BYU Interested in Bourbon

BYU recently offered a scholarship to Brandon Bourbon from Potosi, Missouri. Bourbon plays running back and tore it up on the field last year, lead to a good share of early offers and interest from some major Division I football programs. TBS caught up with Bourbon to learn of his recent BYU offer and his plans for the coming months as the recruiting process heats up.

Brandon Bourbon is a 6-foot, 215-pound running back prospect from Potosi, Missouri. He describes himself as a good combo-type back with above-average straight-ahead speed.

"I regularly run sub-4.4 forties with a hand-held timer," related Bourbon. "My electronic-timed forty is a bit slower, but everyone tells me that that time is very good for a player of my size, so I'm happy with it."

Bourbon was timed last summer running a 4.54 forty at a Nike camp. He was initially disappointed with his time until seeing the reactions from coaches and others who were running the camp.

"Everyone was telling me that it was an outstanding time for a running back," recalled Bourbon. "So, I guess I'm happy with that time. There's a lot of kids that say they run 4.2s and 4.3s and they're not even close to being that fast. I think I proved that I have legitimate speed at that camp for sure."

Of course a running back can't just be fast, but has to show other necessary skills in order to make it in Division I football. Bourbon showed those other skills last season when he scored 29 touchdowns and ran for 2,420 yards.

"People who have seen me play and have seen my film say that I cut very well without losing speed," noted Bourbon. "I feel that I'm instinctive as a runner and I can use my speed to get through the hole fast or bounce it outside. I've also been working on my strength so I can become a better all-around back."

Bourbon currently holds scholarship offers from Stanford, Harvard, Kansas and most recently BYU, which offered him on Wednesday after seeing his film.

"Coach Higgins called me and told me that they had an offer for me," said Bourbon. "I'm grateful for the offer, although I really don't know much about BYU right now."

Bourbon does know that BYU is a Mormon school that has a strict honor code, and said he doesn't feel he would have any problem adhering to that code. Bourbon was given another recruiting pitch, one that he likes a lot.

"They told me that most of their offensive linemen go on missions," explained Bourbon. "So they're two years older than everyone, which makes them really mature and good. So I like the idea of running behind older guys with a lot of experience. I could see that as an advantage for sure."

Bourbon's first offer came from Stanford about a month ago, and since then the offers have come in almost on a weekly basis.

"I don't know a whole lot about Stanford right now or any of the other schools that have offered me other than Kansas, which I know a little bit more about since I went to their Junior Day," said Bourbon. "I'm talking to my dad right now and we're going to see if we can visit Stanford or any of the other schools that have offered me this summer to learn more."

Bourbon's one definite plan so far for this summer is to attend the Nike camp held in Chicago on June 6. Other than that his plans are pretty wide open, although he hopes to garner more offers.

"I just want to perform well at that camp and see what other offers I get and then decide," said Bourbon. "I don't have a favorite school in mind or anything like that. I just want to go to a school that will best prepare me for the NFL and a school that offers a great education. Education is very important to me as I'll need something to fall back on other than football."

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