PROVO — Most fans, media types or anyone else can truly understand how tough the recruiting process is for a young man. Imagine yourself, previously an unknown commodity, suddenly being inundated with offers and subsequent sales pitches from top division-one programs all within the span of under a week.
Such was the case with Jonryheem Peoples, who committed to BYU this past Wednesday, before receiving a full-court press from Utah following his dominant performance at the All-Poly camp. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound lineman, accepted Utah’s invitation for an unofficial visit and the visit went quite well.
“Right after my trip and for about three hours after, I felt that I was going to be a Ute,” said Peoples. “I loved the visit and it felt right being at Utah. I plan on enrolling early and it was explained to me that it would work better there and yeah, I felt that I was going to Utah.”
Word seeped out that Peoples had committed to Utah although Peoples himself never confirmed such rumors. Word spread like wildfire on the internet.
“It wasn’t even ten minutes after I finished my visit at Utah that I was receiving texts from everyone asking me if I really committed to Utah,” said Peoples. “I guess I told coaches (at Utah) that I’d like to come there, and yeah, I was thinking that I’d go there, but I never gave the coaches there a commit. I was amazed at how fast word got out that I committed.”
Shortly following his visit to Utah, Peoples received word from BYU Coach Bronco Mendenhall that he wanted to visit with him later that night.
“As soon as I received the text I started thinking about BYU again,” said Peoples. “I had just so much stuff going on — I mean I’ve never received this type of attention before and it’s crazy…it’s just crazy how good coaches are at selling you on a program. It’s something I’ve never experienced before, but it’s good to have a good family to talk things through and to help put things into perspective.”
Mendenhall went through Peoples’ goals with him and asked which program he felt would best help him achieve his goals. After some thought, Peoples determined that BYU would provide the best fit.
“It just all came back to me about why I committed to BYU in the first place,” said Peoples. “It’s about surrounding myself with the best — not just something good, but the best and BYU offers surroundings and a program that is the best for me and it’s why I’m holding my commitment to them.”
Peoples is well-aware that he’ll be receiving other overtures from other top recruiters, but fully intends on keeping his commit to BYU.
“I’m thankful for Utah and they have a lot to offer and I loved my visit with the coaches, but BYU is where I need to be,” he said. “Right now, I think I’ve had enough of recruiting and I’d just as soon go back to Idaho and hide for a long while. I mean, it’s nice to be wanted, but I just need to focus on achieving my goals and making sure I can get to BYU this coming winter semester.”