Gaskins: 2nd Leading Passer in WSFL

Ask any LDS football recruit how his mission changes him and you'll get a number of interesting stories and answers.  Glendale QB Brenden Gaskins (6-5, 220) has taken a circuitous route to play college football, but he's on the brink of getting some D-1 offers.

Gaskins attended Farmington High School in Farmington, New Mexico (about three hours north of Albuquerque) and was recruited heavily out of high school by BYU, Washington State, Oklahoma State, Tulane and Nevada. 

"I had an offer from Nevada and they held it so I could take my mission right after I graduated from high school," Gaskins told  "When I got back, the staff who I committed to had been fired and I just didn't feel like I really fit into their system there and with the new coaches.

"It was nothing against them, but I just think I needed a new start and a chance to give myself some time to grow-up physically.  I needed to take things a bit slower because I had lost a lot of weight and muscle on my mission and I just couldn't get that there."

Gaskins headed to Uruguay, South America and spent time in villages and in the Mountains spreading the message of the Mormon faith to the people in the area.  While he might have shrunk physically, he grew up in several other ways.

"It's amazing being immersed in a different culture and learning a new language," Gaskins admitted.  "I grew up emotionally, spiritually and mentally.  Every way a boy can become a man, I pretty much grew up and I'm really thankful I went through all of that."

Gaskins, who is now 23, redshirted last year for Glendale and this year he says that that season has helped him in his first starts this year.

"I've thrown for 1,300 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions this year," Gaskins said before last weekend's action.  "During my redshirt year and over the summer I worked on my speed and footwork.  I'm more of a pocket passer, but I can run when I need to."

Gaskins claims a 4.7 forty time and benches 225 pounds 12 times.

"I feel most comfortable running the west coast/spread offense that a lot of teams are running nowadays," Gaskins said.  "My release is pretty good and I'm pretty accurate so for me it's all about learning the system and I think I can do that pretty quickly."

So far this fall, Gaskins has received interest from BYU, Utah, UNLV and Weber State.

"All those schools have called and requested film so we're getting that out to them," Gaskins said.  "None of them have offered me, but we'll just see what happens.  I'm not too worried about it right now.  I'm more focused on our season and I'll let the rest take care of itself."

Gaskins falls under the 4-2-4 rule and will have his associates degree in December.  He wants to major in Psychology and will have three years to play three at the next level.

UPDATE: After last weekend's game Gaskins has thrown for over 1,400 yards (181.3 avg.; 50%), 12 TDs and 8 INTs.


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