BYU football and head coach Bronco Mendenhall finished a celebratory day today after welcoming 17 recruits to the Cougar program.
Coaches began the morning excited as fax after fax came in with each member of the 2012 class. As each recruit came in, Joe DuPaix, recruiting coordinator and running backs coach, taped the player's picture on the wall of the football offices as Mendenhall offered each a congratulatory phone call.
Later, Cougar Club members met in the Cougar Room at Edwards Stadium and via online video as Mendenhall reviewed the football program's accomplishments, then spoke on each recruit and missionaries returning to the team this season. DuPaix then expounded on each recruit before taking questions from the audience.
Meanwhile, Mendenhall next participated in a press conference with members of the media at the BYU Broadcast Building which was streamed live (and is available for on demand viewing) at byutvsports.com.
Ending the day, coaches Mendenhall and DuPaix, director of athletics Tom Holmoe, current players Riley Nelson and Brett Thompson and former Cougars and NFL players Chris Hoke (via phone), Bryan Kehl and David Nixon all gathered at the Broadcast Building to record interviews for a BYUtv Signing Day special.
Mendenhall and DuPaix described each player in detail, with a few personal insights such as Matt Hadley's mother serving great meals and Micah Hannemann's surfing expertise.
"It's a great day to celebrate this class and we're really excited about it," DuPaix said.
Coming on the show with a shorter head of hair ("I'm not a one-trick pony," Nelson said), the senior quarterback talked about the 2011 season and what it was like returning back to football from a mission, something Thompson is attempting to do after returning from the Kentucky Louisville Mission one month ago. Thompson last played in 2009 when he caught six receptions for 95 yards in 12 games.
Click here to watch a replay of the Signing Day Special.
Players will continue to lifting and conditioning with spring practice beginning March 5.