- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
While Thomas Tyner (Aloha, Ore./Aloha) gets all the attention, not all of it would be possible without his offensive line. In 2010, Aloha rolled to the state championship with Tyner following a mammoth offensive line that featured current Oregon Duck James Euscher.
With the Warriors ranked No. 3 in the state with a 6-0 record, Brigham Young offensive line commit, Brayden Kearsley is a big reason for the success of both Tyner and the team.
"They do an amazing job opening things up for me and the other skill guys," said Tyner, the No. 104 player in the ESPN 150. "Brayden [Kearsley] is just huge. Well, he's not just huge -- he's also very good in his technique and his footwork. I couldn't be where I am without him and the line leading the way."
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Kearsley gave an early commitment to BYU over offers from Oregon State, Colorado, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington and Utah, among others.
"I just wanted to go somewhere I'd be comfortable," Kearsley said. "I like the program and the area out there. It is a perfect fit really."
The four-star is still being pursued by a number of schools despite his status with BYU. While he maintains that he is still committed to the Cougars, Kearsley has been listening -- and looking. In fact, he plans to visit both Oregon State and Kansas officially in the coming months.
"With Oregon State, they are a solid program and always have a strong offensive line," said Kearsley, the No. 3 player in the state. "[Beavers OL coach Mike Cavanaugh] is a great coach and just a really good guy. He wants me to commit there badly and so I feel like him giving me so much attention, deserves the same in return."
Kansas, Cal and Arizona State are all after Kearsley as well.
"Kansas has a good staff in place and they like my style of play. I am working to schedule a visit with them," Kearsley said. "Cal and ASU are both on me pretty hard too. I'll just have to see where things go."
Kearsley grew up cheering for the in-state Ducks, but their policy of not offering committed prospects also has Kearsley thinking about the future.
"I love Oregon. I've always liked the Ducks and would love to take an official visit to Eugene," Kearsley said. "[Oregon OL coach Steve Greatwood] really likes me and wants to offer, but Chip [Kelly] won't let him while I'm committed to BYU."
Kearsley said he is still committed to BYU but his recruitment could take on a new look in the coming months.