Courtesy of BYU Athletics
PROVO, Utah â€“ BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall today announced the Cougarsâ€™ national top-25 football recruiting class, featuring 26 talented recruits. The top class of Mendenhallâ€™s five-year tenure in Provo, BYUâ€™s 2010 signees include 14 defensive and 12 offensive standouts.
"Iâ€™m extremely excited about this class,â€ Mendenhall said. â€œThis class is full of outstanding young men who are fantastic football players and quality individuals. I think they share a common vision for our program. We are excited to have them be part of BYU football.â€
The 2010 class features 26 high-school seniors, including three mid-year enrolleesâ€”quarterback Jake Heaps, wide receiver Ross Apo and running back Joshua Quezadaâ€”who signed scholarship agreements in December. 2009 signee Kyle Van Noy also enrolled in January, adding to the overall strength of BYUâ€™s incoming players. Scout.com rated Van Noy the No. 11 outside linebacker nationally in 2009.
Six Cougar signees in the 2010 class are rated among the top 20 recruits nationally at their respective positions, including Heaps (No. 1 quarterback by Scout.com), Zac Stout (No. 8 middle linebacker by Scout.com), Graham Rowley (No. 11 guard by Scout.com), Apo (No. 13 wide receiver by Rivals.com), Blair Tushaus (No. 15 center by Scout.com) and Bronson Kaufusi (No. 19 defensive end by Scout.com).
The Cougars signed 10 of the top 16 players from Utah, including the stateâ€™s top-rated prospect, Kaufusi out of Timpview High School, and the 2009 Deseret News Mr. Football recipient Tuni Kanuch, an offensive lineman out of Bingham High School.
Joining Kaufusi and Kanuch (No. 6) among the top 16 recruits from Utah signing with BYU are linebacker Toloaâ€™i Ho-Ching (No. 5, Alta High School), Kanuch (No. 6), linebacker Sae Tautu (No. 8, Lone Peak High School), offensive lineman Jordan Black (No. 9, Alta High School), tight end Bryan Sampson (No. 10, Pleasant Grove High School), linebacker Joey Owens (No. 11, Pleasant Grove High School), running back Algernon Brown (No. 13, Skyline High School), defensive lineman Jordan Afo (No. 15, Cottonwood High School) and offensive lineman Manu Mulitalo (No. 16, Granger High School).
Overall, the Cougars signed four offensive linemen, four running backs, two tight ends, one quarterback and one wide receiver on the offensive side of the ball and six linebackers, five defensive lineman and three defensive backs to the defensive unit. Eleven recruits hail from Utah, five from California and three from Texas while Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Kansas, Arizona, Washington and Hawaii are also represented in the class. 2009 signee Van Noy prepped in Nevada.
BYU's class is ranked No. 22 in the nation by Scout.com and No. 24 by ESPN.comâ€”the top-rated recruiting effort from the Mountain West Conference and among schools from a non-automatic qualifying BCS conference. This yearâ€™s BYU class tops its No. 40 Scout.com rating in 2009 and No. 42 class in 2007.
BYUâ€™s recruiting efforts have helped the Cougars become one of only five programs in the nation to win 10 or more games each of the last four years. BYU has earned a 43-9 record over that spanâ€”a standard topped by only four teams nationallyâ€”while finishing among the nationâ€™s top 25 each year. In 2009, BYU went 11-2 to finish No. 12 in the final rankings.
2010 BYU Football Signees Roster
Name Pos. Height Weight Hometown/Last School
Jordan Afo DL 6-4 300 Salt Lake City, Utah/Cottonwood HS
Ross Apo WR 6-4 190 Arlington, Texas/The Oakridge School
Jordan Black OL 6-7 235 Sandy, Utah/Alta HS
Algernon Brown RB 6-1 205 Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline HS
Tayo Fabuluje DL 6-6 255 Arlington, Texas/The Oakridge School
Alani Fua DL/TE 6-5 210 Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian HS
Kori Gaines DB 5-9 170 Loganville, Ga./Grayson HS
Jacob Hannemann DB 6-1 190 Highland, Utah/Lone Peak HS
Jake Heaps QB 6-2 205 Issaquah, Wash./Skyline HS
Toloaâ€™I Ho-Ching LB 6-0 225 Sandy, Utah/Alta HS
Jordan Johnson DB 5-10 175 North Andover, Mass./Brooks School
Tuni Kanuch OL 6-1 285 South Jordan, Utah/Bingham HS
Bronson Kaufusi DL 6-6 220 Provo, Utah/Timpview HS
Teu Kautai LB 6-1 200 Arlington, Texas/The Oakridge School
Collin Keoshian LB 6-2 225 Canyon Country, Calif./Santa Clarita Christian
AJ Moore RB 5-10 190 Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS
Manu Mulitalo OL 6-3 305 West Valley City, Utah/Granger HS
Joey Owens LB 6-2 215 Pleasant Grove, Utah/Pleasant Grove HS
Drew Phillips RB 6-0 175 Boaz, Ala./Boaz HS
Joshua Quezada RB 5-11 210 La Habra, Calif./La Habra HS
Graham Rowley DL 6-4 270 Waialua, Hawaii/Waialua HS
Bryan Sampson TE 6-4 210 Pleasant Grove, Utah/Pleasant Grove HS
Zac Stout LB 6-2 220 Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian HS
Sae Tautu LB 6-3 215 Highland, Utah/Lone Peak HS
Travis Tuiloma DL 6-3 290 Topeka, Kan./Washburn Rural HS
Blair Tushaus OL 6-2 270 Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep.
*Kyle Van Noy LB 6-4 209 Reno, Nev./McQueen HS
*Member of the 2009 recruiting class who enrolled in January