Fourteen Commits and Counting for BYU

Summer football camp usually jumpstarts the recruiting season for most college programs, but for BYU, the season is already in its waning stages. Just before the close of camp this afternoon, the Cougars received a commit from an impressive athlete who can fill a need at any number of positions.

"I committed to be a BYU Cougar today," said Highland High School's Braden Brown.

The 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end/defensive end met with BYU coaches earlier this morning and informed them of his decision. When he woke up this morning, Brown had not made up his mind about where he wanted to spend his college years. He had offers from Utah State and Oregon, but something about his experience at BYU led him to give the nod to the Cougars.

"BYU's camp was the third time I've been to the campus this year, and every time I came there's just been a special feeling about it," Brown explained. "I just decided that there was no point in stalling anymore, and that this is the only place to be."

The only question that remains for Brown is what position he will play for the Cougars. Coach Mendenhall told Brown that he could play tight end, defensive end, or even offensive tackle if he continues to grow. He was one of three players selected as best tight end of BYU'd camp. Wherever he ends up, Brown trusts the judgment of his future coach.

"Coach Mendenhall is great leader and coach," said Brown. "There's just something about him that I like. He's a great guy to talk to not only as a coach, but as a friend. I'll play wherever I can come and contribute. I like catching the ball, but I like hitting people too."

Like so many other member of the recruiting class of 2007, Brown has absolute confidence about the direction of the football program.

"BYU has a great tradition, great facilities and great coaches. It was founded on the Spirit, and I think great things are going to happen with BYU's program here in the next few years."

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