Kearsley Wants To Make Sure

Quite possibly the top offensive line prospect in the Pacific Northwest, Beaverton (OR) Aloha four-star offensive lineman Brayden Kearsley tells eDuck that despite his current verbal commitment to BYU, he plans on visiting a number of schools to make sure his decision is final.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No, not right now I don't."

And right now, you're currently a verbal commitment to BYU, correct?

"Yes."

Despite your commitment to BYU, are you still looking around and considering other schools?

"I committed [to BYU] when I was 15 years old, so I'm still looking around a little bit. With BYU, I know I want to go there, but sometimes where you want to go, doesn't mean that's where you're going to fit best. I plan on taking all my visits to know BYU is where I'm going to fit best."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"Last year, coach [Steve] Greatwood came to one of our practices leading up to our state championship game and we've kind of been in contact ever since. I get a letter from [Oregon] everyday and I went to a few of their games this year...I was going to go to a Junior Day, but I ended up not being able to make it, so I keep in contact with them every once in awhile."

When was the last time you spoke with coach Greatwood?

"Probably a month, month and a half ago."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"I'm pretty interested in them, but they haven't thrown an offer out yet, so I couldn't really say anything else besides that I'm pretty interested in them."

Your teammate, Thomas Tyner, is currently a verbal commit to Oregon. Have the two of you discussed Oregon at all?

"Yeah, he really wants me to go to Oregon and block for him, but we'll see what happens."

What is it about Oregon that stands out to you when you compare them to other programs?

"They get W's, I like their fans, and it's just close to home. I like [the idea of] staying pretty close to home and I wouldn't consider going anywhere back east I don't think...and I would like to play in front of my friends and stuff like that. My whole family lives in Utah, so BYU is kind of playing in front of my friends and family too, but Oregon would be cool to play in front of my high school friends."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"Just nasty. I'm not satisfied unless my guy is on his ass. I just play nasty...I can play clean, but I play nasty, I play hard, and I like to block and have my running back cut up holes for touchdowns. I'm a football junkie, so I love the game and I'm always working hard to be a better football player."

Is there a guy at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"Yeah, Mike Pouncey. He plays center now, but when he was at Florida, he played guard next to his brother [Maurkice Pouncey] and that's who I kind of play like. He's decently tall -- like 6'4'', 6'5'' like me -- but he just plays hard and fast."

In your conversations with coach Greatwood, has he specified a particular position along the offensive line that he prefers you at?

"He says I'm athletic enough to play tackle, but I mean, guard would be a good spot for me, so I don't know where he'd want me to play. I just play best wherever my team needs me to play."

Do you have a preference either way as far as what position you'd like to play along the offensive line?

"I just like to play football, position really doesn't matter to me. I could say guard, tackle, or center, but if my team needs me at center, I'll become a big center for my team."

What are you looking for in a program?

"The whole coaching staff and if the coach wants me as a person, not just a player. I like having a good relationship with all the coaches, not just my position coach...somewhere where I could just see myself enjoying for the next four or five years. [Also], I don't really want it to be freezing cold [wherever I go], like Michigan or something."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?

"I want to major in broadcasting. That's what I want to do. Broadcasting or law enforcement."

What are some of the offers you currently hold from other schools?

"Right now I have six offers and I'm supposed to be close to 10 [here soon]. I got BYU, Oregon State, Washington, UCLA, Arizona State, and that's basically it right now. Arkansas is really close to offering, Florida State, and LSU has been asking for my film for awhile, I just got to send it out to them...schools like that. USC is really close to offering; I think they're going to do it in person. They're going to come up in April when they come up and see schools, so I'll probably hear from USC more...and Utah offered [too]."

As far as camps, unofficial visits, and Junior Days go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"I'm going to Washington's spring game and go visit them, but before the spring game, I'm just going to go by myself and visit the campus and visit the coaching staff. I really like coach Tosh [Lupoi]. I'm going to go down to obviously Oregon and Oregon State for a few practices or something like that and visit them. I'm going to go to UCLA's "Big Man Camp" and just visit there, obviously BYU's Junior Day -- I'm going down there for spring break and I'm going to their spring game and spring practice -- and I'll probably hit up Cal and USC on my way to UCLA too, so just schools like that."

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