There were some tenuous moments, and a few puzzling tweets along the way, but on Wednesday one of the biggest prizes of BYU's 2013 football recruiting class reaffirmed his commitment to play football for the Cougars.
Brayden Kearsley, the 6-foot-6, 298-pound offensive lineman from Aloha High in Beaverton, Ore., donned a BYU cap during a ceremony at his school and said he will sign with coach Bronco Mendenhall's program on Feb. 6 when the early signing period for football begins.
Kearsley orginally committed to BYU as a sophomore. But then other schools took interest in the four-star recruit (Scout.com) and he attended several Oregon State games and took an official visit to Washington. A month ago, he told Scout.com that he had narrowed his choices to Oregon State, Washington, Arkansas and BYU, and many took that to mean he had de-committed to BYU.
He insisted he hadn't, but wanted to see what else was out there.
He re-affirmed his commitment last weekend on his official visit to Provo, then again on Wednesday.
A Semper Fi All-American, Kearsley is ranked as the No. 16 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com. There's a very good chance that he will play center for BYU.
As reported in this space earlier this week, the Cougars received two more commitments from that big recruiting weekend.
Logan High linebacker Chasen Andersen and Josh Carter, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman from Eastern Arizona College, said they will sign on Feb. 6 as well.
Lots of folks out there are wondering what is going on with the BYU football coaching staff changes. This thing seems to be taking forever since Robert Anae was announced as the new offensive coordinator back on Jan. 4.
I heard today from a very good source that former BYU backup quarterback Jason Beck and one-time BYU graduate assistant Steve Clark, now the offensive coordinator at Southern Utah University, were told by Anae last on Tuesday night that they are still candidates for the two open offensive positions (receivers coach, quarterbacks coach).
The presumption is that Beck is in the running for QBs coach and Clark in the running for receivers coach. The men were told last night that Anae and coach Bronco Mendenhall are still figuring things out.