Signing day: Biographies of 2012 BYU Cougars football recruiting class

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 1 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

5A First Team All-State in 2011 ... honorable mention All-State in 2010 ... won 5A state title in 2011 ... helped Lone Peak to 25-2 record in two years ... recorded 58 tackles, two sacks, six pass breakups and forced one fumble as a senior ... also caught 35 passes for 526 yards and eight touchdowns ... brother, Jacob, will also play defensive back for BYU ... also recruited by Southern Utah, Utah and Utah State ... coached by Tony McGeary

Troy Hinds

Outside Linebacker

6-5, 235

Kaysville, Utah

Davis HS

Four-star recruit by Rivals.com, rated the No. 14 defensive end and No. 2 overall prospect in state of Utah ... four-star recruit by Scout.com, ranked the No. 23 overall defensive end ... 5A All-State selection all four years of high school ... Maxpreps All-American ... All-Region MVP and All-Area MVP ... led team in sacks as sophomore (8.0), junior (7.5) and senior (9.0) ... led team in tackles sophomore (96) ... led Davis to a league title in 2009 and 23-9-1 record in three years ... recorded 7 tackles, one sack and caught a 39-yard touchdown pass in a 14-10 victory over Syracuse as a senior ... forced four fumbles as a senior ... also lettered in basketball and track ... also recruited by Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Georgia Tech, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma Stanford, UCLA, Utah and Washington State ... coached by Ryan Bishop

Rhett Sandlin


6-3, 225

Sandy, Utah

Alta HS

Rated No. 59 at the safety position and seventh-best prospect in Utah by Rivals.com ... 5A All-State honorable mention (2010, 2011) ... All-Region First Team selection (2010, 2011) ... Utah Elite 33 Tanoa Bowl ... as a senior, led team to 9-2 record, league title and regional runner-up finish ... totaled 84 tackles, 3.0 sacks, five pass deflections, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior at linebacker ... played safety and linebacker as a junior and totaled 117 tackles, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception ... 3-year starter and four-year letterwinner ... also recruited by Stanford, Oregon State, Washington, Wyoming and Utah ... coached by Robert Stevens

Steven Richards

Defensive Line

6-4, 240

Sandy, Utah

Alta HS

5A All-State honorable mention (2011) ... All-Region First Team selection (2011) ... recorded 30 receptions for 393 yards and four touchdowns as a senior at tight end ... led Alta to a 9-2 record, league title and regional runner-up finish ... as a junior caught 28 passes for 336 yards and one touchdown ... does a great job of catching the ball with his hands, shows surprising quickness and moves after the catch, and knows how to get open ... also recruited by Utah State, Stanford and UCLA ... coached by Les Hamilton

Jamaal Williams

Running Back

6-1, 193

Fontana, Calif.

Summit HS

League and CIF offensive MVP ... First-team All-CIF, First-team All-League ... CIF Championship as a senior with a 13-1 record and league title ... had 141 rushes for 1,252 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior ... also recorded 13 receptions for 254 yards and 1 touchdown ... rushed 93 times for 717 yards a junior with 11 touchdowns ... assistant coach was Tony Crutchfield, former BYU defensive back ... also recruited by Boise State, Arizona State, Utah, Idaho, San Diego State, UCLA and Oregon ... coached by Tony Barile

Austin Hoyt

Offensive Line

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