BYU Opens Summer Camp

TBS was there patrolling the intramural fields and taking note of the top prep talent in attendance during Monday's first session of camp. The players were in pads for the first two sessions before taking off their pads for the evening's 7-on-7 matches. Several players of note were there working to improve their game under the tutelage of the Cougar coaching staff.

All eyes during Monday's workouts were on Oakridge High School's Ross Apo. Apo came to the forefront during last year's summer camp, earning himself a BYU offer. Apo was there again on Monday showing why he's one of the more exciting prospects BYU has ever recruited.

Apo last summer entered camp donning Euless Trinity High School gear, but has since transferred to more pass-friendly Oakridge High School. Oakridge utilizes a spread offense, which should give Apo more opportunities to shine. He looked to have gained an inch since last summer and added more strength to his upper and lower body. Apo looks to be at least 6 feet 4 inches and about 190 pounds.

So how did Apo look? Any inquiry to the defensive backs in attendance regarding which receivers impressed them came with the answer "Apo." Indeed, Apo's height and overall athleticism proved too much for the defensive backs at camp, as he wreaked havoc once again on the Cougar intramural fields.

Apo was joined by his team's starting quarterback Teu Kautai. Kautai is a 6-foot-1-inch prospect who is LDS. BYU is recruiting both Apo and Kautai and is looking at Kautai as an athlete at this point. Both of their fathers were in attendance at the camp and had positive things to say about BYU and the Cougar football program.

Both players will be juniors this coming season and will be getting their names out there more and more as camps go on. Apo recently attended a workout at Oklahoma and was told that he should have an offer coming shortly from the Sooner program. Apo is indeed one of those "special" prospects whose potential is through the ceiling.

Kahuku High School in Hawaii was well-represented with Jray Galea'i and Aulola Tonga both in attendance. Galea'i showed very well in coverage drills. Meanwhile, it was TBS's first chance to see Tonga work out live. Tonga plays safety for the Red Raiders and presents an imposing figure, as he looks to be at least 6 feet 2 inches and 200 pounds with room to grow.

BYU is recruiting Tonga heavily, and it would seem likely that he'll end up playing linebacker in college should he not stay at safety. Tonga is very close to the Te'o family and is best friends with top linebacker recruit Manti Te'o, who will be attending the All-Poly Camp starting on Wednesday.

Joining Galea'i and Tonga from the islands was Kala Friel. Friel is the younger brother of current Cougar tight end Kaneakua Friel. The younger Friel is a 6-foot-4-inch, 290-pound defensive line prospect, and will be a senior this coming year.

Another lineman to perhaps keep an eye out for in the coming years was Dalton Forsythe from Grapevine, Texas. Forsythe will be a junior this coming year. He measures in at 6 feet 4 inches and 250 pounds and will start at defensive end for his high school, which plays against some of the top talent in the country.

Brad Wilcox from North Edmund High in Oklahoma was there on Monday and looked good. Wilcox was recently offered by BYU and had very good size for his height (6 feet 7 inches). He didn't fit the part of a string bean by any means, as he looked good and athletic during drills. Having seen him work out live, it's easy to see why BYU offered him.

The prospect making perhaps the longest trip to camp was safety prospect Marco Gapton. Gapton is from North Carolina, where he stars at safety for his high school. Cougar coaches were interested enough to go clear to North Carolina to see him work out.

Adam and Andrew Pulsipher from Temecula, California were both at camp as well. Andrew is a quarterback for his high school and is entering his senior season. Adam will be a sophomore this coming year and already looks the part of a Division I athlete, appearing to be at least 6 feet 2 inches and 200 pounds at a glance. Adam Pulsipher is a wide receiver/defensive back prospect who should emerge as one of the top LDS prospects in the country the next couple of years.

Darren Markle and his father both showed up as camp came to a close, and they're set to meet with Coach Mendenhall on Tuesday. Darren said he was very happy with his performance during BYU's Junior Day, as he showed quick and light feet. TBS will follow up with Markle following his meeting.


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