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Signing day: Biographies of 2012 BYU Cougars football recruiting class

Published: Saturday, Aug. 29 2015 6:46 a.m. MDT

Tanner Mangum of Eagle, Idaho, is rated No. 1 prospect in the state of Idaho, No. 3 overall quarterback in the nation and No. 59 overall prospect by Rivals.com. (Eagle High School) Tanner Mangum of Eagle, Idaho, is rated No. 1 prospect in the state of Idaho, No. 3 overall quarterback in the nation and No. 59 overall prospect by Rivals.com. (Eagle High School)

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PROVO — It's been a busy morning on National Signing Day for BYU.

The Cougars have secured a handful of national letters of intent, with defensive lineman Marques Johnson, an El Camino Junior College transfer, being the first to sign. Among the other first signees included the three quarterbacks that are also part of this class: Tanner Mangum, Taysom Hill and Ammon Olsen.

The following players have officially signed with BYU (this list will be updated throughout the day):

Tanner Mangum

Quarterback
6-3, 195
Eagle, Idaho

Lone Peak\'s Micah Hannemann (4) and Mountain Crest\'s Nick Neely scramble for a fumble during their high school match-up at Rice-Eccles Stadium August 28, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah  (Keith Johnson, Deseret News) Lone Peak\'s Micah Hannemann (4) and Mountain Crest\'s Nick Neely scramble for a fumble during their high school match-up at Rice-Eccles Stadium August 28, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah (Keith Johnson, Deseret News)
Eagle HS

Rated No. 1 prospect in the state of Idaho, No. 3 overall quarterback in the nation and No. 59 overall prospect by Rivals.com ... rated No. 15 quarterback by Scout.com ... Co-MVP of Elite 11 Camp ... MVP of the Under Armour All-America Game ... participated in The Opening, a five-day Nike football event and was named to the 7on7 All-Tournament team after leading his squad to the championship game ... 5A Southern Idaho Conference Offensive Player of the Year ... All-State ... completed a school-record 268 of 393 passes for 3,885 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior ... set a single-game school record completing 37 of 53 passes for 469 yards and six touchdowns ... threw for 874 yards and 10 touchdowns before missing most of his junior year with a an injury ... Academic All-Conference all of high school ... ESPN lists him as "an efficient, technically consistent pocket passer that is an above average athlete as well" ... older brother, Parker, also played football at BYU while sister, Meredith, played soccer at Boise State ... also recruited by Arkansas, Boise State, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Utah and Washington State ... coached by Paul Peterson

Davis\' 44 Troy Hinds celebrates his first half touchdown past Sracuse\'s 15 Koa Mo\'o and 3 Gibby Eidem during the Davis High vs. Syracuse High at Syracuse High School on Friday, September 16, 2011. (Deseret News Archives) Davis\' 44 Troy Hinds celebrates his first half touchdown past Sracuse\'s 15 Koa Mo\'o and 3 Gibby Eidem during the Davis High vs. Syracuse High at Syracuse High School on Friday, September 16, 2011. (Deseret News Archives)

Phillip Amone

Linebacker
6-0, 230
Orlando, FL
Dr. Phillips High School

2011 All-Metro West Conference ... team captain and defensive MVP ... had 50 tackles in four games, including a season-high 16 tackles in the third game of the season before tearing his ACL in October of his senior year ... as a junior totaled 128 tackles, 5 sacks and an interception ... led high school team to 45-4 record in career ... helped school win 36-straight regular-season games ... in state title game junior season ... principal's honor roll ... National Honors Society ... has seven brothers and sisters ... also recruited by Florida Atlantic, Duke, Miami, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin ... coached by Rodney Wells

Ammon Olsen, QB, Alta HS (Tom Smart) Ammon Olsen, QB, Alta HS (Tom Smart)

Marques Johnson

Defensive Lineman
6-2, 310
Los Angeles, Calif.
El Camino CC
*mid-year enrollee

First-team All-League, Second-team All-City ... Team captain and lineman of the year ... led El Camino to a No. 2 ranking in sacks (38), pass defense (176.5 ypg) and scoring defense (19 ppg) and No. 3 in total defense (288.5 ypg) ... recorded a team-high 14.5 tackles for loss for minus-38 yards, four sacks, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble ... earned Scholar Baller Award ... has three brothers and sisters ... also recruited by Indiana, Washington State and Texas Tech ... coached by Ruffin Patterson

Lone Peak quarterback Chase Hansen get tackled by Alta\'s Rhett Sandlin during the first half of a football game at Lone Peak High School in Highland on Friday, September 24, 2010. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Lone Peak quarterback Chase Hansen get tackled by Alta\'s Rhett Sandlin during the first half of a football game at Lone Peak High School in Highland on Friday, September 24, 2010. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

Ammon Olsen

Quarterback
6-3, 198
Draper, Utah
Alta HS
*mid-year enrollee

Utah's 5A Most Valuable Player and Gatorade Player of the Year honors as a senior while leading Alta High School to the 2008 state title ... completed 193 of 306 passes (63.1 percent) for 3,209 yards and 36 touchdowns and ran for 860 yards and another 11 scores as a senior while leading his team to four second-half comeback wins ... member of back-to-back state championship teams in 2007 and 2008 as well as three consecutive region title teams ... exceptional athlete was also a three-year letterman on the AHS basketball team, earning Region 2 MVP honors as a senior ... Attended Southern Utah University as a freshman in 2009, playing in six games while completing 57.1 percent of his passes (8-of-14) for 115 yards and two touchdowns ... added 44 yards rushing on 10 carries (4.4 ypc) ... served an LDS mission to Mexico City ... coached in high school by Les Hamilton

Alta\'s Steven Richards runs as Timpview\'s Kaimana Clark makes a tackle as Timpview High School plays at Alta High School for the opening game of the football season Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in Sandy, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Alta\'s Steven Richards runs as Timpview\'s Kaimana Clark makes a tackle as Timpview High School plays at Alta High School for the opening game of the football season Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in Sandy, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

Taysom Hill

Quarterback
6-2, 210
Pocatello, Idaho
Highland HS
*mid-year enrollee

2008 5A All-Idaho Player of the Year as a senior after quarterbacking Highland to its first state title since 2002 ... listed as the 30th-best quarterback prospect in the nation coming out of high school in 2009 by Scout.com and Rivals.com ... listed as the top recruit in the state of Idaho by Rivals.com ... led Highland to the Idaho State 5A championship as a senior ... Idaho's Gatorade High School Player of the Year as a senior ... first team all-state selection also earned all-region and conference player of the year accolades ... completed 166-of-258 passes (64.3 percent) and threw for 2,269 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior ... also rushed for 1,491 yards and 24 TDs, averaging 10.2 yards per carry and 124.3 rushing yards per game ... holds school single-season and career records for total offense ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... older brother Jordan played defensive tackle at Arizona State and other brother Dexter played quarterback at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College, Northern Iowa and Dixie State (Utah) ... served LDS mission to Sydney, Australia ... originally committed to Stanford before mission ... also recruited by Arizona, Washington State, Boise State and Utah ... coached by Gino Mariani

Josh Weeks

Wide Receiver
6-4, 200
Show Low, Ariz.
Show Low HS

Maxpreps All-American (2009, 2010) ... 2011 AzFCA All-State ... selected to play in 2011 Semper Fi All-American Bowl ... AZ Republic All-Arizona (2009, 2010, 2011) ... set six 3A Arizona high school records in career and is Arizona's all-time leader in career receptions (187) and receiving yards (3,851) and receiving touchdowns (46) ... played multiple positions as a senior and rushed 130 times for 1,161 yards and 13 touchdowns, caught 38 passes for 540 yards and 5 touchdowns and threw for 527 yards and 8 touchdowns ... as a junior caught 73 passes for 1,561 yards and 20 touchdowns ... had 47 receptions, 1,223 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore ... won 2010 3A state championship ... also ran track and won the 2011 400-meter state title ... National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete of the Year (2011) ... also recruited by Florida, Florida State, Nevada, North Carolina, Arizona, Arizona State and Ohio State ... coached by Randy Ricedorff

Micah Hannemann

Defensive Back
6-1, 190
Alpine, UT
Lone Peak HS

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

Linebacker
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
6-7, 260
Jackson, Calif.
Argonaut High School

2011 Cal-Hi All-State First Team ... 2011 League MVP, 2011 All-Area Second Team Defense, 2010 First team All-League ... ranked the No. 12 defensive end in the west and No. 78 overall player in California by Scout.com ... recorded 70 tackles, 2 sacks and scored two defensive touchdowns (1 fumble recovery and 1 interception return) as a senior ... also caught 10 passes for 325 yards, 4 touchdowns and caught a 2-point conversion at tight end ... recorded 109 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 blocked kicks and recovered a fumble as a junior while catching 8 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown at tight end ... Academic All-League in 2010 and 2011 ... was student-body president as a senior ... . Honor roll all four years of high school also was All-League in basketball in 2010 and 2011 ... also recruited by Utah, Air Force, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, UCLA, Arizona, Army, Harvard and Utah State ... coached by Rich Davis

Matthew Hadley

Defensive Back
5-11, 190
Connell, Wash.
Connell High School

Rushed for 2,516 yards and state-record 47 touchdowns as a junior while also scoring three more touchdowns on defense and special teams ... finished high school career with 6,881 rushing yards and scored a state-record 746 points ... had 168 rushing yards and three touchdowns, including scoring runs of 70 and 40 yards, in state title game as a senior ... won two 1A state titles (2009, 2011) ... 1A Player of the Year (2009, 2010) ... Played running back and defensive back ... had 2,162 rushing yards as a senior ... coached by Zach Fife

Theodore King

Defensive Line
6-3, 235
San Jose, Calif.
Valley Christian School

All-Area First Team, All-Mercury honorable mention, All-League honorable mention ... led team to a conference title as a junior and a second-place regional finish ... participated in Nike SPARQ combine in Oakland and named to All-Combine squad with a 90.24 rating (sixth among defensive players) ... also recruited by Fresno State, Nevada, Oregon State, Sacramento State and San Jose State ... coached by Mike Machado

Jherremya Leuta-Douyere

Linebacker
6-1, 235
Garden Grove, Calif.
Servite HS

First-team Trinity League ... First-team All-Pac 5 ... 2011 Trinity League Defensive MVP ... team co-captain ... won state title as a sophomore ... played linebacker, defensive end, fullback and offensive guard in high school ... rated No. 5 fullback in the nation by Scout.com ... also recruited by Oregon State, Colorado, Hawaii and UCLA ... coached by Troy Thomas

Dylan Collie

Wide Receiver
5-11, 175
El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Oak Ridge HS

First-team All-Metro, First-team All-League, and Offensive MVP … as a senior caught 47 passes for 660 yards and 8 touchdowns and rushed 42 times for 179 yards and 3 touchdowns … caught nine passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns in roughly just one half of work in one game senior year … also played quarterback part of senior year due to injuries and passed for 345 yards and five touchdowns … had at least 100 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns in each his playoff games … caught 42 passes for 543 yards and 8 touchdowns his junior year … brothers Zac and Austin both played wider receiver for BYU, along with father Scott … recruited by Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Utah and Washington State … coached by Eric Cavaliere

Butch Pau'u

Linebacker
6-0, 220
Anaheim, Calif.
Servite HS

First-team All-State, First-team All-County and First-team All-Orange County while picking up Trinity League Defensive Player of the Year honors … one of six ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports All-State Multi-Purpose First Team selections in 2011 as a LB/TE … No. 19 overall middle linebacker and No. 51 overall prospect in California on Rivals.com … No. 21 overall middle linebacker on Scout.com …Earned MVP linebacker honors at the LA Nike Camp in 2011 … played in state championship game in 2010 … helped team to CIF titles in 2010 and Trinity League titles in 2010 and 2011 … also played basketball … also recruited by Colorado, Utah, Washington, Iowa State, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State … coached by Troy Thomas

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