BYU recruiting: Will Sedgwick, Earl Mariner commit to Cougar football
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. — Coach Bronco Mendenhall and his staff received a commitment from 2015 linebacker prospect Will Sedgwick as team camps came to a close. Sedgwick is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound inside linebacker who committed immediately upon being offered.
“Magic happened I guess you could say,” Sedgwick said about being offered by BYU. “I went to the camp, worked out as hard as I could and coaches fortunately thought I was good enough to offer me a scholarship. It’s a dream come true.”
The use of Austin Collie's famous quote to describe the process of being offered speaks to Sedgwick's allegiance to the program. The Laguna Hills standout has followed BYU football intently ever since he can remember.
“I come from a total BYU family,” he said. “Both of my parents went to BYU, we watch all of their games and we usually go to at least one of the games every year. BYU is really the only school I’ve ever wanted to play for.”
Sedgwick started at inside linebacker for Laguna Hills last season as a sophomore and tallied more than 120 tackles and was named as his league’s co-defensive player of the year.
Over time, Sedgwick has been actively promoting himself to BYU coaches — sending film and maintaining contact since before his sophomore season. This summer marked the first time he’d attended one of BYU’s camps, however.
“I didn’t know what to expect from camp,” he said. “After a few days, coaches seemed to really get interested in me and I got to the point where coach Mendenhall wanted to meet with me. I sort of knew he’d want to offer me in the meeting and that got me really excited.”
Sedgwick received the offer and quickly committed.
“I love the standards that BYU has and the opportunity to play with and attend school with people who have those same standards,” he said. “BYU offers a great education and really everything I want as a student and as a football player.”
Sedgwick is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has definite plans to serve a mission, but has yet to decide whether he’ll go on his mission right out of high school or play a year before leaving.
Football-wise, Sedgwick has become a huge fan of BYU linebackers such as Kyle Van Noy and linebacker coaches Kelly Poppinga and Paul Tidwell.
“Coaches really have coached the linebackers well and they’ve had a lot of great linebackers play there,” Sedgwick said. “I really grew to like coach Tidwell at camp and I know he’s going to be great for me and my development. I love all the coaches at BYU.”
BYU also received a commitment from defensive lineman Earl Mariner, who is the cousin of Travis Tuiloma, who is currently serving an LDS Church mission after playing one year in the program. Mariner is a 6-foot-4, 300 prospect from Topeka, Kan., who will sign as part of the 2014 class.
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