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Cottonwood Heights • Brighton added to its reputation as a Division 1 talent factory, producing its latest prospect in Drew Jensen, a three-star athlete projected to play safety at the next level, who pledged his commitment to BYU on Friday.

"I would first like to start of by thanking all of the coaches for recruiting me up to this point, and my family and friends for always supporting me," Jensen tweeted. "But I have decided to take the next step and commit myself to Brigham Young University!! Go Cougars!!"

Jensen, who also maintained committable offers from Utah, Utah State and Oregon State in addition to BYU, missed the 2014 season after sustaining a season-ending knee injury in Week 2. He tallied 79 yards on offense with one touchdown and eight tackles, and provided the game-winning score on a 75-yard kick return in the fourth quarter against eventual Class 5A runner-up American Fork in his only appearance during his junior season.

"I think [BYU] got a really special kid. Anybody would have been lucky to get him," said Brighton coach Ryan Bullet. "He played a game and a half, and he was definitely the best player on the field. He reminds me of [BYU quarterback Taysom Hill]. He's a special kid."

Jensen started at quarterback as a freshman, accumulating 1,261 yards of total offense. He then guided the Bengals to a 5-0 start as a sophomore before once again falling victim to injury, breaking his wrist. He finished the 2013 season, which saw Brighton advance to its first championship game appearance since 2005, rushing for 10 touchdowns while playing multiple positions.

He is the sixth local prospect from the Class of 2016 to commit to the Cougars, joining Jaren Hall (Maple Mountain), Skyler Southam (Wasatch), Solofa Funa (Spanish Fork), Darius McFarland (Box Elder), and Atunaisa Mahe (West Jordan).

Jensen is expected to start at quarterback during his senior season.

"He's as good as any kid that's come through our program. They don't make kids like that right now, that have a lot of leadership ability and work ethic — he's not looking for the easy way out," said Bullet.

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