One of the guys who was a ball to watch the last two seasons is Aloha High's Brayden Kearsley. He broke on to the scene as a big husky 10th grader who surprised upper classmen as Aloha headed to their first State Championship. That only wet his whistle and he cruised through last season and at times looked board as he beat up on both offenses and defenses.
Now with his Senior season about months ahead he is reaping all of the harvest that planting all of those opposing linemen can offer. And is a boutntiful harvest at this point.
A member of the LDS Church Brayden had pledged himself to a scholarship that the Cougars offered him during that Sophomore campaign. But that has not stopped other schools from coming after him. Especiialy lately.
In the past week the 6'5", 295 Pound Guard/Tackle has hauled in 5 major offers. Utah, ASU, UCLA, Washington, and Oregon State are all in on the blue chip Kearsley now.
"It has been great and a carzy few weeks. Definitely a nice feeling to have all of these schools making me these offers," he said.
So far there is no departure from his verbal promise to BYU but Brayden is clear he is taking his visits.
"I will take 5 official visits and then make a final decision after that," he said taking the position that he will see what all comes along and take 2 visits during the season and 3 after and then decide.
What about the Warriors? How is he feeling about the chances to be a repeat Champion?
"It is the last year with all of us that started together. This should be a special year," he said.
Well it should be. The last season he and his legendary 8th garde team will be together and the last year that Coach Chris Casey will be at the helm before he moves on to the Head Coaches Job at George Fox.
"I think it is going to be super special especially because I was here on his first day Coach Casey came here. I was in 5th grade and rememember when he walked in and explained to my Dad and the coaches how we were going to turn things around. And he did and to be a part of that has been amazing."
The Warriors will be led by Kearsley, the #1 Running Back in the Nation in Thomas Tyner, a host of returning linemen, and a supporting cast of speed and talent. It could be the Warriors year again in 2012.
"If we stay healthy we can go really far," he concluded.
No matter what side of the ball he is on Brayden Kearsley is always in the middle of the game and usually he is in control.
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