Top 25 BYU Football Players Signed in the Bronco Mendenhall Era

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Nov 9, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Head coach Bronco Mendenhall leads the Brigham Young Cougars on to the field prior to the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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?

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  • Jeffe26

    Umm you have Daniel Sorensen at #4? Sorensen is a good player, but not in the same league as some of the others. I think that Ogletree should have been ranked ahead of him. And Jamaal Williams at #12? He will likely be the All-time leading Rusher before his time is done at BYU. He is easily in the top 5 of Bronco’s best recruits. And I’m a little embarrassed to point this out but… No Taysom Hill? Another player that should be in the top 5.

    • Mitch Harper

      Taysom Hill was a transfer from Stanford. I pointed out Hill, Jan Jorgensen, Max Hall and other FBS transfers in the opening part of the article. This was a list that only included signees out of High School or Junior College. Sorensen was a very good player. And with Jamaal I mentioned that he could end up the all-time leading rusher. The exciting thing about Williams is that he has barely scratched the surface. Tremendous upside. He needs to perform in big games however. That’s why he is not in the top 10 yet. But if we put this out in another year, he definitely will be barring injury.

  • Raymond Price

    Taysom Hill isn’t on the list? You would think that someone who won Gatorade player of the year in 2008 and put up over 1000 yards rushing and 2,500 yards passing in his first year as a starter would at least be in the top 25.

  • Mitch Harper

    Taysom Hill was a transfer. That is why he is not included on this list. This list only contains players that signed with BYU out of High School or Junior College. Hill of course went with Jim Harbaugh and Stanford. That’s why Max Hall, Jan Jorgensen, Manase Tonga are not on this list either.

  • Craig Dent

    What about Manase Tonga? I don’t know about you, but he was a BEAST! I know that Bronco is fairly new, but this kid was a stud and opened up a lot of holes and was a key part in almost all of Bronco’s memorable games.