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BYU recruiting class shaping up to be non-AQs best

The buzz about BYU’s recruiting class began well before the 2009 season started.

That’s when Jake Heaps, the seventh-ranked quarterback in the country according to ESPN.com’s Scouts Inc., pledged to the Cougars and receiver Ross Apo and linebacker Zac Stout decided to come with him.

At the time of his commitment in June, Heaps was considered the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country. While his status might have dipped a little, it hasn’t diminished his effect on the BYU signing class. Heaps and defensive end Bronson Kafusi, the 20th-best end in the country, have the Cougars sitting as the No. 24 class heading into the finals stretch before national signing day on Feb. 3.

“BYU has perhaps more college ready talent in this class than ever before,” Tom Luginbill, national recruiting director for ESPN's Scouts Inc., said. “The overall class with the likes of QB Jake Heaps and DE Bronson Kaufusi headlining is impressive and should ensure future success for the Cougars program.”

BYU’s is the highest-ranked non-AQ class this season. Its overall top 25 recruiting class ranking has even allowed it to be more selective. On Friday, the Deseret News reported the Cougars rescinded a scholarship offer to defensive lineman Kona Schwenke, who had been committed to the Cougars since the summer. Reportedly, BYU was not happy that he decided to visit Notre Dame this past weekend.

Overall, six of the Cougars 28 commitments are ranked in the top 30 of their respective positions and four are in the top 20.

The strength of this year’s class is pivotal for the Cougars considering all the talent it lost to graduation, including star quarterback Max Hall, tight end Dennis Pitta and defensive end Jan Jorgensen. The Cougars also will lose a couple players to two-year Mormon missions.

But if this class lives up to its current billing, it shouldn’t take long for the Cougars to reload and continue its streak of double-digit wins and competing for Mountain West championships.