Courtesy BYU Media Relations

PROVO, Utah (Feb. 2, 2011) ? BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall today announced the Cougars? 2011 football recruiting class featuring 19 talented prospects. The class includes 12 defensive, six offensive and one special teams players.

"This class reflects a continuation of our existing recruiting philosophy, which has helped produce one of the most successful programs in the country,? Mendenhall said. ?We recruit young men who are excellent football players, quality students and exceptional individuals. This class is passionate about coming to BYU, and we are excited to have them be part of BYU football.?

The 2011 class features 17 high school seniors and two junior college transfers.

Twelve high school recruits are first-team all-state honorees while two are second-team selections. The Cougars signed the most top-20 prospects from Utah, getting commitments from eight of the state?s top players.

Mid-year enrollee Ryker Mathews, a 6-6, 270-pound offensive lineman from American Fork, Utah, is rated the state?s No. 1 recruit by Rivals.com. Joining Mathews in the state?s top 20 include defensive linemen Moses Kaumatule, Baker Pritchard and Kesni Tausinga along with linebackers Austin Heder and Manoa Pikula, tight end Colby Jorgensen and offensive lineman Ului Lapuaho.

In addition, five recruits are rated in the top 50 at their respective positions by Scout.com, including Pikula (No. 8 fullback), Jorgensen (No. 28 tight end), Heder (No. 30 middle linebacker), Adam Pulsipher (No. 41 middle linebacker) and Mathews (No. 43 offensive lineman).

Overall, the Cougars signed five defensive lineman, five linebackers and two defensive backs on the defensive side of the ball, while adding three offensive lineman, two tight ends and one quarterback on offense as well one kicker to special teams.

Thirteen recruits hail from Utah, including four from the two-time defending 5A state champion Bingham Miners, while four come from California and one each from Arizona and Oklahoma.

This year?s recruiting class will be augmented this fall with 14 former players or signees who are returning from missions for the 2011 season. BYU becomes an independent program in 2011 after achieving a 50-15 record over the last five seasons, including four bowl victories. Only eight teams have more wins over that span and only 11 teams have won bowl games four of the past five seasons.

Brief biographies and a complete list of BYU?s 2011 class as well as returning missionaries are included below.

Brief biographies and a complete list of BYU?s 2011 class as well as returning missionaries are included below.

Baker Pritchard Defensive Lineman 6-2, 240 South Jordan, Utah Bingham HS

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5A All-State Second Team in 2010 by Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune ... Ranked No. 8 in the state and No. 37 among national defensive ends in the country by Rivals.com ... No. 27 Midlands prospect by SuperPrep Magazine ... ranked No. 49 defensive end by Scouts.com ... Region 3 DL MVP ... helped Bingham win the 5A state title in 2009 and 2010 and Region 3 championships all three years ... had 69 tackles and two sacks junior year ... older brother, Iona, played football for BYU in 2008 and returned from his mission this year ... also recruited by Oregon State ... coached by Dave Peck

Alex Kuresa Quarterback 6-1, 165 Millville, Utah Mountain Crest HS

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2010 Utah Gatorade Player of the Year ... 2010 Deseret News Mr. Football ... 4A All-State First Team in 2010 by Salt Lake Tribune ... Deseret News 4A All-State First Team in 2009 ... owns nearly all state quarterback records, including total offense (12,917), passing yards (10,951), passing touchdowns (101), completions (751), and attempts (1,154) ... Region 5 MVP in 2009 and 2010 ... threw for 3,983 yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior ... started at quarterback as a freshman, completing his first 18 passes for 180 yards in the first high school game of his career ... led Mountain Crest to the 4A championship game in 2010 before losing by a point in double-overtime ... went to three-straight semifinal appearances the years before ... in 2010 state semifinal, set semifinal records by completing 34-of-55 passes for 444 yards and four touchdowns ... had a 33-8 record as a starting quarterback ... also lettered twice in basketball ... brother Jake played football at BYU and cousin Tyler Haws played basketball for the Cougars ... also recruited by Utah, Oregon, Stanford, Colorado and Utah State ... coached by Mark Wootton

Corey Edwards Kicker 5-11, 190 Hurricane, Utah Hurricane HS

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2010, 2009 All-State First Team by Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune ... 2010, 2009 All-Region 9 First Team ... three-time All-Region First Team ... finished second all-time in state history with 170 PATs and third in state history with 19 career field goals ... kicked eight field goals and 57 PATs in 2010 with a touchback percentage of 96% ... converted 57 extra-point attempts and 6 field goals, including a long of 51 yards, in 2009 ... kicked 56 extra point attempts and 6 field goals in 2008 ... kicked six PATs or more in six games in 2010 ... scored 13 points, including a 48-yard field goal, in a win over Dixie in 2010 ... helped Hurricane to 3A state championship three-straight years ... Region 9 champions three-straight years ... kicked six PATs in two different games in the 2010 playoffs ... three-year letterwinner and pitcher on baseball team ... father and uncle played football at BYU ... grand-nephew of Hall of Fame BYU coach LaVell Edwards ... also recruited by Utah, Utah State, Stanford, Arizona, Missouri, Hawaii, Colorado and Cincinnati ... coached by Chris Homer

Aulelio Olomua Linebacker 6-4, 225 Mesa, Ariz. Mesa HS

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2A Defensive MVP ... All-State First Team ... Altotaled 50 tackles and six sacks while adding nine receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns in 2010 ... during junior year at Red Mesa High, recorded 94 tackles and 23 sacks while catching 34 passes for 569 yards and nine touchdowns ... cousin is BYU teammate Famika Anae ... brother Bristol played wide receiver at BYU ... also recruited by Nebraska, Arizona State, Colorado, Duke, Oregon State, Utah and Arizona ... coached by his father, Pita, and Kelley Moore

Joe Sampson Defensive Back 6-0, 205 Oakland, Calif. College of San Mateo