Bruner Considers BYU

Schools are calling and sending letters, and offers are sure to come Jerry Bruner's way after he impressed last season. Although he only played for half the season due to injury, Bruner turned heads on his way to being named first-team all-league for his accomplishments. TBS caught up with Bruner to learn about his past season and future plans.

Out of Evergreen High School in Southern Washington, 6-foot-3-inch, 225 pound Jerry Bruner has been earning attention despite missing part of the season.

"I had a good year," said Bruner. "It was frustrating being hurt, but I got back in time to run for 280 yards and score five touchdowns against our rival Mountain View, so that was great."

Bruner did similar work against the other four opponents he went against last year, tallying a total of well over 800 yards and 11 touchdowns for the five games he played. Bruner played on both sides of the ball, but did most of his damage at running back.

"I feel that I can do it all," said Bruner. "With my size I can run guys over, but I'm also very fast. I was clocked running a 4.4 forty last year, so I can use my speed to outrun guys when I need to."

As a testament to his speed, Bruner also runs the second leg on his school's 4x100 relay team. Bruner feels that he's a good combo-type back that can do it all, relying not exclusively on speed or power, but utilizing both to run roughshod over opponents.

Bruner also played middle linebacker for his team last year after having been moved from outside linebacker from a year ago. Although he prefers running back, Bruner is open to playing linebacker at the next level.

"I just want to go to the place where I can grow and be the best at my position whether it be at running back or linebacker," expressed Bruner. "I prefer playing running back, but I'm open to playing linebacker for sure. I like defense. I like hitting people."

It looks as if Bruner will most certainly have his chance to play Division I football as he has a secure offer from BYU in hand with many other schools inviting him to spring practices and sending him letters. Schools such as Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State and Washington have been giving him the most attention.

"Oregon probably more than the other ones," said Bruner. "I've been invited to their junior day and to watch camp and stuff like that."

But it's BYU that has rushed to the forefront in the recruiting race as they extended a scholarship offer to the bruising back just this past Monday.

"I like BYU a lot," said Bruner. "I'm LDS, so I like the spirituality BYU offers along with playing for a very good football program. They did awesome last year and they're really going in the right direction. Playing for BYU would be great."

Bruner is set to make an unofficial visit to BYU during the first week of April when his high school has a short spring break. He'll tour the facilities and maybe even catch a practice. Bruner has been contacted mostly by linebackers coach Barry Lamb as the main recruiter for BYU.

"I like Coach Lamb a lot," said Bruner. "He went to my game against Mountain View and I sent BYU some more tape and they really got interested after that. It's great that they've offered me and I hope to get more."

Bruner is anxious to meet BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall, as he's been impressed with what he's done as a head coach since taking over the program.

"I follow BYU being an LDS kid for sure and I like what I see," said Bruner. "They have a great coaching staff and I like how they play. I hope I get to meet Coach Mendenhall and talk to him a bit when I go up there."

Bruner has no set time-table in regards to making a final decision to where he'll play college ball. He mentioned that he may commit on one of his unofficial trips coming up or wait a while.

"I'm not sure," said Bruner regarding when he'll commit. "I like BYU and they're probably my favorite right now, but I like Oregon and all the Northwest schools that are recruiting me and we'll see what they have to offer. I just want to make the best decision."

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