Bryson Has Good Reason to Commit to BYU

There's always at least one of them: a late commit that flies under the radar during the recruiting process for any number of reasons. This year, standout sack-master Thomas Bryson out of Layton High School in Utah didn't get noticed by BYU until late. But, when BYU's coaches finally took notice, they immediately extended a scholarship offer while he was on his official trip this past weekend.

Thomas Bryson is a 6-foot-5-inch, 230-pound athlete that could play a number of positions while at BYU, but will most likely be slated to play at defensive end, where he starred in high school by recording an astounding 23 sacks last year to lead the state in that category.

"I did really well this past year," said Bryson. "I had a lot of sacks and did a lot of good things. I feel that I really improved, which is important."

Bryson's play obviously caught the eye of many college recruiters, though ironically the attention came from out-of-state schools such as Idaho, Washington State and especially Stanford, which he visited on an official trip just prior to his trip to BYU.

"Stanford has been recruiting me for a while and I really liked it there," said Bryson. "It would have been a good choice for me, but there are things at BYU that I just like more."

Bryson didn't make serious contact with Cougar coaches until earlier this week, but the BYU coaching staff acted very quickly once that contact was made.

"I sent them film earlier this past week and Coach Kaufusi immediately contacted me and set up an official visit," explained Bryson. "I was then offered and decided to accept the scholarship offer while I was on my official trip."

So why BYU for Bryson, who held offers from Stanford, Utah State, Washington State and Idaho?

"BYU just has more things to offer than the other schools," said Bryson, who is LDS and has mission plans. "I felt like it was the right place for me just being there, and BYU has always been a place where I thought I'd like to play and attend school, so it just felt right to me even though I really liked what Stanford had to offer."

As mentioned, Bryson will likely make his mark at defensive end. Lately, recruits have been hearing more from the Cougar coaches about a switch to a 4-3 defense.

"They like me most as a rush end right now," said Bryson. "They're thinking of moving back to more 4-3, where I could play d-end or maybe even some linebacker if they stay with a 3-4, but I really like what they presented to me and it felt like the best fit for me football-wise and for just being a student and going to school."

Bryson really felt comfortable with the Cougar coaches and current players he met while on his trip, and that in no doubt contributed heavily to Bryson committing to BYU.

"I really like and respect the coaching staff at BYU," said Bryson. "Coach Mendenhall is someone I have a lot of respect for and I like how they do things at BYU. I feel like I can fit in well there and accomplish the things I want to accomplish in college."


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