"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness."
January 23, 2013 enshrined this principle from Charles Dickens famous novel to the BYU Football Recruiting scene in a newsworthy way. During the afternoon, four star offensive lineman recruit Brayden Kearsley made it official by committing to play football in Provo for the next four years. It was a coup d' tat for newly minted offensive coordinator Robert Anae, who seemingly turned the tide and salvaged the prized recruit from the clutches of BCS foes.
Mere hours later, BYU verbal Johnny Ragin III became ‘former BYU verbal' Johnny Ragin III as the coveted outside linebacker had a change of heart and is now destined to play his football with the Cal Bears. It is always difficult to lose a commit, but especially so when comes at the hands of the granola hippies from Berkeley. You can guarantee the ganja will be passed amongst the revelers as they celebrate this recruiting triumph.
National Signing Day is a few weeks out and it remains to be seen just where these and the rest of the BYU recruiting pool officially end up. Recruiting is an interesting business. You win some and you lose some. I wish both the best of luck. Truth be told, it was BYU's offense, primarily the offensive line, that needed an overhaul. If I had to pick just one of these athletes to sign with the program, I'm confident 1/23/2013 was still a great day to be a Cougar.
Kearsley will be an immediate contributor and reports have him looking at the starting center spot during Fall Camp. BYU's offensive line needs a healthy dose of nasty and I am hopeful that Kearsley will be ready to provide that from the get-go. The Spirit of Famika Anae is strong with this one and under the tutelage of the elder Anae, I can't help but think this verbal from Kearsley may just be a sign of the great things in store for the BYU offense.