Jake Heaps was considered to be the top BYU football recruit ever signed by school, according to most recruiting services. Over the years, BYU has signed its share of five- and four-star talent with varying results in regards to future performance. Going primarily off of scout.com's rankings, here's the top 10 athletes signed by BYU since 2002, when such rankings were first made available.
Van Noy was rated as a four-star prospect and as the No. 11 linebacker nationally in 2009 by scout.com.
Van Noy has been a huge success for BYU, joining the program in 2010 and playing a significant part in its defensive success. Coach Bronco Mendenhall has widely acknowledged Van Noy as being his best play-maker on defense throughout the 2011 season.
Wilson was given four stars and rated as the No. 9 prospect nationally at his position.
Wilson has seen playing time during both the 2010 and 2011 seasons, but has been beset by injuries since joining the program.
Stout was rated as a four-star prospect and as the No. 8 prospect at his position by scout.com.
Stout saw playing time as a true freshman, but saw his season cut short due to an injury that has kept him out of the 2011 season.
Reynolds was rated as a four-star prospect and as the No. 8 OL prospect nationally by scout.com.
Reynolds will finish his career at BYU as a four-year starter, playing primarily at the left tackle spot throughout his career.
Hot was rated as a four-star prospect and as the No. 5 tight end prospect nationally.
Holt emerged as the Cougars' starting tight end this season before going down with a season-ending ACL injury.
Williams was a five-star prospect who has the distinction of not signing just once, but twice with BYU.
Williams never joined the program, however, and sort of just disappeared after being ranked so highly by most recruiting services.
Young was a JC transfer from Dixie State college and rated as a five-star prospect by scout.com.
Young was signed as a DL prospect, but switched over to the offensive line where he saw some good success, starting in two seasons at BYU. He had a brief stint in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Was given five-stars by scout.com and was rated as its No. 3 quarterback nationally the year he signed.
Olson played at BYU for one year before electing to serve an LDS Church mission. He transferred to UCLA post-mission and was never able to live up to his hype due primarily to an unfortunate string of injuries.
Was rated as a four-star prospect and as the No. 2 player nationally at his position by scout.com.
Mohetau started as a true freshman, but struggled before electing to leave BYU due to academic problems, among other issues. He ended up at Texas Tech, and started there for a season.
Rated as a five-star prospect and the No. 1 prospect nationally at his position.
Heaps ended his first season at BYU as the starter and living up to a lot of the hype he had received coming in. He struggled in 2011, however, lost his starting job and ended up leaving the program.