Top Talent at Junior Day

On Friday BYU held its third Junior Day of the year, attracting some of the top regional talent. It was an opportunity for the prep athletes to further familiarize themselves with BYU through meeting with coaches, listening to an address from head coach Bronco Mendenhall, and concluding the day with a workout in the indoor practice facility.

BYU has always been able to attract some impressive talent to its Junior Day functions, but Friday's function marked what was perhaps the best conglomeration of talent BYU has ever brought in for a Junior Day. Every position had top talent working out in front of coaches doing position mastery drills.

Quarterbacks

The quarterback talent at Friday's function was without question the best BYU has brought in for a while. Jake Heaps, Taysom Hill, Jeff Manning, Jamie Jensen and Jake Soffe, among others, headlined the group.

Each quarterback went through position mastery drills under the instruction of Coach Brandon Doman. As an observer, I've seldom seen better balls thrown during a BYU camp. The talent pool of LDS quarterbacks this year looks to be in top form, as evidenced by the workout.

Running Backs

Levi Te'o headed a good crop of running backs while his father and mother looked on. Levi is the younger brother of recent Cougar commit Malosi Te'o and plays for Timpview High School. The younger Te'o has a prime opportunity to gain attention, as Division I coaches should be making many trips to Timpview this coming year to further evaluate and recruit Xavier Su'afilo, Craig Bills and others.

Receivers

It's no secret that BYU is after taller bodies at the wideout position these days, and such athletes were at Friday's Junior Day. Top talent included Mitch Mathews, Mike Edmunds and Travis Van Leeuwen, among others.

The receivers were able to shine given the great quarterback talent that was there throwing them accurate passes throughout the day. Top receiver recruit Brett Thompson was not in attendance due to having other team obligations.

Tight Ends

This group was headed by Richard Wilson and Remington Peck. Under the instruction of Robert Anae, they worked on position mastery drills and caught passes from the aforementioned talented quarterback group that was there.

Offensive Line

Xavier Su'afilo was in attendance, as was his father, along with Tui Crichton, Talai Livai and Kyle Johnson, among others.

Defensive Line

Highland's Latu Heimuli headed this group, along with Bronson Kaufusi.

Linebackers

No group was represented as well during Friday's function as perhaps the crop of top linebacker talent. Kyle Van Noy worked out with the linebackers, as did Steven Fanua, Darren Markle and L.T. Filiaga.

Many fans of course are anticipating the arrival of Manti Te'o to work out in front of local coaches, and he'll be here on Tuesday. He will attend the All-Poly Camp and plans on making his way down to BYU as well.

Defensive Backs

This group was headed by Craig Bills, along with Jray Galea'i, Chris Washington and LeSean Wilcox. I was able to see this group work out more than any other position and was struck by just how good Craig Bills is. Bills is destined to become the most underrated signee of 2009 due to him committing to BYU almost a full year ago, which has unquestionably cut down the amount of offers he most definitely would have garnered.

A few current Cougar players, including Max Hall, Harvey Unga, David Nixon and Braden Brown, dropped by to take a glance at BYU's current recruiting crop. The players were timed doing forties on Friday, but those times were not released to anyone, including the players.

Several high school players that will be joining the team this coming year have been regularly attending workouts. One player who has not been able to attend workouts is O'neill Chambers. Chambers is not in Provo yet, but is likely to be here during one week of summer camps.

Bills looked like a man among boys, showing very live and aggressive movement. It was also my first opportunity to watch Chris Washington work out, and I was very impressed with his quick and light feet. Washington looks to be a player who may be getting some offers here soon.

Indeed, BYU was able to attract some of the best talent they've ever had at a Junior Day function. Almost every top athlete that BYU has offered to this point was in attendance, with a few exceptions. TBS will follow up with individual recruits over the weekend to learn more about their Junior Day experience.


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