BYU announces 2012 signing class

On Wednesday, BYU's football program announced the signing of 17 players in the 2012 recruiting class. In addition, Coach Mendenhall said he also likes to include returning missionaries among each year's signing class, and BYU will be bolstered this year by the return of 12 missionaries. When comparing this class to all his others, Mendenhall said it is the most prepared.

On Wednesday the Cougars signed 17 new recruits in Phillip Amone (LB), Dylan Collie (WR), Matt Hadley (DB), Micah Hannemann (DB), Taysom Hill (QB), Troy Hinds (LB), Austin Hoyt (OL), Marques Johnson (DL), Theodore King (DL), Jherremya Leuta-Douyere (LB), Tanner Mangum (QB), Ammon Olsen (QB), Butch Pau'u (LB), Steven Richards (DL), Rhett Sandlin (LB), Josh Weeks (WR) and Jamaal Williams (RB).

Meanwhile, the team will gain 12 return missionaries in Terrance Alletto (OL), Trevor Bateman (DB), Craig Bills (DB), Tui Crichton (DL), Jacob Hannemann (DB), Bronson Kaufusi (DL), Mitch Mathews (WR), Remington Peck (DL), Brett Thompson (WR), Russell Tialavea (DL), Fono Vakalahi (OL) and Brad Wilcox (OL).

Speaking to the Cougar Club during the signing day luncheon, Mendenhall said that he is interested in two criteria when evaluating recruits.

"One, are they qualified for BYU? That means are they already ecclesiastically endorsed, have extremely high grade point averages, can help us win a national championship and will live by the standards of the Church."

All of this year's recruits meet those standards, Mendenhall said.

The other criteria he looks for is whether a recruit needs BYU.

"Every year there will be a special one or two or three that I think need BYU, and what I believe is this place can change lives."

Mendenhall said that choosing who can benefit from coming to BYU is a decision he takes more seriously than any other. These recruits, he said, are typically the ones that waver in their commitment because they want the BYU experience but are not sure that are qualified for it.

But regarding this class, Mendenhall said he believes it is more prepared for BYU than any of his past classes.

Total Blue Sports will have much more on the 2012 recruiting class and signing day.

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