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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Utes defensive back Ryan Lacy (26) encourages the crowd in Salt Lake City on Sept. 16, 2012.

Although the actual season doesn't begin until the fall, summer is an important time for college football recruiters. With camp season hitting full swing in June, summer is a time when recruits can earn offers and solidify their college plans before the start of their senior seasons, which is an attractive option to many.

Most of the University of Utah’s highest-profile recruits don’t commit until the weeks leading up to signing day in February. However, summertime commits have been an important part of the Utah football program under Kyle Whittingham.

Here are 10 notable recruits during the Whittingham era that committed to the Utes in the summer.

Dan Sorensen is the Editor in Chief of UteZone.com, part of the Rivals.com network. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and Basketball Writers Association of America. Dan can be reached at dsorensen@utezone.com.