The Wyoming Cowboys continue their recruiting hot streak when OL Austin Traphagan from Yuma, CO verbally committed on Friday. He boasts a 6-6 280lb frame that should be able to add more weight easily over the next couple years. Yuma is a small town in Eastern Colorado and his school plays in the 1A division. There isn't a ton of info on Traphagan currently as he has not been rated by any recruiting service.
He played on both sides of the ball during high school but except him to stay on the offensive line as a Cowboy. Wyoming is looking to sign a total of five offensive linemen this year and currently have three commits set.
Here is a snipet from the Yuma Pioneer detailing Traphagan being named to the All-Conference team.
Austin Traphagan — The senior was the leader of an offensive line that paved the way for an offense that averaged 30.2 points per game, amassing a total of 3,653 yards in 10 games, including 3,239 on the ground as Yuma averaged 6 yards per rush. Traphagan also was among the team leaders in tackles with 50 total. He has been selected to play in the all-state game in June.
So he is used to being in a run heavy offense. Glad that his running backs had so much luck running behind some of his blocks. Hope he can learn the blocking scheme of the spread offense quickly despite it being so different. Hard to believe that there are only four scholarships left for the 2011 class.
The Pokes also made a suprise offer this past week to position that it didn't seem they would be recruiting.
Mike Cane of the Everett Herald confirmed that Wyoming offered kicker Daniel Sullivan of Jackson HS in Washington State. Interesting that the Pokes are offering a kicker when they have Sophomore Ian Watts handling field goals and strong footed LB Oliver Schober taking care of kickoffs. Watts doesn't have a ton of distance on his kicks but he was very accurate both years hitting 80% of his field goals. His career long is 46 yards.
Here is the video for Sullivan and he appears to have quite the leg. I'm a big fan of kickers so it was interesting watching his highlight video. He would have no problem handling kickoffs and field goals in Wyoming. With the altitude he may be able to hit one from 70!
Maybe they want Schober to focus on playing middle linebacker instead of kicking and Sullivan could handle long field goal attempts as well. We'll see what happens here.