2013 BYU Football Newcomers: JonRyheem Peoples

Here at Lawless Republic we will be profiling all the 2013 signees & return missionaries who will be joining the BYU Football team this season. This will be a daily feature on the site as we count down to Fall Camp.


JonRyheem Peoples

Rigby, Idaho; Rigby HS

6-6, 298 DL


Before BYU:

One of the most heralded recruits in Brigham Young’s 2013 class, Peoples is a freakish athlete from a tiny Idaho town, not necessarily a prime recruiting ground. But it seems BYU has found a diamond in the rough in Peoples, the nearly 300 lb. Peoples runs a 4.7 40-yard dash and played nearly every position on the field for his high school team.

You may remember the recruiting battle over Peoples between BYU and Utah, Utah offered a scholarship after BYU received a verbal commitment from Peoples. Peoples then told the Utes he’d love to play for them, but never actually committed. This set off a huge war between Cougar and Ute fans, which is no surprise. Obviously Peoples chose to stick with his word and attend BYU, watch his highlight tape below and you’ll see a great dig at the Utes.

Watching his highlights you can see what an incredible athlete Peoples truly is. You gotta love seeing a big man like that used all over the field, including returning kicks. And seeing him burn a Ute logo just makes you feel good in your soul, just like Braden Kearsley.

2013 Expectations: Contributor

With the lack of depth on the defensive line, combined with the high probability that with the new offense in place, the Cougar defense will see many more plays per game, I’d expect to see a bit of Peoples in action this year. The kid is an incredible athlete who wants to play right away, along with the fact that he is a winner (two state titles in hoops, state track title and a shot put championship), he won’t be denied some playing time in 2013.

Potential in BYU Career: High

Peoples has all the tools to be a great player for the Cougars, he’ll play with some of the best defensive talent BYU has seen, He will be coached by great defensive coaches, and he is an absolute beast at 6’6”, 300 lbs. If he can maximize his natural talents and grow as a player he will be a dominate force on the defensive line for (hopefully) four years in Provo. The NFL is a real possibility for Peoples, guys this big and athletic don’t come around very often.


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