Cougar Camp: Week Two

The Cougar coaching staff set off to administer another week of camp with hopeful high school prospects early Monday morning. This week's camp is without pads, as players will compete and go through light drills in hopes of improving their skills. TBS was there on Monday and will be there all week.

About the same amount of campers were there for the first day of the non-padded camp as were there last week. Over 400 prep football players made their way to Provo to sharpen their skills under the tutelage of the Cougar coaching staff and other invited coaches.

Committed Corners

West High's Garrett Nicholson and Springville's Cameron Comer were in attendance. Both players gave their verbal commitments to head coach Bronco Mendenhall prior to camp.

The word we've received is that BYU plans on adding a third cornerback with the 2008 signing class. It appears early on to be a two-horse race between St. Mary's Chris Wilson, who showed his wares last week and is awaiting word of a possible offer, and Kedron Paul from Florida, who is in town and set to impress the Cougar coaching staff.

We'll in no doubt be watching Paul closely throughout the week to see how he compares with Wilson. Of course, the third offer isn't exclusive to these two athletes, as other cornerback prospects may crop up.

Local Influx

While last week's camp saw a bevy of out-of-state talent at camp, this week looks to showcase primarily local talent. Most of the talent this week seems to come from what will be the class of 2009.

Local names that have stood out include Richard Wilson, who is a tight end and defensive end prospect from Spanish Fork. Wilson is a junior-to-be and we'll be watching him throughout the week. Travis Van Leeuwen is another local prospect that served notice. Van Leeuwen is a 6-foot-3-inch wide receiver prospect from Timpview.

All in the Family

Marcus Matthews and Braden Brown both inked their letters of intent with BYU this past February. Both players were in attendance watching their younger brothers, who may be following in their older brother's footsteps.

Brown's younger brother Trevor Brown is a 6-foot-7-inch quarterback prospect who will be calling signals for Highland High School this coming year. Meanwhile, Matthews' younger brother Mitch Matthews is looking to clone his older brother's play on the field this coming year. The younger Matthews is 6 feet 4 inches, like his older brother, and plays wide receiver.

Both Marcus Matthews and Braden Brown will be leaving for missions in the coming months. Matthews already has his call in hand to serve in Sweden, while Brown is awaiting his call. Both will be leaving in September.

The Big Boys

Two of the more impressive lineman prospects are Sealver Siliga from Copper Hills High School and Abe Markowitz from Hawaii. Both linemen have good lower-body strength and could be proffered scholarship offers here soon. Siliga is a senior-to-be, while Markowitz will be a senior this coming year.

Siliga is being worked as intensely as any player at the camp, going through constant drills with Coach Kaufusi and Coach Weber. Coach Kaufusi has a son at the camp who looks to be a promising prospect in the coming years. Bronson Kaufusi will be a sophomore this coming year for Timpview, but already looks to be well over 6 feet 5 inches, and will play tight end for the Thunderbirds this coming year.

When Love comes to Town

TBS has also learned that Ryan Love from Ponderosa High School in California will be walking on this coming fall. Love is a 5-foot-10-inch, 175-pound cornerback who BYU recruited last year. Love eventually signed with Sacramento State, but due to a change in the coaching staff, was left without an offer. Love is not LDS and will play four straight years, adding to the cornerback depth at BYU.


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