New mission policy impacts BYU athletic recruiting in a big way

by | Oct. 08, 2012

Saints & Sports

The new minimum age requirement of 18 for LDS missionary service will immediately impact college recruiting of athletes and rosters at all universities — especially in Utah.

And nowhere will the impact be felt more than at BYU, whose rosters are lined with more returning LDS missionaries than any other athletic program. BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall currently has 38 players serving missions in 17 different countries around the world.

To say this new decision impacts BYU sports is an understatement. It changed the world for LDS athletes who are now 17 and juniors or seniors in high school.

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