Beavs Impress Mama Kearsley

Brayden Kearsley

On Sunday evening, Oregon State was in the home of Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha offensive lineman Brayden Kearsley. It was an important visit for Kearsley, who is currently softly committed to BYU, for one major reason.

On Sunday evening, Oregon State was in the home of Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha offensive lineman Brayden Kearsley. It was an important visit for Kearsley, who is currently softly committed to BYU, for one major reason.

"It was the first time my mom met the Oregon State staff," Kearsley explains. "And that's really who we were trying to sell the program to mainly, is my mom.

"She didn't know too much about Oregon State, so we were just talking with the coaches and really got down to business. They did a really good job of selling the program and explaining how they teach character and everything to my mom, so that was good."

After the initial introduction, Mike Cavanaugh and Jay Locey, who were the two coaches representing Oregon State in the Kearsley home, got down to chatting about on-field business.

"Then, we just started talking football," Kearsley shares. "We were talking about early playing time, and where I fit into the roster. We talked about what position they see me as, and it was just overall a really good talk.

"They really like me at tackle. They think I have long arms and I'm a big kid, so they really like how athletic I am for my size. They said they like me at tackle and they have a senior at right tackle this year, so they think I can come in and play early if I work my tail off, like I should, and play to my potential."

Did the Beavers' pitch work on mom? According to Brayden, yes.

"My mom really liked it," he tells FOX Sports NEXT. "She just wanted to see how they taught character and all that. She's just nervous for her little boy, I guess, I don't know what the problem is. But she just wanted to see how they're going to take care of me, the academic support, and just really what they're going to do with me down there. She obviously wants me to be a successful player, but she wants me to be a successful person as well."

On Sunday night, the OSU staff impressed Mrs. Kearsley. However, it was long before the in-home visit that they captured her son's heart.

"I've been to every home game, I really like them and they've really been on my mind a lot," Kearsley admits. "They're No. 1 right now."

At this point, Kearsley says BYU and Washington follow Oregon State on his list, tied at the No. 2 spot, and Arizona State sits right behind them.

The 6-foot-4, 298-pound athlete is still hoping to make several trips before finalizing his decision.

"I want to get at least one or two visits done before the Semper Fi game, and then I want to get one or two more visits in after the Semper Fi game," he states.

Arizona State, BYU, Oregon State, UCLA, and Washington are possible destinations.

However, none of the aforementioned trips are set in stone.

"Oregon State is coming back with Coach Riley either later this week or next week, so if things go well, I could be making my decision at the Semper Fi game," says Kearsley. "But if I feel like I still need to take my visits and think things out, I'll probably end up committing either on Signing Day, or after all my visits."

Is it safe to say he's leaning towards the Beavs?

"Oh yeah, definitely," Kearsley confirms.


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