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2013 BYU Football Newcomers: Brayden Kearsley

Here at Lawless Republic we will be profiling all the 2013 signees & return missionaries who will be joining the BYU Football team this season. This will be a daily feature on the site as we count down to Fall Camp.


Brayden Kearsley

Aloha, OR. Aloha High School

6-5, 298

Before BYU: Kearsley comes to BYU as a four-star rated recruit by both and He was recruited by most Pac-12 schools.  He chose BYU over Oregon State, Arkansas, and others. After committing early on to BYU he re-opened his recruitment, it took a special visit by newly hired offensive coordinator Robert Anae to finally convince Kearsley that BYU is where he should play his college ball.

Brayden comes to BYU after a very successful high school career at Aloha High School, he was a First Team All State selection as a senior. In his junior and sophomore campaigns Kearsley was voted second team all state and helped his team to a Class 6A State Championship in 2010.

In this highlight video at the NEI/BFA Combine Brayden shows off why BYU fans and coaches alike are very excited to have him join the squad in 2013. In the first few drills he shows off his great footwork and lineman speed. In the head on head drills he shows his nasty streak, throwing guys around like rag dolls and doing everything it takes to keep his opponent from getting past him

Expectations in 2013: Starter at Center.

Kearsley should come in and immediately battle for the starting spot at center. Cougar fans can look to Kearsley to come in right away and improve the position. It can only go up.  After poor play from former Center Blair Tushaus a year ago -transferred to Arizona State-, Kearsley is an instant upgrade.  Expect to see him snapping the ball to Taysom  Hill come  August 31 at Virginia.

The potential in BYU career:  Future NFL Prospect.

Brayden has the body type and skill set to do amazing things in his four years at BYU. He has a mean streak that we don’t often see at BYU, but when we see it, we love it. He reminds me of one of my all-time favorite lineman, Dustin Rykert who had a great 4 years at the Tackle position before getting drafted by the Raiders in 2002. Rykert had a mean streak and a take no crap mentality.  I see Kearsley being that enforcer on the Offensive Line during his Cougar career.

The sky’s the limit for him at this point, if he can stay healthy and keep up his intensity he should also follow in Rykerts footsteps by being drafted after his days at BYU are done.

Tags: Arkansas Razorbacks Brayden Kearsley BYU Cougars Dustin Rykert Oakland Raiders Oregon State Beavers Robert Anae

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