BYU football: 2 offensive linemen, 2 linebackers commit to Cougars
PROVO — BYU's football program received commitments Friday from a pair of high school offensive linemen from the West Coast and a pair of prep linebackers from Florida.
Austin Hoyt, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound offensive lineman from Argonaut High in Jackson, Calif., was the Cougars' first commit on "junior day," a one-day camp put together by BYU's football coaching staff.
"I love BYU and knew that if they offered me, that I'd commit immediately," said Hoyt. "I love everything about their school. Just being there today, you could really feel a great spirit. BYU is the only place that has that feeling for me."
Hoyt had received offers from such schools as Air Force and Utah, and was receiving a lot of attention from Pac-12 programs. He was being recruited as both an offensive lineman and defensive end.
He'll be playing for BYU offensive line coach Mark Weber, with whom he's built a great rapport.
"He's awesome with how he is and how he works with you," Hoyt said of Weber. "Today, at junior day, I was reminded of how great of a coach he is, and I really couldn't ask for a better one to learn from."
Following the workouts, Hoyt met with head coach Bronco Mendenhall, and they talked about all the things that make BYU a unique place.
"We talked about everything," Hoyt said. "(Mendenhall) talked about the standards at BYU, and how it's important to become not only a great football player, but a great student and a great person, and I love that about him. I couldn't be happier than to be a part of BYU's great football program."
Hoyt plans to serve an LDS Church mission following his first season at BYU.
Hoyt's commitment was followed up with the commitment of Oregon's Brayden Kearsley, a 6-5, 277-pound offensive lineman from Aloha High School in the Portland, Ore., area.
"I knew that if they offered that I'd commit, and that happened today," Kearsley said. "I love BYU, and I've loved them for a long time. They started recruiting me about a year ago, and they've been my top school ever since."
Kearsley is a 2013 prospect who will be entering his junior season of high school. He was receiving some early attention from schools such as Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, and Washington State, but acted quickly on his BYU offer.
"I still want to go to the national combines and all that, but I'll be doing it as a solid BYU commit," he said. "BYU was my first choice, so it didn't matter who else offered me, I was going to BYU if they offered no matter what."
A big part of his decision to commit to BYU was his relationship with Weber. For the better part of a year, Weber has been in constant contact with the Oregon prep athlete.
"Every week, I have contact with coach Weber," Kearsley said. "He's the best. He's just someone I really want to learn from. At the camp today, I spent a lot of time with him during the drills but also before the drills started and after. I just love being around him. He's someone who really cares for me and believes in me as a player."
Friday was the first opportunity Kearsley had to meet with Mendenhall, and Kearsley came away impressed.
"He said that I have a lot to work on but that he loves how I'm nasty and how I go after people when I block," Kearsley said. "He talked about how BYU is a great place for me to grow as a person, not only as a football player, and I definitely know that's true. It's a big reason why I committed."
Weber told Kearsley he is their No. 1 offensive line prospect for 2013, Kearsley said. In viewing his film, Weber thinks he has a lot of similarities to Cougar offensive lineman Braden Hansen.
"I love watching Braden Hansen play, and it's an honor to be compared to him for sure," Kearsley said. "I'm just so excited to have the opportunity to play offensive line at such a great program as BYU and for such a great coach as Coach Weber."
The Cougars also landed Bobby Wolford, a 6-3, 230-pound linebacker from Jacksonville, Fla., who was recruited by Navy, Harvard and Princeton; and Phillip Amone, a 6-foot, 218-pound linebacker from Orlando, Fla. Amone was receiving attention from such schools as Florida State, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Utah, Oregon, and Stanford.
Wolford and Amone will both join BYU's program in 2012.
"The Marriott School of Business is one of the best in the country, and it's perfect for me," Wolford said. "To have the opportunity to play for a great football program and attend a school with high moral standards that has a great business program, it's really perfect for me, even though I'm not LDS."
"I really love my position coach, Coach (Paul) Tidwell," Amone said. "He's a big reason why I committed, but I love the school, too. It's definitely the right place for me to play and to attend school."
TV times announced
PROVO — ESPN and the Big 12 Conference announced Friday that the BYU vs. Texas game in Austin on Sept. 10 will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. MT.
ESPN and the Southeastern Conference released on Thursday the start time and broadcast plans for BYU's season-opening game at Ole Miss on Sept. 3. The Cougars and Rebels will kick off at 2:45 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
So far, ESPN has announced television plans for six BYU football games on the 2011 schedule. Others will be announced at a later date. Listed below are the games to date that have been scheduled for broadcast.
Sept. 3 at Ole Miss (ESPN) 2:45 p.m. MT
Sept 10 at Texas (ESPN2) 5 p.m. MT
Sept. 17 vs. Utah (ESPN2) 7:15 p.m. MT
Sept. 23 vs. UCF (ESPN) 6 p.m. MT
Sept. 30 vs. Utah State (ESPN) 6 p.m. MT
Oct. 28 vs. TCU (ESPN) 6 p.m. MT
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