10 unheralded BYU football recruits who exceeded expectations during the last decade

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 7 2011 2:11 p.m. MST

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Ogletree was unheralded as a two-star athlete with hardly any recruiting attention when he signed with BYU. He's gone on to be a two-year starter at inside linebacker.
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PAC12Fan
South Jordan, UT

Of course this story would be the follow up story. It makes some fans feel better.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Pac12 fan. I am a BYU fan and I don't feel bad at all! Nice try though. Now onto basketball!

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

LOL! I see the PR machine is hard at damage control today. So let's see, the moral to the story is; don't fret about screwing up with a once in a decade 5 star recruit, you can always keep getting unwanted players who exceed their low expectations.

Rise and cough!

Kosta Fesenko
Chicken McNuggetville, UT

LOL! Love it! Gurney is out in damage control mode today!

Ted's of Beverly Hills
Las Vegas, Nevada

Hey Hedgie, what's Utah's men's basketball record right now?

Barney Google
Beaver, UT

How come I didn't recognize any of the 10?

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

This is the best Top 10 Unheralded players DN could come up with? Jan Jorgensen? Really? Granted, he had a very strong Freshman & Soph. year; his last two years were far less than stellar. Look as his personal stats. He seemed to play pretty soft by the end of his career, and I believe him not getting so much as a sniff from the NFL supports that. I love my Cougs, but Jorgensen's last 2 years were head-scratchers for me. I can think of many other more appropriate less heralded players over the past 10 years that I'd easily put ahead of this guy: Brady Popinga and Cameron Jensen just to name two. Pretty week Top 10 list if you ask me.

Elmer Fudd
Sandy, Utah

@ Ted's of Beverly Hills

"Hey Hedgie, what's Utah's men's basketball record right now?"

Football season isn't over yet! Why are you bringing up basketball on a football article?

Oh yeah! BYU's season ended when they lost to the Utes 54-10 in Happy Valley and their fate was sealed in some mid-major Tinker Toy Bowl against a fellow mid-major. I don't blame you for turning your attention to basketball.

Elmer Fudd
Sandy, Utah

@ Ted's of Beverly Hills

"Hey Hedgie, what's Utah's men's basketball record right now?"

Football season isn't over yet! Why are you bringing up basketball on a football article?

Oh yeah! BYU's season ended when they lost to the Utes 54-10 in Happy Valley and their fate was sealed in some mid-major Tinker Toy Bowl against a fellow mid-major. I don't blame you for turning your attention to basketball.

International Cougar Fan
Tacoma, WA

Do any cougar fans read Ute Football articles? I can't think of anything more boring than that. Ute fans love BYU football!

Samwise
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Elmer Fudd

"Football season isn't over yet! Why are you bringing up basketball on a football article?"

BYU is only a "mid major"! Why are Ute fans like you and Hedgehog commenting on a BYU article?

Oh yeah! Utah's season ended when the biggest fluke of the century happened and they beat BYU 54-10, giving something for them to grasp at to comfort then through basketball season (and losing to Colorado in football), even though it was only a "mid major". By the way, I don't blame you for wanting to completely ignore basketball.

AribaD
Spanish Fork, UT

@ So. Cal Reader - Stats don't always tell the full story. Go watch some game film and see how much Jorgensen was double teamed his Junior and Senior games.

BYU Deek
Spanish Fork, UT

I was certainly hoping to see Cody Hoffman on this list. He's an NFL caliber receiver, and his only other offer out of High School was to Sacramento State. When I first heard that BYU offered a kid that decommitted from Sac State I thought, "Seriously? this kid is a no one! Save the scholly for someone worth it." So's you that coaches know a lot more about talent, and ability than I do.
I honestly think, behind the scenes, BYU coaches told Heaps that he'd have to earn his starting job in two years, no guarantees. This is why he's transferring. Taysom Hill, who is coming home from his mission, and originally committed to Stanford was a Passing, Rushing QB in High School, cut from the mold of Luck, I'm thinking that this is the type of QB that Doman wants in the future, not a pocket passer. Both Hall and Beck had much better scrambling abilities than Heaps, just saying.

I-am-I
South Jordan, UT

yeah this is a pretty bad list. I particularly like Iona Pritchard (sarcasm). I played High school ball with him. He's a really good kid and I wish him the best, but the kid has barely seen the field and he's a kid that has exceeding expectations? Certainly there are guys who have played in last 10 years who have exceeded expectation more. The article even starts out saying, "Pritchard's career has yet to play out at BYU." That's very inconsistent with the title of "Top Ten Unheralded Recruits." Basically it says nothing has happened yet. So the question is how can someone be unheralded if they haven't done anything yet? The person that allowed this to be published this should reconsider his career.

Elmer Fudd
Sandy, Utah

@ Samwise

"Oh yeah! Utah's season ended when the biggest fluke of the century happened and they beat BYU 54-10, giving something for them to grasp at to comfort then through basketball season (and losing to Colorado in football), even though it was only a "mid major". By the way, I don't blame you for wanting to completely ignore basketball".

54-10 was a fluke? You can't be serious! How was that 54-10 thrashing a fluke? Watch the game again and you will see that Utah was flat out the better team that night. The Cougars were outplayed, out disciplined, and out coached. Utah beat BYU on both sides of the ball. The scoreboard is proof!

Utah's season didn't end after we took little brother to his room and beat him 54-10. Our season ends after our Sun Bowl game which is very satisfying for our first year in the Pac-12. BYU's season is over and has been over since your first loss which sent you to Dallas. Unless your really excited to play in the Helicopter Bowl against your fellow mid-major Tulsa? Again, I don't blame you for turning to basketball.

Zona Zone
Mesa, AZ

I'm very upset about the admissions of Utah and Colorado into the Pac-10. They are watering down the value of my Pac-10 degree.

Bleed Crimson
Sandy, Utah

@ Zona Zone

"I'm very upset about the admissions of Utah and Colorado into the Pac-10. They are watering down the value of my Pac-10 degree".

Utah and Colorado watering down the value of the Pac-10? Reevaluate your instate schools before you bash the new members who are in transition into the conference. Arizona football are the bottom dwellers and never made any noise since they joined the Pac-10. Arizona State has so much talent that they should be contending for conference titles every year. But they find ways to lose. Chokers! Utah finished sixth in the Pac-12 in which they finished ahead of Arizona, ASU, Washington State, Oregon State, Colorado, and UCLA. The Utes did pretty good with what they had in their first year. How did AU and ASU do?

The Pac-12 signed a new $3 Billion dollar TV deal which would quadruple each school's revenue. Thanks to the conference expanding to 12 teams and adding a conference Championship game. Plus this expansion was more than just about athletics. The University of Utah now associate with some of the best research schools in the world. This boosts Utah's institution tremendously!

Floyd Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK

Curtis Brown was one of the recruits under the Crowton recruitment philosophy that worked well in the BYU program and environment. During that era, too many recruits were coming in with an inadequate understanding of BYU's philosophy and Honor Code with devastating results. I am thrilled that Curtis came to BYU and thrived in BYU's unique environment. I just read a different article on him that suggsted he received more recruiting attention than this article presents. But either way, I am glad he played at BYU.

sls
Columbia, MO

I amazed that the ute fans get on here to try and rain on BYU's parade. Then they bring up academics. It is an inferiority complex with no parallel in the entire country.

I attended both BYU and Utah. There is no competition between the two in academics, because BYU is so far superior in the classroom. Utah gets some academic recognition because they have inaccessible faculty who get some federal research money because they are a state institution. The U of U is a community college when it comes to educating students.

And as to football, are there any academic All-Americans who come from the Utah football program? That is the only link between football and academics that should get any mention in a debate.

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