This article is a part of a series; featuring the top D1 caliber players in the state of Utah.
When evaluating Division 1 caliber running backs, there’s usually a universal checklist: Does he have breakaway speed? Does he make the first guy miss? Does he get yards after contact (YAC)? Does he have “it” (game changing potential)? Using this rubric, Braedon Wissler passes each test with flying colors.
How He Earned a D1 Rating
Total Number of Evaluations: 6 evaluations (4 games, 1 scrimmage, and 1 practice)
What We Observed in Those Evaluations: He dominated against the top teams in the state. Whether it was 4A state champion Orem HS or 6A State Runner Up East HS, Wissler put on running clinics showcasing his running ability.
What Separates Him From the Rest: Wissler has a rare combination of speed, power, and shiftiness. The same qualities that many of the top running backs in college football possess.
Season Summary: Week 1 against the eventual 4A state champion Orem HS and Wissler makes one of the top runs of the year. He breaks three tackles while bulldozing a LB on his way to a 70 yard touchdown run. This would become the norm throughout the season.
Week 2 against local and national power East HS (6A state runner up), Wissler was one of the best players on the field as he slashed through an East HS defense full of eventual Division 1 signees. That game he officially earned a D1 ranking on our database. Coach Ron McBride (Former University of Utah and Weber State Head Coach) has coached many players. When I asked Coach Mac who he thought the best players on the field were Wissler was one of the first names mentioned. Wissler would continue this trend throughout the season, while helping his team capture the 6A state championship.
“There were a lot of D1 players on the field at the Bingham vs East game. He (Braedon Wissler) was one of the top three players on the field, during that game” – Coach Ron McBride (former University of Utah and Weber State Head Coach).
Why Wissler Would Be a Great Addition to Any D1 School: The biggest thing that stands out about Braedon Wissler is his work ethic. Every top college program in the country values hard work and that’s what Wissler brings to the table. It’s also rewarding to see when your hardest worker is also producing on the field as an elite performer. That’s what Wissler brings to the table. He’s a game breaking running back that will outwork anybody on the field.
“The first time that I watched Wissler in person was against Alta HS (July 2017) in a scrimmage. Within his first couple of touches he broke loose for a 60-70 yard touchdown run. He looked like a rocket that was just shot out of a cannon.” – Kamaal S. Ahmad (Former D1 Coach and D1 Recruiting Coordinator).
Getting to Know Braedon Wissler with Q&A
A typical day for Braedon Wissler starts around 5:30 am with workouts. It’s something Wissler has been doing since a young age with his father. Wissler’s day is non stop with after school training with Coach Keith Chattelein (Bingham O-line coach). His day usually finishes up around 8:30 pm training at Stroformance Training Facility in Orem.
The biggest thing that stood out to me while evaluating Wissler and speaking to him one on one was that he’s all business. Just like his running style- he’s straight to the point, in a business manner. Wissler is one of the most impressive players that I have covered due to his blue collar work ethic. Here are a few excerpts from my Q&A with Braedon Wissler:
Who’s showing the most interest (recruiting wise) right now?
“I would say Stanford, BYU, and Navy.”
What are your hobbies?
“Spending time with family, the outdoors, going on hikes, working out, and playing the guitar.”
What is your gpa?
What are you looking for in a college?
“A place that has good academic programs in engineering and graphic design. A place that’s focused on the kids.”