Belle Vernon’s Braden Laux commits to Eastern Michigan

Saturday, June 24, 2023 | 2:30 PM

As he gets prepared to catch passes next year instead of throwing them, championship quarterback and defensive end Braden Laux is warming up to the idea of playing a new position in college.

Laux, a rising senior quarterback and defensive end at reigning WPIAL and PIAA 3A champion Belle Vernon, announced Saturday his verbal commitment to Eastern Michigan.

While earning a Division I scholarship has been a dream of his, moving to tight end caught him slightly off guard.

Eastern Michigan, which plays in the Mid-American Conference, wants the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Laux to play that position when he joins the program.

“I never thought about tight end until I started getting recruited this year for the position,” he said. “But I really just wanted to play, didn’t matter where.”

Laux, whose big presence and even-keeled demeanor helped the Leopards to unprecedented success last fall, threw for 1,025 yards and 11 touchdowns, rushed for 482 yards and eight scores and made 32 tackles, four of which went for negative yardage.

He was second on the team with five sacks, and he had an interception and a fumble recovery.

Laux took his official visit to Eastern Michigan this week.

He chose the Eagles over offers from Marshall, Maine and Western Kentucky.

“Eastern treats all their players like family, and the players welcomed all the recruits as if they were already part of the team,” Laux said. “But you can also see players on the field working when it’s their day off. It shows they’re dedicated.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is a TribLive reporter covering local sports in Westmoreland County. He can be reached at


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