Great to see some familar names when the Denver Post announced their All-Colorado team on Sunday. Two Wyoming commits earned the honor of being named to the All-Colorado team which takes the best players from each position regardless of class. Obviously a lot of the talent usually resides in the larger schools but sometimes there are a few suprises that sneak in there.
Austin Traphagan came out of nowhere when he appeared on the Wyoming recruiting radar. No recruiting service has rated him at all but Coach Christensen liked what he saw when he went to a game and offered him a scholarship. Despite playing for 1A Yuma HS the 6-4 280lb linemen was one of five players named to the All-Colorado team. The other linemen come the 5A and 4A ranks. Shows that he could be a starter for any school in the state and that the Wyoming recruiters did a great job of finding a hidden talent in Eastern Colorado.
The other recruit to also earn top honors in Colorado is WR Dominic Ruffran out of Palmer HS in Colorado Springs. The agile speedster earned honors as a specialist for his punt and kick return skills. Expect him to play WR in Laramie and perhaps he will also have a shot at punt/kick returns with David Leonard and Zach Bolger finishing their careers.
Both of these players have verbally commited to Wyoming for 2011 but there is another recruit who is looking at Laramie next year who also earned some recognition.
Eddie Yarbrough is a 6-3 235lb OLB from Grandview HS who was also named to the All-Colorado team. He's held an offer from Wyoming for quite a time but never visited any schools during the school year to focus on his Senior season and helping his team in the playoffs. This meant that other schools like Arizona State and Colorado State no longer had room for him. You may be think "Another LB? Just what we don't need." Wyoming has filled all their LB spots for next year so you are right there. But they are looking for another defensive end and Yarbrough could add a few pounds and play end just like Josh Biezuns did this year.
Currently rated as the #6 prospect in Colorado he could be a big commit for Christensen to grab from the recruiting grounds of the Buffs. With a three star 5.7 ranking he would equal the highest ranking for a Wyoming recruit with QB Adam Pittser. He should visit Laramie in January and hopefully will like what he sees. The new staff at CU is talking to him but we'll see what direction they head once they have everything set.