Kyle Brady: "I'm down to two"

Kyle Brady, the 6-1, 205 pound athlete from Tooele hit every goal he set for himself, team and personal. Now comes the hard part: picking a college between the two schools he likes the most. Here's a hint at one of the pair: we wouldn't be writing about him if BYU wasn't one of them!

Rare is the player who can honestly say he accomplished all of his goals during his senior season, but Kyle Brady of Toole had the perfect year.

The 6-1, 205 pound senior led his team to its first state title in 65 years, rushed for nearly 1,400 yards, had 31 TDs and an amazing 15 INTs to become the first player in Utah history to win Deseret News "Mr. Football" honors from the 3A level.

The title game, a 28-24 win over Wasatch typified Brady's amazing year. Playing quarterback in the shotgun formation, he ran for 98 yards and a touchdown, passed for only 30 yards, but tossed more scores and had two interceptions including the game's first attempted pass.

That performance followed a three interception game the week before in a semifinal win over Lehi.

What's amazing about his interception total was that most of the time Brady was lined up at corner, where teams could stay away from him. Lessons apparently not learned over time.

Brady is currently playing basketball for the Buffaloes, averaging about 15 points per game at the three spot for a team that's 3-6 but has won three of its last four games.

"Because we won state," he explains, "many of the guys playing football only got one basketball practice in before the games started. We're on a roll now."

The biggest difficulty now facing the standout athlete, who at last spring's Oregon Nike Camp ran a 4.68 in the 40 at 6-1, 203 pound and recorded a 31 inch vertical and a blazing 4.13 shuttle time, is picking a college.

He's got it down to two, BYU and Utah. Both have offered and you get the impression he'd commit to the Cougars quickly if one issue could be cleared up: position.

"I'd rather play offense," he says candidly, "but if it comes down to playing right away or playing offense, I'll take getting on the field."

"I want to play receiver," Brady continues. "Most schools want me to play free or strong safety. Honestly, I don't like to hit; I can make the pop if I have to, but I'd prefer to catch the ball."

The senior explains that the Utes are the most agreeable of the instate schools to letting him playing on that side of the ball, although both Mountain West programs have said he'll get a shot on offense if he wants.

"They (Utah) are talking offense more than the others," he states. "That's one reason I haven't committed to BYU. I like Utah because Urban Meyer is a change, something new for the program, and I really like it up there in Salt Lake. I like the campus and everything about the city."

But the four-position player, who shined at QB, running back, receiver and defensive back, is quick to add, "if I had to choose today it'd be BYU. I'm leaning their but still listening to Utah."

So what does he like about the Cougar program?

"I like their offense and would love to play there. On defense, though, Bronco (Mendenhall) runs an awesome defense. I'd be willing to play wherever I could get the most playing time."

What could help BYU out at this point is Brady says the pressure is weighing on him and he wants to make a decision soon.

"I'll probably commit in the next week or two without going on my official visits. It's not like I haven't seen both campuses many times and don't know what they'd show me."

What could get ugly is the infighting that may happen for the team that gets his services.

It's not hard to imagine a receiver coach drooling over an athlete who's 6-1, 205 pounds with 4.6 speed and a 30 inch vertical. Brady did record over 800 receiving yards as a junior. Because he was spread out all over the field in '02, he only had 200 yards this season.

On the other hand, you can guess DB coaches would love to have a ball-hawking player who picked off 31 passes in his career, 15 in one campaign alone.

Another factor to consider: Brady, when asked if he'll serve a mission, says, "I don't know, probably not."

One good thing in his favor, a 3.7 GPA and 24 ACT score which will allow him to get in on time and very likely compete for the early playing time he covets.

Now the question is, which side of the ball and for whom?

The early guess here would be a taste of both sides of the ball for the Cougars. How cool, though, would it be for BYU fans to see two Utah "Mr. Football" honorees lining up next to each other with Brady alongside '01 winner Dan Coates?

It may not be as farfetched as it first would appear.

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