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.