PROVO — BYU extended an offer to JonRyheem Peoples following his performance at its junior day which was followed up shortly with a commit.
Peoples is a 6-foot-6, 298 DL/OL prospect from Rigby, Idaho who captured the attention of BYU coaches following a referral from an LDS church member in the area. Being from such a small town, he escaped the notice of a lot of big programs.
BYU showed early interest, but deferred a scholarship offer until seeing him perform live at junior day. Peoples apparently passed the eye-ball test with flying colors and was met with that offer.
“I’m very excited right now about my decision and I can’t wait to play for BYU and to be part of this great football program,” said Peoples. “Everything felt so right during my visit. The coaches were great, the atmosphere was great, so I just decided right there that BYU was the only school I wanted to play for.”
Peoples is what he describes as “50% LDS” coming from a home with an LDS father and a born-again Christian mother.
“It’s like I have the best of both worlds,” said Peoples. “I’ve been around the LDS church a lot and feel comfortable with it, so fitting in at BYU won’t be an issue at all. I felt right at home while I was there on campus.”
Peoples performed on both sides of the ball during the one-day camp and subsequnetly wasn’t offered to fill any specific position.
“Coaches were arguing on whether I’d play defense or offense, but Coach (Bronco) Mendenhall just told them that no matter where I was going to play that they wanted me to play for them,” said Peoples. “I like defense a little bit better because I like to attack, but I’m fine with wherever they want me to play. I just want to play and contribute to this great program.”
We’ll have more on Peoples and other junior day observations a bit later.