My one concern about BYU's impressive and promising incoming class has nagged me for months, though.
Wednesday's lunchtime ceremony and Mendenhall's explanations didn't totally soften that edge.
It's been well documented how one incoming BYU player, highly touted quarterback Jake Heaps, has been a recruiting service all his own.
He is supposed to be a really good player, maybe even right away. He wanted really good players around him. Makes perfect sense. He went out and texted them, befriended them -- all within the rules -- and courted several kids to Provo.
Call these cases, "Heaps of Faith."
Heaps held a "commitment" ceremony over the summer. A lot of people in blue cheered the deal in Salt Lake City. A lot of people (some in blue, but mostly others who root for rivals) rolled their eyes. But there was a very admirable quality about the over-the-top orchestration: Joined by some other future Cougars, he appeared genuinely thrilled to share the spotlight and even deflect it to his new friends.
Cougar recruiting coordinator Paul Tidwell quipped a couple of days ago that he hopes he isn't soon out of a job because of Heaps.
Let's hope, for everyone's sake, that this unusual strategy works out.
We all know players in this class, like any other, will drift in varying orbits. Injuries, playing time availability and, of course, those two-year missions will present plenty of helter-skelter scenarios just like any other year.
I absolutely love that Mendenhall mocks nerdy reporters like myself, recruiting-service geeks and even his own fan base for questioning his recruiting strategies.
Truth is, none of us have a clue -- or any real perspective -- about the scene.