The countdown to National Signing Day continues here at Cowboy Altitude. There is plenty to update you on after another weekend of visits. The biggest news comes from a very familiar name to recruiting followers.
According to Robert Gagliardi the latest commit for the Cowboys is former commit LB Lucas Wacha from Pleasant Grove HS in Texarkana, TX. If you are a message board follower then you are probably familiar with the news that the Pokes withdrew their offer according to a poster from Texarkana. If that did happen then Lucas certainly kept it to himself. According to his twitter account Wacha was in Laramie this weekend and Wyoming offered him last week. The only ones who really know what happened are Wacha, his family and the Wyoming coaches. Glad he will end up a Cowboy after all.
Scout is now reporting that QB Tommy Thornton from Marcos de Niza HS (AZ) committed to Wyoming after visiting this weekend. That now gives the Pokes two quarterbacks for this recruiting class.
It looks like the Cowboys have had so much success at recruiting linemen this year that they will actually use a greyshirt. Austin Tixier from Prospect HS (IL) has accepted a grayshirt offer from the Cowboys. That means he will enroll as a part-time student this fall at Wyoming. Then he will be given a scholarship in the winter of 2013 which is when enroll full time and his eligibility will start. He is following that same route that current Cowboy OL Nick Carlson took when he came to Wyoming.
The 6-foot-3, 242-pound Tixier had 8 sacks, 24 quarterback pressures, 5 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries last fall as the Knights made the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season.
He also had scholarship offers from Football Championship Subdivision school South Dakota and Division II Grand Valley State. Tixier said Western Illinois, Southern Illinois and North Dakota were among other schools which showed interest.
"South Dakota is an awesome program and it was very tempting," Tixier said. "I wanted to play at a (BCS) school. Wyoming had a lot of great things to offer and I decided to go that route."
Tixier is 6-3 240lbs and the extra year to work on conditioning and add weight will certainly help since he wants to play defensive tackle He hasn't been rated by an recruiting service yet.
Wyoming was targeting another defensive end with a grayshirt offer to Quintaz Struble from Heritage Hall HS (OK). Instead Struble accepted a full ride to Arkansas State. Even though he isn't a Cowboy you still have to be excited for Struble who will finally have a chance to play D1 football. His father was a tremendous talent but never had the opportunity to put those skills to use at the college level.
Wyoming was also recruiting speedy WR Ridge Jones from De Soto HS (TX). Today he chose New Mexico over offers from Wyoming and La-Monroe. He is the son of former NFL cornerback Rod Jones.