Brayden Kearsley

Oregon State lands BYU transfer

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Brayden Kearsley‘s heart never seemed to be quite into playing for the BYU Cougars. Instead, he’ll reverse course and return to his home state to finish his college football career.

When Kearsley was originally recruited, he first gave BYU a verbal commitment before backing out and strongly considering Oregon State. As national signing day approached, a visit to BYU caused Kearsley to change his mind.

“I always had BYU in the back of my mind, but I remember not wanting to sit through another one of the meetings with BYU again because I really didn’t want to go there anymore or at least I was telling myself I didn’t,” Kearsley said in 2013 when he officially committed to the school, via the Desert News. “I mean, I knew exactly what they’d say and I honestly didn’t want to hear it again, but it was different with Coach (Robert) Anae — it was something I wasn’t expecting.”

After two years in Provo, Utah, Kearsley decided he needed a change.

According to The Oregonian‘s Connor Letourneau, Kearsley’s career has come full circle after deciding to transfer to Oregon State.

The four-star offensive lineman was the crown jewel of BYU’s recruiting class, but he wasn’t able to find his way onto the field during his two seasons with the program.

A native of Aloha, Oregon, Kearsley will now play less than two hours away from his hometown.

The interior blocker will be required to sit out the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules before playing for the Beavers the following year.

(Photo courtesy of BYU’s athletic department)