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.

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Sealver Siliga

Class of 2008

Siliga’s recruitment has become something of a legend among recruiting buffs in the state of Utah. He initially committed to BYU in June 2007, but buyer’s remorse led to a complete change of heart soon after and Siliga switched his pledge to the Utes. The debate over what led to the switch still rages among folks on the Internet. After playing in 37 games for Utah, Siliga made the jump to the NFL after his junior year and is currently with the Denver Broncos.

Ryan Lacy

Class of 2008

Unlike Siliga, there wasn’t a lot of drama surrounding Lacy’s commitment to Utah in July 2007. Although at the time he had flown mostly under the radar, Lacy had shown Utah coaches on film that he had next-level speed and instincts, and he committed shortly after a scholarship offer came his way. As a multi-year starter for Kalani Sitake’s defense, Lacy turned out to be one of the best recruits of his class.

Kenneth Scott

Class of 2010

Scott, a four-star Rivals 250 receiver out of Ontario, Calif., committed to Utah in July 2009 despite the fact that he’d never visited the campus. It was his relationship with receivers coach Aaron Roderick that sold Scott on the Utah program, and he never looked back — despite receiving late offers from several major programs. Scott heads into his junior season looking to have a breakout season for the Utes.

Dres Anderson

Class of 2010

Coming out of JW North High School in Riverside, Calif., Anderson committed to Utah the day after Kenneth Scott, cementing one of the more talented receiver tandems to join the program under Kyle Whittingham. Anderson will be another key component of the Utah offense this season as the Utes try to correct their struggles in the passing game over the past two seasons.

Brian Blechen

Class of 2010

Blechen first arrived on Utah’s radar after a standout performance at the team’s camp in St. George in June 2009. Blechen, who played quarterback at the time, wowed coaches with his size and athleticism en route to earning a scholarship offer. The early commitment was good for Utah, as Blechen made a game-saving interception in his first game as a freshman. He's about to enter his fourth year starting for the Utes.

Star Lotulelei

Class of 2010

Ever unassuming, Lotulelei committed to Utah in July 2009 without much fanfare after a standout freshman season at Snow College. Lotulelei got even quieter after his commitment, taking a season off of football to get his academics in order before joining the Utes in 2010. Lotulelei let his talking happen on the field once he arrived on campus, as the All-American dominated en route to the NFL.

Eric Rowe

Class of 2011

Rowe committed to the Utes in June 2010, shortly after participating in Utah’s camp. Between the tenacious efforts of recruiting coach Morgan Scalley and falling in love with the Utah campus during his summertime visit, the decision to make the move from Texas to Salt Lake City turned out to be easy for Rowe. He was also an impact player in the class and has been a starter since the day he stepped foot on campus. As a junior, he will be a key leader in the Utes’ defense this season.

Hunter Dimick

Class of 2012

Another focus of an in-state recruiting battle between Utah and BYU, Dimick was offered first by the Cougars but held off on committing until he could compete at Utah’s camp in hopes of earning a scholarship. Dimick’s performance at the Utah camp netted him a scholarship offer from the Utes and he committed soon after. Ute fans can expect to see Dimick as a part of the defensive line rotation this fall.

Chase Hansen

Class of 2012

Hansen, the all-everything quarterback out of Lone Peak, was a major recruiting victory for the Utes when he committed in June 2011. Having grown up in the shadow of BYU as the son of a former Cougar player, most pundits assumed that Hansen would be BYU-bound. However, Hansen decided to strike his own path, taking his talents north to play in the Pac-12. Hansen is currently serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but will be in the mix at quarterback when he returns in 2015.

Uaea Masina

Class of 2013

Masina’s recruitment was one of the most hotly contested recruiting battles in the state of Utah last season. Wanting to have his college choice out of the way before the start of his senior season, Masina narrowed his list of finalists to BYU, San Diego State and Utah before committing to the Utes in late July 2012. As an early high school graduate, Masina participated in spring football with the Utes and is in a good spot to compete for playing time as a true freshman.