae and Lance Reynolds have brought back the old "west coast" offense developed by legendary head coach LaVell Edwards, which brought BYU a National Championship in 1984.

"I've talked about BYU's offense with [Coach Higgins] before," Kessman said. "The offense that they run throws the ball over 80 percent of the time. They spread the ball around too and that's a good thing. The west coast offense is one of my favorite offenses."

With nationally ranked receivers such as McKay Jacobsen and Austin Collie, who will be returning to BYU football program following a full time two year mission to Argentina, Kessman could be playing side by side with faith based athletes who have a lot in common with him both on and off the field. Being around people of similar standards, ethics and morals is something very important to Kessman. He, like many of the athletes who put off football for two years to serve others, enjoys caring for those around him.

"I'm one of those kind of guys that care more for other people than I do about myself," Kessman said. "Of course I care about myself but I like to please other people and try to make others happy around me. I want to make sure I'm around good people and be able to get along with everybody, and if I go to college and if I'm able to play football I would like to get as much playing time as I can. I also want to make sure I get an excellent education out of it as well."

There are two areas that Kessman would like to study in college. The first is mathematics and the second is history.

"Math is actually one of the top things I want to study in college," Kessman said. "I love math. I would like to get a degree in that field, that and history. Math and history are the number one things I would like to study in college."

Kessman will be visiting Brigham Young University on April 15th when he participates in the university's junior day. Having heard quite a bit about the beautiful campus and the surrounding picturesque mountains, Kessman is very excited to see things first hand.

"Oh, I'm very excited," Kessman said. "I'm always calling coach [Higgins] and he's always asking me, ‘Are you excited to come?' I'm like so excited and we've already got our plane ticket and everything. I'm ready to go out there and be able to see everything in person.

"They have beautiful facilities, and I've talked to a couple of the couches and everybody that I've talked to has said BYU's just awesome. My dream is always to be in the mountains and to be able to snowboard, and it's just right there. It's like five minutes away, and you're background of the football field is the mountains."

BYU wide receivers coach Patrick Higgins has developed a good relationship with Kessman, something that is important to the young athlete. If Kessman decided to commit to BYU, Higgins would be his position coach on the football field.

"I think he's an awesome guy," Kessman said. "He's very polite and he's an awesome guy. To tell you the truth, we mostly don't even talk about football. We're always talking about other stuff and we really get along a lot. He's really an awesome guy. He's really cool to get along with."

Until his trip to the top of the mountains of Utah, Kessman is currently working out to prepare himself for yet another successful year as a wide receiver and kick return specialist at San Jacinto High School.

"I'm 6-foot and 200 pounds," Kessman said. "Last year I timed in the 4.5 flat area at my school. I train six times a week and the day I get off I just do sit ups. We have a weight room in our house and every chance I get I'm in the weight room benching. I'm hitting the weights hard. My max in 185 fifteen times and the last time I squatted it was 420. Everyday, I'll take three laps around my block and it's a pretty big block."

To prepare himself mentally, Kessman has followed in the footsteps of his father Steve Kessman by being active in the Martial Arts of Jujitsu. The agility and rigors of the art has helped Kessman develop both his dexterity and stamina.

"Right now I'm actually in Jujitsu getting all that training and conditioning and doing that stuff," said Kessman. "It's been a big help. Jujitsu helps me out a lot. It's a lot of side to side movement and you have to be really quick to be moving side to side in Jujitsu. It's the same in football of course, and the conditioning side of it is just outrageous."


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