In February the BYU Cougars signed one of their most talented football recruiting classes in recent memory.
It could be one of the most stable classes as well, with fewer players than normal planning to serve LDS Church missions.
Seven members of the class are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are Drew Phillips, Joshua Quezada, Blair Tushaus, Kori Gaines, Jordan Johnson, Collin Keoshian, and Tayo Fabuluje.
In addition, star recruits Jake Heaps and Ross Apo are not expected to serve, while the very talented Alani Fua is already married. That’s a total of at least 10 of the 26 recruits that are not planning to interrupt their playing careers to serve missions.
Of course, several of those student-athletes are expected to be key contributors to the program.
There are also a handful of other recruits in the class who are currently undecided on a mission, so it appears at this point that around half of the 2010 class could be available to Bronco Mendenhall for four or five straight years. Such a development would be a real anomaly in the Bronco era.
While BYU and the coaching staff obviously support and encourage players to serve missions, such continuity could be a big factor for the Cougar program over the next few years.