PROVO — It's no secret to those who follow BYU football recruiting that the team does most of its work during the month of June. Nine prospects committed during or shortly after camps concluded in the summer last year, and eight of the eventual 18 signees in 2012 committed during the same period the year before.
A lot of evaluation will again occur this June, with coaches holding an invitation-only junior day camp this coming Friday, which will be followed by two weeks of camps to conclude the month. BYU is limited in offers this year and will likely sign just 13-15 players for 2014, according to sources. If history holds, fans can expect a good portion of those eventual signees to commit during the next month.
Here's a look at 10 of the top commits BYU has secured during or shortly after the June camp period since Bronco Mendenhall became head coach. Not all of these players were highly recruiting when they committed, but all have gone on to contribute to the program.
Pine View High School
Lark was a four-star prospect at the time of his BYU commit and held offers from Arizona State, Oregon and Utah, among others. He committed following the last week of June camps in 2005 and was widely regarded as the crown jewel of the 2006 signing class.
Lark struggled to meet expectations at BYU following his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but did finish his career with a successful senior season, backing up high school rival Riley Nelson and Taysom Hill.
Canyon Country (Calif.) High School
Di Luigi's stock was rising quickly when he decided to commit to BYU in June of 2006. The Southern California star was fresh off a dominating junior year and was turning heads at every camp he attended the following summer.
It took a bit before Di Luigi was able to contribute on the field, but he finished out his BYU career as a valuable contributor in the Cougar backfield.
Timpview High School
Manumaleuna was an unknown commodity by most when he committed to BYU in late June of 2006. The eventual four-year contributor was fresh off moving to Provo from Alaska where he had averted the attention of many potential recruiters.
Manumaleuna went on to log significant playing time as a true freshman and has started in every year since.
Kamehameha (Hawaii) High School
Friel had no film, let alone much playing history, when he showed up to BYU's summer camp in 2006. What he did have was intriguing overall athleticism that led coaches to take a chance in offering him as an athlete.
Friel found his position at tight end and is set to contribute heavily at the position this coming year after a successful junior year campaign in 2012.
Highland High School
Brown received a lot of interest from schools in what was then the Pac-10 at the time of his BYU commit, which occurred in June 2006. He committed to the Cougars after attending the first week of camp.
Brown was set to contribute at tight end before switching over to offensive tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2009 due to a rash of injuries at the position. After that he became a valuable member of the Cougar offensive front before graduating following the 2012 season.
Timpview High School
Bills was regarded as a four-star prospect by scout.com at the time of his BYU commit in June 2007 following his sophomore season. Bills was set to receive a bevy of interest from BCS schools, but rested on the Cougars right after they offered him following a June camp.
Bills contributed heavily last season at safety and is set to start at free safety in 2013.
Brooks (Mass.) School
Johnson traveled clear across the country to attend BYU's camp after receiving a strong recommendation from family friend Danny Ainge. While at camp he was sold on BYU and committed to the program a week after returning home, having also received offers from UConn and Boston College, among others.
Johnson started as a sophomore last season and will be the starter at field corner in 2013 and likely again in 2014.
Summit (Calif.) High School
Williams blew away the Cougar coaching staff after his performance at junior day in 2011 and quickly received an offer. It took him about a month to commit, but he rested on BYU in early July after considering mounting interest from numerous Pac-12 programs, including Oregon.
Williams was the eventual starter at running back last season as a true freshman and is set to have a huge career at BYU.
Bingham High School
Peck committed to BYU in late June 2008 and was regarded as a tight end prospect by some. He contributed heavily last season and is set to increase that contribution in 2013 as a sophomore.
Erie (N.Y.) Community College
Eason was evaluated late, but was picked up by the program in June 2009 and joined as a junior college transfer for the 2009 season. Eason was without an offer or much interest before selling himself to Cougar coaches when they traveled to Erie (N.Y.) Community College to evaluate one of his teammates.
Eason went on to start at cornerback before graduating after the 2011 season.