Can you believe Signing Day 2014 will mark the 10th signing day class as head coach at BYU? Time sure does fly. Seems like yesterday Mendenhall went to the podium in front of the Cougar Club on Signing Day 2005 and didn’t give your typical Signing Day speech. He referenced the Army of Helaman and talked about these signings spiritual beliefs and the type of character these young men had. Many people, including the folks at ESPN the Magazine were skeptical that an approach like this could work in the big-time world of College Football. Nine seasons later with five of those years winning 10+ games, Mendenhall has done a solid job returning BYU back to respectability.
Who have been some of the top players that Mendenhall signed under his watch? This is a top 25 list of all those guys.
Keep in mind that I only included high school guys and junior college transfers. Players that transferred from another FBS school are not included on this list. So you won’t see Max Hall (Arizona State), Jan Jorgensen (Kentucky), Taysom Hill (Stanford), or other transfers. These are guys that faxed their letters of intent to Coach Mendenhall on a Signing Day for their particular year.
Also, I based this list on production at BYU only. The NFL was not factored into this.
Go through the slideshow and check out the list. After you’re done post your thoughts on who you think the top signees of the Mendenhall era have been?