PROVO — Every year, the recruiting services pinpoint prospects that fans should keep on their radars. As illustrated by our top BYU prospects list posted Dec. 6, the coveted four- and five-star athletes who committed to BYU have netted mixed results. Each year there is also a plethora of athletes who sign with BYU that don't receive such hype or advanced billing. Here are 10 of the more under-hyped players BYU has signed over the past decade who went on to make some noise for the Cougars.
Pritchard's career has yet to play out, but he has fared extremely well, making significant contributions as a true freshman at both fullback and linebacker positions. Pritchard received his BYU offer very late in the process and was perceived as a backup prospect for BYU, as his offer came through when other prospective players elected not to commit to BYU. He was unranked as a prospect and received two stars from scout.com.
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.
Manumaleuna has started every season he's played at BYU after being assigned just two stars by scout.com and unranked at his position. The Alaska native wasn't pursued by anyone out of high school, electing to commit early to BYU when they came forward with an offer.
Dulan certainly appeared as one of those fill-in signees, committing very late in the process while being recruited by no one else besides BYU. Unranked, he certainly wasn't the player pinpointed to start as a true freshman from the 2006 class, but he did exactly that. He went on to start at defensive end for three straight seasons before electing to serve an LDS mission.
Tonga originally signed with Utah, but decided to resign with the Cougars following his mission as Utah didn't have a scholarship available upon his return. An unranked prospect, he was the last commit of the 2005 class and went on to start four straight seasons at the fullback position.
Logan wasn't thought of as a ready option at the cornerback position when signed in 2009. He didn't receive near the hype of such players as Lee Aguirre coming in, but proved to be a solid starter in each of his two years starting at the cornerback position. He was rated as a two-star prospect by scout.com.
Kehl was rated as only a two-star prospect by scout.com and unranked as a linebacker prospect. He went on to find amazing success at BYU, and went on to enjoy a solid career in the NFL.
Although he was pursued heavily by Utah, Unga received two stars, no position ranking and almost no attention nationally as a top recruit at his position. He went on to start three straight seasons at running back during his record-setting career at BYU.
Jorgensen was one of those guys who just showed up on BYU's signing list and certainly wasn't the player you would peg from the 2005 signing class who would start four straight seasons. Jorgensen, unranked as a defensive line prospect, did become a four-year starter while setting sack records from his defensive end position.
Brown was signed by BYU as an unranked prospect with the Cougars standing as his lone offer. The 2002 class saw a lot of top prospects signed, with Brown being a bit of an afterthought. Brown went on to set the all-time Cougar rushing mark with 3,193 career yards and played a huge role in BYU's renewed success under coach Bronco Mendenhall.