Monday, January 21, 2013
OL Brayden Kearsley recaps BYU visit
By Mason Kelley
The latest stop on Brayden Kearsley’s official visit tour took him to a program he is comfortable with.
After all, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman out of Aloha (Ore.) initially gave his verbal commitment to BYU.
Getting the chance to take a trip out to Provo, Utah, allowed Kearsley to see many of the things that initially drew him to the Cougars.
“Things went great,” Kearsley said. “I felt really good there. I met a lot of new guys. The new coaching staff on the offensive side of the ball is really cool. I really like those guys. I had a great time.”
The trip was a chance for Kearsley to spend some time around Cougars offensive coordinator Robert Anae, who will also be his position coach.
“I think it’s really cool to have someone who is coaching your position be the head guy on the offense,” Kearsley said. “That was just a cool thing right there, because you’re going to be around an offensive play-caller every single day.”
The four-star standout said his hosts on the trip were offensive lineman Famika Anae and receiver Ross Apo.
Now that he is back in Oregon, Kearsley is prepared to announce his decision. He plans to publically reveal where he will play college football during a ceremony at Aloha High School at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “It’s going to feel good getting everything off my back. I’m excited for everything.”
Kearsley will pick between Oregon State and BYU, but said he was impressed by the late interest from Tennessee and Arkansas.
When asked about ruling out Washington, he said, “I really liked it at UW, but maybe it’s not the right place for me right now in my life.”