Reno (Nev.) outside linebacker Brandon Kaho has been a BYU commit since last summer, but he has been garnering attention and offers from Stanford, Hawaii, UCLA, Washington State, Washington, Oregon, Notre Dame, Cal, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Louisville, San Diego State and Colorado in the past three months.
The 6-foot-3 and 220 pound outside linebacker visited Stanford last weekend, and the Cardinal made an impression.
“Football...is really great, but I really like how they emphasized on the education part in how they do things around there and how different it is from other universities,” Kaho said. “I felt very comfortable with them. Their defense that they run is very similar to what I do here at home.”
Kaho has the versatility to play multiple positions in the front seven, and that was reflected in his visit. When the group visiting went into position groups, both inside linebacker coach Peter Hansen and outside linebacker coach Lance Anderson were vying for Kaho to join their film session.
Kaho ended up sitting with the outside linebackers, the position he is most comfortable with.
The linebacker said he wasn’t even expecting an offer from the Cardinal back in December. Getting recognized by a place that emphasizes athletics and academics is an honor to his family.
“I have to be honest I was shocked, I was surprised because before always talk about going to Stanford but they never have the grades and scores," Kaho said. “I just never saw it coming and it really shocked me in a good way. I was really happy.”
He walks away from The Farm as a commit to BYU, but said recent visits he has taken helps “open his mind up.” He plans to also visit Washington, UCLA, Oregon and Notre Dame, but he and his family are working out the details.
For now, he is working on his game.
“What I'm trying to work my game is try to get past blockers, using some different techniques because usually I just ran into them and try to get through them,” Kaho said. “That's what my game was. I would say the little things like stretching film and more film.”
Kaho said he intends to use all five of his official visits as a senior and Stanford is "definitely" in play to be one of those.