Top California WR Commits to BYU

BYU's second commitment of the day came from a highly decorated junior wide receiver from southern California. This talented junior will have no problem finding playing time among the talented wide receivers coming up through the Cougar program.

First team all-CIF, all-league, and player of the year are some of the accolades received by Hemet, California's Ryan Kessman. Those honors are not the reason that BYU coaches offered Kessman a scholarship, however. Numbers like 43 catches for 848 yards and 12 touchdowns, a 46.2 yards punt return average and 1,493 total yards are a large part of the reason that BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall was eager to see Kessman in Cougar blue. Coach Mendenhall got his wish today when the San Jacinto High School wide receiver committed to play for BYU.

"I committed today," said Kessman. "It just feels right, and I know it was the right thing to do. I'm going to go home knowing I made the best decision for me. I'm excited."

Kessman and his family flew into Provo this morning. He was immediately taken in by the beauty of the Wasatch Mountains and the surrounding environment of Brigham Young University.

"I'm almost speechless with how beautiful it is here," said Kessman. "Everything is just so clean and beautiful and the place is just so awesome. Actually, from the time I was on the plane I saw the mountains and the drive down from the airport, it's just so beautiful up here. I love the mountains, the rain the snow and I just love everything. It's like you can touch the mountains from here."

Kessman felt at home on BYU's campus. The atmosphere around BYU is conducive to his and his family's lifestyle. The moment he stepped on campus, Kessman simply felt rightat home at BYU and under the snow capped Mountains of the Wasatch Front.

"I just felt welcomed at BYU and with all the players," said Kessman. "Duane [Busby] introduced me to one of the players, and he just said that we want you here and it just felt like family."

Kessman stood on the sidelines and watched a scaled down version of BYU's offense go to work. His excitement and enthusiasm about being a future member of BYU's "No Limit" offense could be heard in his voice.

"They throw the ball a lot," chuckled Kessman. "That's what I like and the way they ran the offense with how crisp they are. It was just awesome seeing it."

Following BYU's annual Blue-White Game, Kessman and his family mingled with BYU football players on the football field. To his surprise, Kessman saw something that made him smile even more.

"It's so awesome here," said Kessman. "I can't believe all the fans and all the support by the fans and players."

Following the Blue-White Game, Kessman and his family went and visited with BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall. It was then that Kessman committed to Coach Mendenhall.

"We just went over the basics of the camp, and he went over everything with me academically and said he felt that I met the four requirements," Kessman said. "I just think he is such a good guy and he made everything so clear to me. I'm going to be at the summer camp so we're going to go over things more clearly then."


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